Trinity Professor Luke O’Neill wins award for inflammation and immunity research

He won the award for his research on on the role of innate immunity in the host immune response


Luke O’Neill, Professor of Biochemistry in Trinity’s School of Biochemistry and immunology, has won the 2018 Seymour and Vivian Milstein Award for his research on the role of innate immunity in the host immune response.

The International Cytokine and Interferon Society (ICIS) will also honour joint-recipient Thirumala-Devi Kanneganti with the award, which is the highest honour the society bestows.

In a statement, O’Neill said he was “honoured” to win the award. He thanked his “superb team of researchers, both past and present who made this possible”.

The Awards ceremony, now in its 30th year, will be held in Boston in October at the 6th Annual Meeting of the ICIS. The ICIS is a non-profit organization focused on cytokine, interferon, and chemokine research.

Nancy Reich Marshall, President of ICIS said in a statement: “The discoveries of Dr Kanneganti and Professor O’Neill are of profound clinical benefit to the treatment of major diseases in both immunity and cancer.”