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Judah Folkman Award in Vascular Biology

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Judah Folkman

February 24, 1933 – January 14, 2008

Judah Folkman Award in Vascular Biology
Presented by NAVBO

The Judah Folkman Award is a mid-career award. At the time of the Award, nominees will be between 3 and 15 years of their first faculty appointment (Assistant Professor or in non-academia, Staff Scientist or equivalent).  Therefore, a nominee's initial faculty appointment must be between 2005 and 2017 for the 2020 award.

In recognition of the breadth of Dr. Folkman's interests and his many contributions to vascular biology, the award will not be limited to the field of angiogenesis per se, but will encompass the full range of original research in vascular biology. Awardee will have made a significant impact on the field through his/her original research accomplishments. 

Learn about Dr. Folkman (links provided by Marsha Moses, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School)

Center for the History of Medicine at Countway Library:
Harvard University Archives:
Boston Children’s Hospital Archives:


 Past Recipients include:

2009 - Luisa Iruela-Arispe, UCLA
2010 - Brant Weinstein, NICHD/NIH
2011 - Holger Gerhardt, UCL, United Kingdom
2012 - Cam Patterson, UNC, Chapel Hill
2013 - Mark Kahn, University of Pennsylvania
2014 - Tatiana Byzova, Cleveland Clinic
2015 - Mukesh Jain, Case Western Reserve University
2016 - Gabriele Bergers, University of Leuven
2017 - Guillermo García-Cardeña, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
2018 - Christiana Ruhrberg, University College of London

Nominations are now being solicited from the NAVBO membership for the 2018 Recipient (click here). Deadline for receipt of a 2020 nomination is July 8, 2019.  We are no yet accepting nominations for 2020.

A nomination will consist of the following information: (i) Name and institutional affiliation of the person being nominated for the award. (ii) A brief description (not to exceed 500 words) of the research accomplishments and other attributes that merit consideration for the Award. (iii) CV of nominee in the prescribed format (see below*) - CV must indicate first faculty appointment. (iv) The nominee need not be a NAVBO member. (v) Recipient must be available to present a lecture at Vascular Biology (NAVO’s annual meeting). (vi) Up to three additional letters of recommendation may be submitted (each a maximum of 500 words). At least two of the letters must be by scientists from a different institution than the nominee.

When writing a letter of nomination, please also address these additional attributes of Dr. Folkman: positive impact as a colleague, collaborator and mentor; integrative approach to advancement of vascular biology research; and innovation and creativity.

  • Among the nominees obtained, three finalists will be chosen by vote of the Meritorious Awards Committee. The Folkman Award recipient will then be selected from this list of three finalists by a vote of the members of NAVBO Council and Elected Officers, Scientific Advisory Board, and Meritorious Awards Committee.The Award recipient must be available to give an Award Lecture at our annual meeting (October 2020).
  • The Award will be presented at our annual meeting, Vascular Biology 2017. An Award Lecture will be given followed by a brief award presentation ceremony. The award will consist of a crystal plaque to commemorate the event and a monetary award.

CV format:
A. Education/Training
B. Positions and Honors
C. Contributions to Science
Briefly describe up to five of the most significant contributions to science. For each, indicate the historical background that frames the scientific problem; central finding(s); the influence of the finding(s) on the progress of science and/or their application to health or technology; and the nominee's scientific role in the described work. Description can include up to four peer-reviewed publications and should not exceed one half page.
D. List of Trainees
E. Research Support
F. Full list of publications, organized into primary research articles, reviews, and books/book chapters.