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The Society for Pediatric Research Award
Given in Honor of E. Mead Johnson

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Award Information
Deadline: December 5, 2016

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The SPR E. Mead Johnson Award honors the foundational contributions of E. Mead Johnson (1852 - 1934) to the field of infant nutrition and child health research. Inspired by Theodore, his first-born son who suffered from a congenital heart defect and life-threatening nutrition complications, E. Mead Johnson pioneered groundbreaking research in infant nutrition. In the decades since a multitude of pediatric researchers have continued Johnson's legacy of outstanding research achievement as well as his commitment to improved infant nutrition and child health. Today E. Mead Johnson's legacy of research excellence and impact on child health continues to inspire new and established pediatric researchers alike.

The SPR E. Mead Johnson Award is the most prestigious award conferred by the SPR. Since 1939 the SPR E. Mead Johnson Award has honored outstanding clinical and laboratory pediatric research achievements continuing Johnson's legacy of advances in infant nutrition, excellence in pediatric research and commitment to child health.

Previous awardees include the past SPR President, Brendan H. Lee, MD, PhD; PAS 2017 Keynote speaker, Atul Butte, MD, PhD, and a host of previous SPR Council members. Most recently the SPR E. Mead Johnson Awardees were Kimberly Stegmaier, MD of Boston Children's Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA and Sing Sing Way, MD, PhD of Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, OH.

We encourage you to nominate pediatric researchers with outstanding scientific accomplishments that extend the legacy of E. Mead Johnson. Investigators may be nominated by any scientific colleague including, but not restricted to, members of the Pediatric Academic Societies and chairs of pediatric departments. The nomination and selection process is directed exclusively by the Society for Pediatric Research. Award winners will be under no obligation, real or implied to Mead Johnson Nutrition.

The SPR E. Mead Johnson Award includes an honorarium, award plaque, and travel expenses to enable the recipient to present a review of research accomplishments at the PAS Meeting. Awardee is also invited to provide a review of their work for publication in Pediatric Research.

Please circulate this announcement among faculty members who may suggest appropriate nominees.

Nomination Criteria

To be eligible for the 2017 SPR E. Mead Johnson Award, nominees:
•  Must have received their first doctoral degree in 1997 or later. (Please note nominators of candidates who have interrupted their research career for two (2) or more years but who are otherwise eligible may request that the Committee waive this stipulation.)
•  Must have produced outstanding research related to pediatrics and published in recent years.
•  Members of the selection committee cannot nominate nor support any nominations.

Awards will be made only when there are worthy candidates.

Nomination Directions

 Read the stipulations carefully to make certain that the candidate you have in mind is eligible for the E. Mead Johnson Award. The same instructions and process must be followed for individuals being re-nominated.
•  Complete the nomination form.
•  Prepare a detailed letter of nomination for each candidate to address:
     •  originality of the research work
     •  whether it is an independent investigation or in collaboration with others
     •  the soundness of the investigation, and the value of the research work in contributing to basic knowledge and to pediatrics. Include references to the literature where appropriate
     •  National and international recognition should be included.
•  Include two letters of support, at least one of which is from outside the nominee's institution and neither of which is from a direct collaborator/co-author of the nominee.
•  Include nominee's curriculum vitae which includes a bibliography of published works of the nominee with an asterisk next to each of what the applicant/nominee believes to reflect his/her most significant contributions. A consistently strong record of independent research productivity is an important aspect of the Award Committee evaluation.
•  List up to 3 recent (within the last 5 years) articles that reflect the nominee's best work. The selection of these three articles is very important as their scientific content will be a major source of evaluation of the nominees.
•  Completed nomination materials and all supporting documents (single-sided no staples) must be received at the SPR Central Office by December 5, 2016.

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  • Mail - COMPLETE PACKET (single-sided, without staples):
    Society for Pediatric Research
    E. Mead Johnson Award Committee

    3400 Research Forest Drive, Suite B-7
    The Woodlands, TX 77381

Supported by Generous Contributions From Mead Johnson Nutrition