2010-12-10 Dr. Lluis Montoliu, president of the International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT), announced today that Prof. Ralph L. Brinster, Richard King Mellon Professor of Reproductive Physiology at the University of Pennsylvania, will be awarded the 8th ISTT Prize for his outstanding contributions to the field of transgenic technologies. Dr. Montoliu writes, that Dr. Brinster’s “exceptional, fruitful and highly stimulating contributions to the field of animal transgenesis are recognized with this award. Very few scientists have contributed as much to the field of modern animal biotechnology as Dr. Brinster did in his pioneering work in establishing, developing and advancing animal transgenesis methods and principles. This seminal work in mouse transgenesis, often done in collaboration with Richard Palmiter, laid the foundations for the field and greatly advanced our understanding of the mechanisms of gene regulation.” The award will be presented to Dr. Brinster at the next international meeting of the ISTT, in TradeWinds Island Resort, St Pete Beach, Florida, USA, on October 24-26, 2011. Dr. Brinster will present the keynote address at the meeting and will be given lifetime honorary membership in the ISTT and a sterling silver sculpture of a mouse blastocyst created by the Hungarian artist Mr. Bela Rozsnyay. The ISTT Prize is generously sponsored by genOway.