Become the next Clemens von Pirquet Award winner!




Details and Conditions

The Alliance of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology invites Fellows-in-Training to submit abstracts for consideration for the Clemens von Pirquet Awards to be presented at the ACAAI 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting, Nov 7 – 11 in Houston.

Recipients of the Clemens von Pirquet Awards will:

  • Receive their awards during the 2019 ACAAI Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • Present their papers at one of the Annual Scientific Meeting Oral Abstract Sessions.
  • Have their abstracts published in the November 2019 Supplement to the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, which will be distributed at the Annual Scientific Meeting.

Three awards will be given for the best paper on any aspect of allergy/immunology or related fields submitted by Fellows-in-Training in allergy/immunology. In addition to travel scholarships to attend the Annual Scientific Meeting, winners will receive:

  • ACAAI Alliance Memorial Award – $2,500
  • Second Place – $1,500
  • Third Place – $1,000

Application Criteria and Deadlines

Applicants for the Clemens von Pirquet Awards must be Fellows-in-Training in an approved allergy and immunology training program in North America and either be a FIT member of ACAAI or have a membership application on file. Applicants must submit an abstract of original research to which he/she has made a substantive contribution and for which he/she will be the first author and presenter. Case reports may be submitted, however, a strong component of science should be reflected in the case report.

In addition, applicants must submit the following materials to Maureen Knight no later than July 21, 2019. (No extensions can be granted.)

  • Cover letter, describing the level of involvement in the research (design, recruitment, collection, analysis of data, etc.). This letter can include additional details about the work, but cannot exceed 2 pages in length.
  • Abbreviated curriculum vitae.
  • Letter of support from the program director, attesting to the fact that the applicant initiated the work and was responsible for its completion.

Deadline for online submission of abstract and receipt of supporting documents: July 21, 2019.


Who was Clemens von Pirquet?

Clemens von Pirquet was born into an Austrian aristocratic family. He studied medicine successively in Vienna, Königsberg (today Kaliningrad, Russia), and Graz. During his studies, he developed a strong interest in childhood medicine. In 1902, he began his training in pediatrics in Vienna with another former university classmate, Bela Schick. Their common work allowed them to recognize adverse reactions to antitoxins for which they coined the term allergy. Clemens von Pirquet provided major contributions to the specialty, and was continuously working on both aspects, laboratory research and patient care. In 1908, Dr. von Pirquet was appointed as the first Professor of the newly created Department of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore. One year later, he decided to return to Europe, first to Breslau (today Wroclaw, Poland) and then to Vienna.

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