Bioactive Lipids in Cancer, Inflammation and Related Diseases

The John Turk, MD, PhD Travel Award for Postdoctoral Fellows and Graduate Students

John Turk, MD, PhD, was a pioneer in lipid biochemistry, defining key mechanisms of phospholipid signaling that contribute to diabetes. His work first drew international attention when he used tandem mass spectrometry to determine the molecular structures of complex lipids such as phosphatidylcholines, one of the fundamental lipid building blocks of cells. Dr. Turk was among the discoverers of the key calcium-independent phospholipase A2, iPLA2b, that participates in the control of insulin secretion and the survival of pancreatic beta cells. Friends and colleagues of John Turk, MD, PhD, are sponsoring the Travel Award for a Postdoctoral Fellow and Graduate Student in conjunction with the Bioactive Lipids Conference. Applicants must be presenting work in the area of phospholipase A2 or other phospholipases.
  1. 1. The John Turk Travel Award in the amount of $750 is limited to postdoctoral fellows and graduate students.
  2. 2. Individuals seeking the John Turk Travel Award must submit an abstract in the area of phospholipases and meet the eligibility requirements and apply as follows:
  1. a. All nominees must be registered to attend the conference and submit an abstract.
  2. b. Nominees must collect and assemble the following documents as a PDF file and email to the address below:
  1. i. A letter seeking the John Turk Travel Award that clearly and concisely states the needs and benefits of attending the conference and a brief statement of your work in phospholipases (one page limit).
  2. ii. A letter from the department Chairman or training supervisor, confirming the eligibility status (postdoctoral fellow or graduate student) of the applicant.
  3. iii. The abstract submitted for the conference.
  1. 3. Applications for the John Turk Travel Award DOES NOT preclude an applicant from participating in the contests for the Santosh Nigam Outstanding Young Investigator Awardor other Travel Awards. However, applications for each award must be submitted independent of the other.
  2. 4. Deadline for submitting abstracts and this Travel Award application is Sept. 4, 2022
  3. 5. An independent panel of judges will select the finalist and the award will be announced/presented at the Gala Dinner during the conference Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022). The winners MUST be present in person to receive the award, lest they will be forfeited and presented to the runners-up at the discretion of the ERF Board of Directors

Application and recommendation letters must be sent via email


Submission deadline date: Sept. 4, 2022

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