Two calls for nominations are out. The deadline for the International Society for Interferon and Cytokine Research's Milstein Prize is May 1st. According to a press release, this award honors an individual "who has made outstanding contributions to research related to interferons and cytokines either in a basic or clinical field, and who has achieved international recognition as a result of those contributions."

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