ICIS-Distinguished Service Award to be Renamed in Honor of Signals+ Founder & Editor Howard Young, PhD

The governing council of the International Cytokine & Interferon Society (ICIS) announced the Society’s ICIS-Distinguished Service Award would henceforth be known as the ICIS-Howard A. Young Distinguished Service Award in recognition of the extraordinary contributions Dr. Young has given to the ICIS and its predecessor society, the International Society for Interferon and Cytokine Research (ISICR).

“It’s hard to imagine anyone ever doing more for our society than Howard Young,” said current ICIS President, Sarah Gaffen. “Starting with his leadership of the ISICR, the countless committees on which he served, his stewardship of Signals+, he is the epitome of service and the spirit that permeates everything we do.”

Impact on ICIS

Howard Young started the Signals Newsletter and has been its Editor in Chief since the first issue was published in 1994. “His witty and insightful articles will be hard to live up to,” said Gaffen. He was President of the ISICR in 2004-2005 and member of the Board of Directors 2005-06 and again in 2012–2017. Along with Sidney Pestka (1936-2016), Dr. Young shares the honor of winning the inaugural Distinguished Service Award in 2010. In 2021 he was the inaugural winner of the Mentorship Award in recognition of significant and sustained contributions to the career development of trainees and to the profession over four decades. Young was given an Honorary Lifetime Membership Award in 2016 at the society’s annual conference in San Francisco.

“I am deeply honored and humbled by having the Distinguished Service Award named after me,” said Young. “The Society has been very important in my career, and I always felt that my service to the Society was one way that I could pay it back.”

For more on Dr. Young’s Career and Honors, click here