Jonathan Brostoff Award

The Jonathan Brostoff Award for Outstanding Achievement in Early Career Allergy Research

BSACI would like to announce a new award in memory of Professor Jonathan Brostoff who passed away last year. 

Jonathan Brostoff had a long and distinguished career, making major contributions to our awareness and understanding of many branches of allergic disease, but particularly to food intolerance. After training at Oxford and St Mary’s Hospital, he took up a consultant post at the Middlesex Hospital, where he undertook research in the laboratory of Professor Roitt, and in 1982 became Reader in Clinical Immunology. In 1992, he was appointed Professor of Allergy and Environmental Health at University College London and in his final move he became Professor Emeritus at Kings College London.

In the 1990s, Professor Brostoff became fascinated by food intolerance whilst maintaining his breadth of his interest in allergy. Two areas which he espoused in the 1990s – sublingual IT and immunization through the skin – have now become mainstream. He consistently worked to combine laboratory experiments with clinical science. From local IgE production, to the range of food intolerance and sublingual immunotherapy, he published many influential papers helping us appreciate wider aspects of allergic disease.

The aim of the Jonathan Brostoff Award is to encourage and reward early years researchers by recognising BSACI members who, early in their careers, have made outstanding contributions to the field of high-quality allergy research in the UK. This is an annual award as a result of an endowment from Professor Brostoff’s estate where the winner will receive prize money of £750 and a framed certificate of achievement.

This award is open to researchers under the age of 35 in the early stages of their career. Nominations for this award should be in the form of a supporting letter of maximum two A4 pages long and should describe details of the research undertaken and how it will benefit people with allergies by increasing our understanding of allergic disease. The winner will be chosen by BSACI elected council members and will be able to showcase their research by making a brief oral presentation at the BSACI annual meeting where the award will be presented. The winner will also be added to the roll of honour list on the BSACI website.