Founders’ Medal


* nominations will soon open for the 2024 ICMRBS Founders’ Medal, to be awarded at the XXX ICMRBS Conference, August 18-23, 2024.  Information adapted from past nomination procedures is listed below and will be updated when nominations are opened.  Please email to be added to the mailing list for an announcement when that occurs *

The International Conference of Magnetic Resonance in Biological Systems (ICMRBS) was co-founded by Oleg Jardetzky, Mildred Cohn, and Robert Shulman in 1964. The conference has been organized biannually over the past half century, and currently attracts between 800 and 1,000 scientists to a six-day scientific forum held at different locations across the world.

In 2002, the ICMRBS Council established the Founders’ Medal to recognize exceptional contributions by young scientists to the development and/or progress of the field of magnetic resonance in biological systems.

Nominations are invited for this prestigious medal to be presented at the forthcoming XXXth ICMRBS meeting, which will be held in Seoul, South Korea, August 18-23, 2024. The award winner will receive the Founders’ Medal and $3,000 USD, and she/he will be invited to present a lecture at the above mentioned conference.


Previous Recipients

  • 2002 Lewis Kay, University of Toronto, Canada
  • 2005 Nico Tjandra, National Institutes of Health, USA
  • 2006 Marc Baldus, Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany
  • 2008 Chad Rienstra, University of Illinois, USA
  • 2010 Mei Hong, Iowa State University, USA
  • 2012 Hashim Al-Hashimi, University of Michigan, USA
  • 2014 Christopher Jaroniec, Ohio State University, USA
  • 2016 Adam Lange, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
  • 2018 Lynette Cigelski, Stanford University, USA, and Sebastian Hiller, Biozentrum, University of Basel, Switzerland
  • 2020 Paul Schanda, Institute of Structural Biology, Grenoble, France, and Nicholas Cox, Australian National University
  • 2022 Wei Qiang, Binghamton University, USA, and Markus Weingarth, Utrecht University, Netherlands


Nomination Procedure

The candidate must be less than 12 years post-Ph.D. (plus 1 year for each child) at the time of the meeting at which the medal is conferred. The 2024 nomination procedure has not yet been opened; possible candidates and nominees should expect details to be posted here with a likely May 2024 deadline.

The nomination should include:

  • a nomination letter (less than 3 pages), describing the nominee’s exceptional contributions, and indicating the five most important publications of the nominee. note that self-nominations are not allowed;
  • the nominee’s CV (less than 3 pages);
  • the nominee’s publication list.