Recognizing Altruism and Innovation
Science has the power to change human lives for the better – by providing more effective medicines and diagnostics, cleaner water, safer food, and much more. The Humanity in Science Award recognizes and rewards a recent scientific breakthrough that aims to have a real impact on humankind’s health and wellbeing.
The next Humanity in Science Award will be presented in 2017, with the winner(s) receiving a grand prize of $25,000. Could it be you or someone you know?
- The Humanity in Science Award is open to researchers worldwide.
- It may be awarded to an individual, group, team, company or other large group; and can recognize a technology, process or product.
- There are two ways to enter: you can nominate the work of yourself or your team with an essay; or nominate a peer’s work by submitting a letter of recommendation. The nomination should describe the how the work has impacted humanity.
- The work must have been performed during the previous three years.
Submit your Entry
The Award Winners
Meet the 2016 winner
Abstract and Biography
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 35 million people are living with HIV and more than 1.5 million died of AIDS. HIV has become one of the most devastating pathogens in human history causing 25 million deaths and it remains the leading cause of death in Africa. More than 95 percent of HIV infections are in developing countries, two-thirds of them in sub-Saharan Africa, where 28 million people are living with HIV. Although antiretroviral therapy (ART) is effective in saving AIDS patients' lives, the implementation of ART worldwide has been drastically hampered by the lack of treatment monitoring diagnostics and disease management. Waseem Asghar, Assistant Professor at Florida Atlantic University has identified new paper and flexible material-based diagnostic biosensing platform that could be used to remotely detect and determine treatment options for HIV, E. coli, Staphylococcus aureas and other pathogens. Using a drop of blood from a fingerprick, this novel biosensing platform provides clinically relevant specificity, sensitivity and detection of pathogens from whole blood and plasma. Using paper and flexible substrates as materials for biosensors, Asghar and his collaborators identified a new rapid and cost-effective way to diagnose diseases and monitor treatment in point-of-care settings.
Assistant Professor in a joint position at the Department of Computer Engineering & Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Department of Biological Sciences at Florida Atlantic University, Waseem Asghar received his PhD in Spring 2012 from the University of Texas Arlington, with a research focus on development of micro and nanoscale devices for cancer diagnostics and treatment. Asghar then held a postdoctoral appointment at Harvard Medical School and Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, before joining Stanford School of Medicine as Research Fellow. Asghar has a solid background in nano-biosensors, BioMEMS, point-of-care devices, reproductive technologies, and tissue culture. Now, his research focuses on a broad area of biotechnology, including the development of flexible microfluidic platforms for HIV patients, early detection of cancer at molecular and cellular scale, microfluidic devices for sperm sorting, cryobiology, and drug delivery.
Winning The Humanity in Science Award: Analytica Symposium
The Humanity in Science Award is an international research prize that recognises and rewards scientific breakthroughs that can substantially benefit human lives. Applications from all fields and industries are welcome.
You can nominate the work of someone else by writing a letter of recommendation that outlines why you believe the work is worthy of receiving the Award. Alternatively, you can nominate your own work – or more importantly that of your colleagues – by writing a 1000-word essay detailing the project and its humanitarian impact along with a letter of nomination from a respected and independent scientist. Initial evaluation of nominations will be performed by Rich Whitworth, Content Director, Texere Publishing. The Top 10 entries will be forwarded to an independent judging panel for selection of a winning project and three projects deserving of silver recognition. The winning group or individual will be awarded $25,000 in prize money.
The Terms & Conditions are available here.
There are two ways to submit an entry for Humanity in Science Award:
Submitting your own work or that of your team
You must provide:
- A 1000-word essay that describes the development and use of a technology, process or product for the betterment of humankind.
- A one-page letter of recommendation from a senior figure in the field who is familiar with the work.
- Brief CVs of the main nominees.
- Full citations of papers published by the nominees that describe the work.
Nominating a peer
You must provide:
- A letter of recommendation that describes the nominee’s development and use of a technology, process or product for the betterment of humankind, and why you believe it is a true breakthrough.
The Judging Panel
Editor, The Analytical Scientist
Content Director, Texere Publishing
Senior Principal Research Scientist
Professor of Analytical Chemistry/Forensic Science
University of Amsterdam
Director and Founder, Spooner Bioanalytical Solutions
Director: Future Industries Institute, University of South Australia
Benjamin W. Smith
Department of Chemistry, University of Florida
The winning group or individual will enjoy a total of $25,000 in prize money. This is a personal gift. The winner and three runners-up will receive a complimentary five-year subscription to The Analytical Scientist and The Analytical Scientist online.