New Investigator Awards

These awards are made in conjunction with ISSFAL's biennial congresses. They are awarded by the meeting organisers, to encourage researchers at the start of their career to attend the meeting, and to recognise and encourage excellence in oral and poster presentations by those investigators. Those who wish to apply should check the box in the abstract submission system for the upcoming Congress.

The exact nature of the awards and their numbers depend on the sponsorship support available to fund them in any particular meeting. Though the exact criteria used to decide these awards lie with the meeting organisers of each meeting, it is generally the case that such awards are open primarily to Student members of the Society. 

For the 2021 Congress, BASF generously supported 50 new investigators registration awards and 10 awards of $1,000 each to the Top 10 New Investigators. 

To become a Student member, an applicant must provide proof of his or her status as a bona fide student on a course of study (usually a higher degree) that is relevant to ISSFAL core interests. Normally confirmation from an academic supervisor is sufficient.

The New Investigator Awardess from ISSFAL Congress 2023, Nantes, France:


Arista Nienaber, NW University
Bijou Andriambelo, University of Sherbrooke
Bradley Feltham, University of Manitoba
Cherry Ann Durante, Emilio Aguinaldo College
Cielan Henry, Ulster University
Hylde Zirpoli, Columbia University
Janaína Silva, University of Sao Paolo
Laura Garcia Urtiaga, AZTI
Mackenzie Smith, University of Toronto
Marriam Liaquat, Norwich Medical School
Rachel Walker, Penn State University
Ruxandra Rotarescu, University of Toronto
Sara Arranz, AZTI
Secilia Garza, University of Texas

The New Investigator Awardees from the ISSFAL Online Congress 2021:

Nada Abuknesha, London Metropolitan University, United Kingdom
Helena Fisk, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Chang Gao, University of Adelaide, Australia
Genevieve James, University of Texas, United States
Anne Manson (Mendonca), University of Manitoba, Canada
Zelei Miao, Westlake University, China
Mackenzie Smith, University of Toronto, Canada
Elizabeth Symington, UNISA, South Africa
Inge van der Wurff, Open University, Netherlands
Kathryne Wierenga, Michigan State University, United States

The New Investigator Awardees from Las Vegas 2018:

Surjyadipta Bhattacharjee, LSU Health Science Center, United States of America
Abhishek Desai,
NIAAA, United States of America

Jessica Ferguson, University of Newcastle, United Kingdom

Kristine Gagnon, University of Moncton, Canada

Abe Kasonga, University of Pretoria, South Africa

R.J. Scott Lacombe, University of Toronto, Canada

Taeyop Park, National Institutes of Health, United States of America
Rachel Walker, Penn State University, United States of America
Kathryn Wierenga,
Michigan State University, United States of America
Inge van der Wurff, Open University, Netherlands


The New Investigator Awardees from Stellenbosch 2016:

Juan Aristizabal Henao, University of Waterloo, Canada
Christina Brei, Else Kroner-Fresenius, School of Health and Sciences, Germany
Blake Hopiavuori, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, United States of America
Kathryn Hopperton, University of Toronto, Canada
Abe Kasonga, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Michael Macartney, University of Wollongong, Australia
Eline Stoutjesdijk, UMCG, The Netherlands
Marc Trepanier, University of Toronto, Canada
Fenglei Wang, Zhejiang University, China
Annette West, University of Southampton, United Kingdom

The New Investigator Awardees from Stockholm 2014:
Jeannine Baumgartner - North-West University, South Africa

Célia Bidu - UMR-INSERM/University of Burgundy, France
Chih-Chiang Chiu - Taipei City Psychiatric Center, Taipei City Hospital, Taiwan
Raphael Chouinard-Watkins - Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Canada
Deanna Gibson - University of British Columbia Okanagan, Canada
Jacqueline Gould - Women's and Children's Health Research Institute, Australia
Brandon Hidaka - University of Kansas Medical Center, USA
Kerry Lee - University of Auckland, New Zealand
Fredrik Rosqvist - Uppsala University, Sweden
Niccolo Terrando - Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

The New Investigator Awardees from Vancouver 2012:
Eva-Maria Bachmair (UK) - Effect of Conjugated Linoleic Acid Supplementation on the Human Platelet Proteome

Denovan Begg (USA) - Thirst Deficits in Aging are Reversed by Dietary Omega-3 Fatty Acids or Cyclooxygenase Inhibition
Mariela Bernabe-Garcia (Mexico) - Enteral DHA Reduces the Need of Buprenorphine Dose in Surgical Neonates at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Mariela Bernabe-Garcia (Mexico) - Evidence of Beneficial Effects of Enteral Docosahexaenoic Acid on Cytokine Production and Clinical Outcomes in Surgical Neonates
Camilla Damsgaard (Denmark) - The Effects of N-3 Long-Chain Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids on Bone Formation and Growth Factors in Adolescent Boys
Rachel Gow (USA) -  An investigation into LC-PUFA, Event Related Potential (ERPs) assessments of brain function and behavioural measures in children and adolescents with ADHD and healthy matched controls
Melissa Gregory (Australia) - Elongase Reactions as Control Points in Long-Chain Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid Synthesis 
Catherine Milte (Australia) - Improvements in Childhood Learning and Behaviour Accompany Increases in Omega-3 Status
Catherine Milte (Australia) - Long Chain Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation Improves Cognition and Mood in Older Australians With Memory Problems
Kelly Mulder (Canada) - Evidence of Inadequate DHA During Prenatal Development Contributes to Loss of Developmental Potential in Canadian Infants
Suresh Mohankumar (Canada) - Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Conjugated Linoleic Acid-Induced Skeletal Muscle Glucose Transport
Zacharoula Nikolakopoulou (UK) - The Effect of Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids on Oral and Epidermal Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Sarah Orr (Canada) - Chronic and Acute Increases in Unesterified DHA are Protective in a Mouse Model of Neuroinflammation
Kuan-Pin Su (UK) - Mind-Body Interface: Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids and Somatic Symptoms in Major Depressive Disorder



The 2010 New Investigator Awardees from Maastricht:

M. Bernabe (Mexico) - Evidence of beneficial effects of enteral docosahexaenoic acid on cytokine production and clinical
outcomes in surgical neonates
P. Jackson (UK) - DHA-rich fish oil modulates cerebral haemodynamics in a dose response manner in healthy young adult
K. Su (Taiwan) - The effects of polymorphisms in phospholipase a2 and cyclo-oxygenase 2 genes on interferon-alphainduced depression and polyunsaturated fatty acids levels
Giuseppe Astarita (USA) - Deficient liver biosynthesis of docosahexaenoic acid correlates with cognitive impairment in alzheimer’s disease
M. Gregory (Australia) - Cloning and functional characterisation of the fatty acyl elovl2 and elovl5 from rat
C. Coomans (Netherlands) - Brain insulin signaling promotes fatty acid uptake by adipose tissue
J. Lambert (Canada) - Islet transplant patients do not respond to hypolipidemic dietary intervention role of hepatic de novo lipogenesis
C. Childs (UK) - The DHA content of rat liver phospholipids are significantly higher when an alpha-linolenic acid rich diet is provided during pregnancy
R. Kuipers (Netherlands) - The relation between DHA and AA is synergistic at low DHA status and antagonistic at high DHA status


The full list of all 63 New Investigator Awardees prior to 2010 (with mentor's name) is:

Sarah Abbott, (A. J.Hulbert),University of Wollongong,Wollongong, NSW,Australia

Martin-Paul Agbaga, (Robert E.Anderson),University of Oklahoma,Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,USA

Anita Royneberg Alvheim, (Livar Froyland),University of Bergen , Bergen,Norway

Alpesh Amin, (William S.Harris),University of Kansas Medical Center and University of South Dakota,Kansas City, Kansas and Sioux Falls, South Dakota,USA

Hildur Arnardottir, (Ingibjorg Hardardottir),University of Iceland,Reykjavik, Iceland

Gwendolyn Barcelo-Coblijn, (Pablo V. Escribá),University of the Balearic Islands, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Maria Laura Belaunzarán, (Elvira L.Durante de Isola),University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires,Argentina

Michael Bennett, (Drake C.Mitchell),National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism,NIH,Bethesda,Maryland,USA

Joanne Bradbury, (Stephen P.Myers),University of Queensland, Brisbane,Australia

Dehua Cao, (Hee-Yong Kim),National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism,NIH,Rockville,Maryland,USA

Carol Cheatham, (Susan E.Carlson),University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas,USA

Jinghai Chen, (William S.Harris),University of South Dakota, Sioux Falls, South Dakota,USA

Dany Chevalier, (Michel Lhermitte),University of Lille, Lillle, France

Caroline Childs, (P.C.Calder),University of Southampton, Southampton,UK

Rebecca Cook-Johnson, (Les Cleland & Michael James),Royal Adelaide Hospital,Adelaide,Adelaide, SA,Australia

Camilla Damsgaard, (Lotte Lauritzen),University of Copenhagen,Copenhagen,Denmark

Jane Deeley, (Stephen Blanksby),University of Wollongong,Wollongong,NSW,Australia

James Drover, (Eileen E. Birch),University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center,Dallas,Texas,USA

Carla Dullemeijer, (Frans J. Kok),Wageningen University,Wageningen,The Netherlands

Alison Fear, (P.C.Calder),University of Southampton, Southampton,UK

Cassandra Forsythe, (Jeff Volek),University of Connecticut, Storrs,Connecticut,USA

Julia Geppert, (Kebreab Ghebremeskel), London Metropolitan University, London,UK

Rachael Gibbs, (D. Ian Givens),University of Reading,Reading,UK

Melissa Gregory, (Robert Gibson), Flinders University, SA,Australia

Kei Hamazaki, (Hee-Yong Kim),National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism,NIH,Rockville,Maryland,USA

Bill Huang, (Hee-Yong Kim),National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism,NIH,Rockville,Maryland,USA

E-Chu Huang, (Jay Whelan),University of Tennessee, Knoxville,Tennessee,USA

Giorgis Isaac, (Ruth Welti), Kansas State University,Manhattan, Kansas,USA

Philippa Jackson, (David O. Kennedy),Northumbria University,Newcastle-upon-Tyne,UK

Susan Kary, (Susan E.Carlson),University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas,USA

Kathryn Weirenga

Abhishek Desai, NIAAA, United States of America

Abe Kasonga, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Inge van der Wurff, Open University, Netherlands 

Jessica Ferguson, University of Newcastle, United Kingdom

Kristine Gagnon, University of Moncton, Canada

Rachel Walker, Penn State University, United States of America

Surjyadipta Bhattacharjee, LSU Health Science Center, United States of America

Taeyop Park, National Institutes of Health, United States of America