ASGCT's Annual Meeting honors and funded opportunities

DEI Career Development

All ASGCT Members are Eligible for Awards

Not a member? Anyone with a demonstrated professional interest in gene and cell therapy is invited to join—apply now and earn eligiblity for ASGCT's funded awards.

Funded Awards

Career Development

Supporting six members who are working toward independence in their gene and cell therapy careers.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

ASGCT has created three awards totalling $250,000 as part of the Society's commitment to promoting justice and equity in gene and cell therapy research. 

Annual Meeting Honors

Outstanding Achievement Award

The ASGCT Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes an ASGCT Member who has achieved a pioneering research success, a specific high impact accomplishment, or a lifetime of significant contributions to the field of gene and cell therapy. It is the Society’s highest honor.

Outstanding New Investigator Awards

Several Outstanding New Investigators are recognized each year based on their contributions to the field of gene and cell therapy. Investigators from academia, research foundations, government, and industry are all eligible to be nominated for awards.

Founders Award

Established in 2022, the ASGCT Founders Award recognizes a pioneering contributor to the gene and cell therapy field. It is among the Society’s highest honors and the recipient presents a keynote lecture highlighting their accomplishments that led to the award.

Sonia Skarlatos Public Service Award

Named for its inaugural co-recipient and tireless gene therapy advocate, the Society’s Sonia Skarlatos Public Service Award recognizes a person or group that has consistently fostered and enhanced the field of gene and cell therapy through governmental agencies, public policy groups, public education, or non-governmental charitable organizations.

Jerry Mendell Award for Translational Science

Named for the first person to study viral mediated gene therapy for muscular dystrophy in humans, and the principal investigator in the study that led to the FDA approval of Zolgensma to treat SMA, the Jerry Mendell Award for Translational Science recognizes the extensive work required to bring gene and cell therapies to clinical trial. Supported by Dr. Suku and Ann Nagendran

Best of Molecular Therapy Award

This award highlights the contribution of a lead author under the age of 40 to the Molecular Therapy family of journals.

Excellence in Research Award

Each year the ASGCT Abstract Review Committee for the Annual Meeting selects the top six abstracts submitted by students and fellows to receive Excellence in Research Awards.

Underrepresented Population Travel Awards

First introduced in 2016, the ASGCT Underrepresented Population Travel Awards honor and support ASGCT Associate Members who submitted abstracts to the Annual Meeting.

Meritorious Abstract Travel Awards

ASGCT supports the travel of approximately 150 Associate Members each year through the Meritorious Abstract Travel Award program.  Recipients will receive a certificate and a travel reimbursement stipend of up to $500 for domestic awardees and $600 for international awardees to the 21st Annual Meeting.

Outstanding Poster Presentation Awards

The top poster presentations from each of the three poster sessions that occur during the ASGCT Annual Meeting are awarded Outstanding Poster Presentation Awards.


ASGCT Policy Summit

September 26-27, 2022

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