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Award Description

The John J. Abel Award in Pharmacology, named after the founder of ASPET, was established in 1946 to stimulate fundamental research in pharmacology and experimental therapeutics by young investigators.


The award is presented annually, at the award ceremony during the ASPET Annual Meeting. The award consists of:

  • An invitation to deliver the John J. Abel Award Lecture at the ASPET Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology
  • A $5,000 honorarium
  • An engraved plaque
  • Complimentary registration and travel expenses for the winner and spouse to attend the ASPET Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology

Nomination Criteria and Process

  • Nominees for this award shall not have passed his/her forty-fifth birthday by September 15 (nomination deadline) of the year in which s/he is nominated.  
  • The candidate need not be a member of the Society.
  • The nomination must be made by an ASPET member.
  • No candidate may be nominated for more than one major ASPET award in any given year.
  • The Award shall be made for original, outstanding research in the field of pharmacology and/or experimental therapeutics. Independence of thought, originality of approach, clarity, and excellence of data presentation are important criteria. Candidates shall not be judged in comparison with the work of more mature and experienced investigators. Quality rather than the number of contributions shall be emphasized. It shall be the responsibility of the sponsor to make clear the contribution of the candidate to any jointly authored reprints and manuscripts and the originality and independence of the candidate's research.
  • Selection will be made by the ASPET Awards Committee, appointed by the President of ASPET.

Nomination Submission

Nominations shall be submitted using the ASPET Awards Portal by logging into the box below. The nominations shall consist of:

  1. The candidate's curriculum vitae and bibliography in PDF.
  2. A brief biographical summary of the candidate and his/her work (in no more than 200 words.) 
  3. Six published articles and/or manuscripts that have been accepted for publication and are representative of the candidate's work. Each document should be provided as a separate PDF.
  4. A letter of nomination with a summary that describes the importance of the candidate's work (in PDF and no more than 1000 words.) 

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Nomination Deadline

Award nominations for the 2018 John J. Abel Award are due by Friday, September 15, 2017.

Recipients of the John J. Abel Award in Pharmacology

1947 George Sayers
1948 J. Garrott Allen
1949 Mark Nickerson
1950 George B. Koelle
1951 Walter F. Riker, Jr.
1952 David F. Marsh
1953 Herbert L. Borison
1954 Eva K. Killam
1955 Theodore M. Brody
1956 Fred W. Schueler
1957 Dixon M. Woodbury
1958 H. George Mandel
1959 Parkhurst A. Shore
1960 Jack L. Strominger
1961 Don W. Esplin
1962 John P. Long
1963 Steven E. Mayer
1964 James R. Fouts
1965 Eugene Braunwald
1966 Lewis S. Schanker
1967 Frank S. LaBella
1968 Richard J. Wurtman
1969 Ronald Kuntzman
1970 Solomon H. Snyder
1971 Thomas R. Tephly
1972 Pedro Cuatrecasas
1973 Colin F. Chignell
1974 Philip Needleman
1975 Alfred G. Gilman
1976 Alan P. Poland
1977 Jerry R. Mitchell
1978 Robert J. Lefkowitz
1979 Joseph T. Coyle
1980 Salvatore J. Enna
1981 Sydney D. Nelson
 1982 Theodore A. Slotkin
1983 Richard J. Miller
1984 F. Peter Guengerich
1985 P. Michael Conn
1986 Gordon M. Ringold
1987 Lee E. Limbird
1988 Robert R. Ruffolo, Jr.
1989 Kenneth P. Minneman
1990 Alan R. Saltiel
1991 Terry D. Reisine
1992 Frank J. Gonzalez
1993 Susan G. Amara
1994 Brian Kobilka
1995 Thomas M. Michel
1996 John D. Scott
1997 David J. Mangelsdorf
1998 Masashi Yanigasawa
1999 Donald P. McDonell
2000 William C. Sessa
2002 Steven A. Kliewer
2003 David S. Bredt
2004 David P. Siderovski
2005 Randy A. Hall
2006 Christopher M. Counter
2007 Michael D. Ehlers
2008 Katerina Akassoglou
2009 John J. Tesmer
2010 Russell Debose-Boyd
2011 Laura M. Bohn
2012 Jin Zhang
2013 Arthur Christopoulos
2014 Craig W. Lindsley
2015 Pieter C. Dorrestein
2016 Jing Yang
2017 Samie Jaffrey  


Last Updated: September 1, 2017

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