George and Christine Sosnovsky Award in Cancer Therapy

The George and Christine Sosnovsky Award in Cancer Therapy recognises outstanding accomplishments in the prevention, control and cure of cancers using chemotherapy, including gene and immunotherapy.

2016 Winner

Professor Yoshito Kishi

George and Christine Sosnovsky Award in Cancer Therapy 2016 Winner

Professor Yoshito Kishi, Harvard University

General information

  • Run biennially - NOT OPEN for 2017 nominations 
  • The winner receives 2000, a medal and a certificate
  • The winner will complete a UK lecture tour
  • The winner will be chosen by the Chemistry Biology Interface Division Awards Committee         

Guidelines for Nominators

  • Nominations open on 01 October
  • Nominations close on 15 January 
  • Only RSC Members can nominate for this award
  • Nominees may NOT nominate themselves
  • The award is open to nominees based in the UK or internationally
  • There are no age restrictions associated with this award
  • When nominating previous RSC prize or award winners, please remember that a person cannot be awarded twice for substantially the same body of work

To make a nomination please use our online awards nominations system to submit the following:

  • Your name, contact details, and membership number (please contact the RSC Membership team if you do not know your membership details)
  • The nominee's name and contact details 
  • An up to date CV for the nominee (no longer than one A4 side, 11pt text) which should include their date of birth, summary of education and career, a list of 5 relevant publications, total numbers of publications and patents (if appropriate) and website URL if relevant
  • A supporting statement (up to 4500 characters, not including spaces) addressing the selection criteria 
  • A short citation describing what the nominee should be awarded for. This must be no longer than 250 characters (not including spaces) and ideally no longer than one sentence
  • References are not required for this award and will not be accepted

Selection Criteria for RSC Awards

Our selection committees base their evaluations primarily on the overall quality of relevant contributions made by nominees and not simply on quantitative measures.

The selection committee(s) will consider the following aspects of all nominations for scientific research Awards as appropriate:

  • Originality of research
  • Impact of research
  • Quality of publications and/or patents and/or software
  • Innovation
  • Professional standing
  • Collaborations and teamwork
  • Other indicators of esteem indicated by the nominee/nominator   

Chemistry Biology Interface Division Awards Committee

  • Tom Brown (Chair), University of Oxford
  • Patrick Steel, Durham University
  • Lyn Jones, Pfizer
  • Tom Heightman, Astex, Cambridge
  • Riki Eggert, King's College London   

Previous Winners

The George and Christine Sosnovsky Award in Cancer Therapy Award Previous Winners

1999 - present

History of the Award

The George & Christine Sosnovsky Award in Cancer Therapy recognises their contributions to the chemical sciences community.

Dr Christine Sosnovsky
Dr Christine Sosnovsky's research experience has been extensive in the fields of surface chemistry and physics. She spent 8 years in Australia at the University of Melbourne and subsequently moved to America to pursue her research further and later deliver lectures also.

Her research included: investigating properties of metals and semiconductors, polycrystalline and single crystal organic solids and thin films. Her background comprises of studies of the effects of crystal orientation, surface structure and lattice defects on the catalytic properties of solids.



Professor George Sosnovsky
Professor George Sosnovsky's research interests have covered a wide range of topics to include research and development of fungicides, herbicides and insecticides, amidine derivatives as antiradiation agents, free radical chemistry, oxidative phosphorylation reactions and the synthesis of spin-labeled phosphorous compounds of biological interest, including anticancer agents. 

More recently, his interests have focused on medicinal chemistry, specifically the structure-activity relationships of anticancer drugs involving design and biological evaluations of new anticancer drugs. Additionally there were pursuits in the synthesis of contrast-enhancing agents for diagnostic purposes. Professor Sosnovsky is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, USA.

Contact and Further Information

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