Awards and Scholarships

Membership » Awards

Every year ISOQOL presents awards to members who have completed exceptional work or made outstanding contributions to the society. ISOQOL also has a Travel Scholarship Program that provides financial assistance associated with traveling to the Annual Conference.

President’s Award

The President’s Award is awarded to individuals who have advanced health related quality of life (HRQL) research and made outstanding contributions to the ISOQOL in one or more of the following areas:

  • Education of professionals, patients or lay individuals about HRQL’s value
  • Promotion or execution of HRQL or other scholarly activities
  • Facilitating or furthering policy initiatives that have an impact on HRQL

The recipient of the award receives a plaque, a $1,000 honorarium and partial reimbursement of travel expenses to the ISOQOL Annual Conference.

Eligibility

All ISOQOL members are eligible for nomination.

Nomination

Nominations for the President’s Award are due in May each year. Nomination packets include:

  • A letter from the nominator specifying the nominee’s contributions
  • A five-page biographical sketch of the nominee
  • An external support letter

The awardee is selected by the Executive Committee and endorsed by the Board of Directors.

2018 Award Recipient

Andrew Bottomley, PhD
presented by Jose M. Valderas, MD MPH PhD

Past Recipients

2017: Nancy E. Mayo, PhD
presented by Claire Snyder, PhD

2016: Carolyn E. Schwartz, ScD
presented by Claire Snyder, PhD

2015: Carol M. Moinpour, PhD
presented by Galina Velikova, MD PhD FRCP

2014: Mirjam AG Sprangers, PhD
presented by Galina Velikova, MD PhD FRCP

2013: Peter Fayers, PhD
presented by Bryce B. Reeve, PhD

2012: Diane L. Fairclough, DrPH
presented by Bryce B. Reeve, PhD

2011: Carolyn C. Gotay, PhD
presented by Carol M. Moinpour, PhD

2010: David Feeny, PhD
presented by Diane L. Fairclough, DrPH

2009: Ronald D. Hays, PhD
presented by Neil K. Aaronson, PhD

2008: David Cella, PhD
presented by Donna L. Lamping, PhD

2007: Dennis Revicki, PhD
presented by Madeleine T. King, PhD

2006: David Osoba, MD
presented by Peter Fayers, PhD

2005: Neil K. Aaronson, PhD
presented by David Feeny, PhD

2004: Robert Kaplan, PhD
presented by Albert W. Wu, MD MPH

2003: John E. Ware, PhD
presented by Mirjam AG Sprangers, PhD

2002: George Torrance, PhD
presented by David Osoba, MD

2001: Donald L. Patrick, PhD MSPH
presented by Ivan Barofsky, PhD

Donna Lamping Emerging Leader Award

The Emerging Leader Award was established in 2011 to honor and commemorate past-President Donna Lamping’s contribution to the leadership of the Society.

It is awarded to members showing exceptional leadership skills and potential by playing a key role in initiating and/or steering a specific ISOQOL task or project to successful completion. Such activities may be linked to the ISOQOL Board, a Special Interest Group (SIG), committee, task force or other initiatives undertaken by ISOQOL.

Eligibility

The award nominee must be a current member of ISOQOL and have been active on an ISOQOL committee, SIG or working group for at least two years, having shown exceptional leadership skills and potential. Individuals must have completed their PhD (or equivalent), MD or master’s degree within 10 years of their application. Current and past ISOQOL board members are ineligible.

Nomination

Nominations for the Emerging Leader award are due in May each year. Nominees may self-nominate or accept nomination by a sponsor. Nomination Packets must include:

  • A nomination letter of up to 500 words (approximately two pages of text, double-spaced), describing the ISOQOL activity for which the nominee is being nominated as showing leadership skills and potential.
  • A five-page bio sketch, summarizing the nominee’s academic record, employment history and research track record.
  • Completion of one-page summary –
    • Describe your type and level of engagement in ISOQOL
    • Explain the role(s) you played and the contribution(s) you made
    • Describe the outcome/success of your efforts

2018 Award Recipient

Thomas Willgoss, PhD MSc

Past Recipients

2017: Skye P. Barbic, PhD OT

2015: Bellinda L. King-Kallimanis, PhD

2014: Antonia V. Bennett, PhD

2013: Roxanne E. Jensen, PhD

2012: Melanie J. Calvert, PhD

Outstanding Article of the Year Awards

The Outstanding Article of the Year Awards recognize the best articles dedicated to HRQL research published in Quality of Life Research and in the Journal of Patient Reported Outcomes during the previous calendar year.

These awards recognize authors for significant intellectual contributions that promise to advance the state of the art in HRQL research methods, theory and application.

Eligibility

All articles published in Quality of Life Research and the Journal of Patient Reported Outcomes are automatically considered for this award.

Nomination

There is no additional nomination required beyond article submission.

2018 Award Recipients

Outstanding Article of the Year: Journal of Patient-Reported Outcomes

Louise Newton, A comparison of three methods to generate a conceptual understanding of a disease based on the patients’ perspective. Journal of Patient-Reported Outcomes (2017) 1:9: DOI 10.1186/s41687-017-0013-6.

Outstanding Article of the Year: Quality of Life Research

Julie Ratcliffe, Does one size fit all? Assessing the preferences of older and younger people for attributes of quality of life. Qual Life Res (2017) 26:2: 299-309.

Past Recipients

Outstanding Article of the Year: Quality of Life Research

2017: Anat Shoshani, The effects of the Make a Wish intervention on psychiatric symptoms and health-related quality of life of children with cancer: a randomised controlled trial. Qual Life Res 2016 May; 25(5): 1209-1218.

2016: Daniel S. J. Costa, Reflective, causal, and composite indicators of quality of life: A conceptual or an empirical distinction? Qual Life Res 2015 Sep; 24(9): 2057-65.

2015: Peter Fayers, Don’t middle your MIDs: regression to the mean shrinks estimates of minimally important differences. Qual Life Res 2014 Feb; 23(1): 1-4.

2014: John P. Bentley, Functional status, life-space mobility and quality of life: a longitudinal mediation analysis. Qual Life Res 2013 Sep; 22(7): 1621-32.

2013: Richard Gershon, Neuro-QOL: quality of life item banks for adults with neurological disorders: item development and calibrations based upon clinical and general population testing. Qual Life Res 2012 Apr; 21(3): 475-86.

2012: Michael Brundage, et al, Patterns of reporting health-related quality of life outcomes in randomized clinical trials: implications for clinicians and quality of life researchers. Qual Life Res 2011 Jun; 20(5): 653-64.

2011: Wendy J. Post, The analysis of longitudinal quality of life measures with informative dropout: A pattern mixture approach. Qual Life Res 2010 Feb; 19 (1): 137-148.

Outstanding Poster Award

The Outstanding Poster Award is given to the presenting authors of Annual Conference poster submissions receiving the highest evaluations during the review process.

The winners are recognized in the final program and with a ribbon on their poster board.

Eligibility

All submitted posters are automatically considered for this award. Before the conference, finalists are chosen based on review scores. Each of the finalists is judged during the conference and one winner is selected.

Nomination

There is no additional nomination required beyond poster submission.

2018 Recipient

Borghild Løyland, Down and out? Work and welfare trajectories among a cohort of Norwegian long-term social assistance recipients with complex health problems and low quality of life

Past Recipients

2017: Francesco Cottone, PhD, The FA-IPSS(h): A New Index Combining Clinical Data and Patient-Reported Outcomes to Improve Prognostication for Myelodysplastic Syndromes

2016: Dagmar Amtmann, PhD, Development of an item bank to measure pain catastrophizing           

2015: Skye P. Barbic, PhD OT, How can Rasch Measurement methods inform a measurement paradigm shift in mental health care?

Student and New Investigator Awards

Every year ISOQOL recognizes the best overall oral and poster presentations at the Annual Conference made by full-time students and investigators in the early stages of their career.

Eligibility

Abstracts submitted by students and new investigators are considered for these awards.

At the time of submission, student applicants must be enrolled in a full-time program, and new investigator applicants must be within five years of the end of their position as full-time student or postdoctoral fellow.

Before the conference, finalists are chosen based on review scores in four categories:

  • Student oral presentation
  • Student poster
  • New investigator oral presentation
  • New investigator poster

Each of the finalists is judged during the conference and one winner is selected for each category. Each winner receives a cash prize.

Nomination

At the time of abstract submission, authors will have the opportunity to select if they qualify as a student or new investigator. This selection constitutes the nomination.

2018 Recipients

Student Oral Award

Joshua Biber, MS MBA, Mapping PROMIS Physical Function Scores to Functional Ability

Student Poster Award

Loïs F. van de Water, MSc, Communicating treatment risks and benefits to cancer patients: a systematic review of different verbal and visual communication methods

New Investigator Oral Award

Derek G. Kyte, PhD, Systematic evaluation of patient-reported outcome (PRO) protocol content and reporting in cancer clinical trials: the EPiC study

New Investigator Poster Award (Tie)

Philip Griffiths, PhD, Psychometric Properties in the Face of Missing Data – A Simulation Study Assessing the Effect of Missing Data on Test-Retest Reliability in Diary Studies

John D. Peipert, PhD, Measurement Invariance between Black and White Dialysis Patients and Normative Scores for the General Dialysis Population in the United States on The Kidney Disease Quality of Life 36-item Short-form Survey (KDQOL-36)

Past Recipients

Student Oral Award

2017: Joshua Biber, MS MBA, Comparing automated mental health screening to manual processes in a health care system

2016: Laura C. Pinheiro, MPH PhD, The Prognostic Value of Health-Related Quality of Life on Survival: A prospective cohort study of older Americans with lung cancer

2015: Elena Tsangaris, MSc, Determining the Psychometric Properties of the CLEFT-Q Using Two Different Sets of Response Options

2014: Martine H.P. Crins, The impact of Dutch- versus English-language calibrations on theta estimates of the Dutch-Flemish PROMIS Pain Behavior and Pain Interference Item Banks

2013: Kim Nicolaije, The Impact of an Automatically Generated Survivorship Care Plan on Patient-Reported Outcomes: Results of a Pragmatic Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial (ROGY Care) Among Endometrial Cancer Patients

2012: Ana Maria Rodriguez, MSc PT PhD, Identifying and Characterizing Trajectories of QOL in Persons with Advanced Cancer: Important Contributors to decreasing QOL in People with Cancer

2011: Areej Shahbaz, Establishing Content Validity of the Give Youth a Voice Questionnaire for use in Pediatric Oncology: A Qualitative Study

Student Poster Award

2017: Lene Kongsgaard Nielsen, MD PhD candidate, Health-related quality of life in non-transplant eligible newly diagnosed multiple myeloma patients treated with melphalan/prednisolone plus either thalidomide or lenalidomide; results of the HOVON87/NMSG18 study

2016: Elisavet Moschopoulou, BSc MSc PhD candidate, Post-Traumatic Stress in Head and Neck Cancer Survivors

2015: Ayesha Mahmud, MRCOG, PhD candidate, Outcome reporting in UK-based maternity trials: A Systematic review of randomised controlled trials (The Pro-Maternity group)

2014: Alaa M. Arafah, MSc PhD candidate, What Matters to Women Living with MS in Saudi Arabia

2013: Amélie Anota, PhD, QoLR: An R Package for the Longitudinal Analysis of Health-Related Quality of Life in Oncology

2012: Carlos K. H. Wong, PhD MPhil BSc, Assessing the Measurement Invariance of the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Colorectal Quality of Life Instrument between Self- and Interviewer-administration

2011: Shahnaz Shahrbanian, PhD, Symptom clusters in individuals with multiple sclerosis

New Investigator Oral Award

2017: Antoine Vanier, MD PhD, What are all the proposed methods to estimate the Minimal Clinically Important Difference of a Patient-Reported Outcomes Measure? A systematic review

2016: Chris Gibbons, PhD, All CATS are grey in the dark: a novel approach to evaluating computer adaptive tests (CATs) in the real world

2015: John P. Barile, PhD, Factor Structure of the CDC Healthy Days Core and Symptoms Modules and their Association with Stress, Access to Care, and Social Determinants of Health

2014: Skye P. Barbic, PhD OT, What can modern measurement methods tell clinicians about adaptive responses of depression?

2013: Ester Villalonga-Olives, PhD, Health-Related Quality of Life of Children with Immigrant Backgrounds: Towards a New Pattern in Europe

2012: Paulos Teckle, PhD, Mapping responses on the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-General (FACT-G) to the HUI2 and HUI3

2011: Evan Matros, MD, Missing elements in current head and neck patient reported outcome measures

New Investigator Poster Award

2017: Derek G. Kyte, PhD, Systematic Evaluation of Patient-Reported Outcome (PRO) Protocol Content and Reporting in Cancer Clinical Trials: The EPiC Study

2016: David Riedle, PhD, Cancer patients’ understanding of their individual quality of life scores using graphical presentations

2015: Eithne Sexton, Does the EQ-5D capture the effect of physical and mental health on subjective well-being among older people?

2014: Claudia Rutherford, PhD, Mode of administration of patient-reported outcomes (PROs): a systematic review

2013: Jiseon Kim, PhD, Validation of CESD-20 and PHQ-9 Crosswalks to PROMIS Depression in Multiple Sclerosis

2012: Pranav Gandhi, PhD, Factors associated with asthma control and health-related quality of life in children: A path analysis

2011: Hwee-Lin Wee, PhD, Association of anthropometric measures with Short-Form 36 (SF-36) physical and mental component summary scores in a multiethnic Asian population

ISOQOL Travel Scholarship Program

The ISOQOL Travel Scholarship Program was developed to increase the opportunity for members to attend and present at the Annual Conference by providing funds to help defray travel.

Scholarship funds are provided as reimbursement following the Annual Conference. Advance funds are not available.

*Members who meet eligibility requirements can apply for both scholarships.

Patient Research Partner (PRP) Travel Scholarships

In order to contribute to the advancement of patient engagement in outcomes research, ISOQOL has funding for selected PRPs with relevant experience to attend the ISOQOL Annual Conference. The primary objectives for PRPs participating in this program are to:

  • Collaborate with the Patient Engagement Special Interest Group (SIG).
  • Attend and contribute to specific educational sessions at the Annual Conference.
  • Participate in the I-SIG symposium to contribute the patient perspective. This may include serving on a panel discussion group at the conference.
  • Promote participation of PRPs in activities related to the active engagement of patient partners in research of relevance to the ISOQOL community.

Eligibility

PRPs are selected based upon their experience as active partners in research programs (particularly those relevant to the ISOQOL community), and their potential to contribute to programs during this conference and in the future. In this context, we are defining PRPs as patients who have actively contributed to the design, development, delivery and/or evaluation of research projects and not solely as patients who have participated as research participants.

Nomination

Nominations for the PRP Travel Scholarship are due in May of each year. Nomination packets include a letter of reference from a current ISOQOL member who will be attending the Annual Conference to participate in the Patient Engagement activities mentioned above.

Developing Country and Student/New Investigator Travel Scholarships

ISOQOL helps to defray the expenses associated with travel to the Annual Conference by providing travel assistance to:

  • Student members
  • Members in the early stages of their careers
  • Members from developing countries

Eligibility

Eligible applicants for the Developing Country Scholarship must be current ISOQOL members and hold their primary residence in one of the eligible developing countries. List of Eligible Countries.

Eligible applicants for the Student and New Investigator Scholarship must be current ISOQOL members and either a current student or new investigator (within five years of completing their terminal degree or medical residency).

Applicants for both categories of the Travel Scholarship Program must also submit an abstract to the Annual Conference.

Nominations

Nominations for the Developing Country and Student/New Investigator Travel Scholarship are due in May each year. Nomination packets include a letter of reference from a current ISOQOL member.

2019 Recipients

New Investigator and Student Scholarship

Kyle Kemp, MSc, Canada

Natasha Roberts, BN (hons), Australia

Antoinette Davey, MPhil, United Kingdom

Developing Countries Scholarship

Adesola Odole, PhD, Nigeria

Tatiana Nikitina, PhD, Russia

Allan Berrocal, Switzerland

Patient Research Partner Scholarship

Allyson Berent, United States

Yelak Biru, MSc, United States

Kristian Ahm Hansen, Denmark

Past Recipients

New Investigator and Student Scholarship

2018

Sana Ishaque, PhD candidate

Nathan A. Pearson, MSc, BSc (Hons)

Hannah Penton, PhD candidate

2017

Nina Deliu, MSc

Rebecca Mercieca-Bebber, PhD Candidate

Jessica Roydhouse, PhD

2016

Henriette Golke, Dipl. Psych.

Madeline Pe, PhD

Laura C. Pinheiro, MPH PhD

2015

Guannan Bai, MSc

John P. Barile, PhD

Kathrin I. Fischer, MSc

Venkata “Sravan” Jaggumantri, PhD

Andrea Najera Ulloa, MD

2014

Monica Avila Pacheco, BPharm MPH PhD

Sandra D. Griffith, PhD

Siyan Baxter

2012

Divine E. Ediebah, MSc

Lotte Haverman, PhD

Belinda L. King-Kallimanis, PhD

2011

Karl S. Bagraith

Niklas Bobrovitz, BHSc(h) MSc

Maria Y. K. Chow, MIPH M.Phil

Catherine Golics

Yash J. Jalundhwala, MS PhD

Sally Wilson, PhD

Developing Countries Scholarship

2018

Yangjun Liu, PhD candidate

Meng Wang

2017

Wenjie Duan, PhD

Fredrick D. Purba, MSc

2016

Pushpendra Goswami, PhD

Neusa Rocha, PhD

Kedar Mate

2015

Andrea C. Cueva, MSc

Andréa L. Monteiro, MSc

Ranjan Pattnaik, MHA, PhD

2014

Raluca I. Antonie, PhD

Khaled Hassine

Danielle Maria S.S. dos Santos, PhD

Doris M. Mwesigire, MD

2013

Yu Changhe, MSc

Divine E. Ediebah, MSc

Yash J. Jalundhwala, MS PhD

Vasoontara Yiengprugsawan, PhD

2012

Joshua C. Gandi, RN RPN HND BSc MSc PhD

LV Meijun

Shahnaz Shahrbanian, PhD

Paulos Teckle, PhD

2011

Christiane B. Bendo, MD

Subhas Pandit, MD

Patient Research Partner Scholarship

2018

Jacqueline C. Jones

Mary Stanbury

Sandra A. Zelinsky

2017

Jennifer Bostock, PhD MA BA

Philip Posner, PhD

2016

Cynthia Chauhan, MSW

Jane Perlmutter, PhD MBA

2015

Mario Di Carlo

Amye Leong, MBA

2014

Samantha Brace-McDonnell

Anne Lyddiatt

The International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL) is a global community of researchers, clinicians, health care professionals, industry professionals, consultants, and patient research partners advancing health related quality of life research (HRQL).

Together, we are creating a future in which patient perspective is integral to health research, care and policy.