The Jean Dussault Medal for young investigators is given annually to honour a member of the International Society for Neonatal Screening who has made a significant contribution to neonatal or other population-based screening which is recognized as such. The nominee should not have reached the age of 40 on the 31st of December of the year that the Medal is awarded. The Medal is accompanied by a cash prize of USD 2000,– donated by Bio-Rad (California).
The recipient may opt to receive the prize money in the form of a travel award to one of the ISNS-sponsored neonatal screening conferences or to have it used in one of the ISNS-sponsored neonatal screening development projects.
Nomination for the Medal
Nomination for the Dussault Medal may be made by any active member of the International Society for Neonatal Screening (ISNS) and must be seconded by at least one other active member of the ISNS. The nomination must be accompanied by a statement of 100-200 words which describes the nature of the contribution. The statement may be accompanied by supporting information such as copies of publications, curriculum vitae or other documentation of the contribution. This information together with a letter from the nominator and at least one seconding letter from a Society member must be sent to the President of ISNS. A member may not nominate or second more than one nominee for the Medal each year. The President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer are not eligible for the Medal.
Voting for the Medal
A list of nominees together with copies of the supporting information for each nominee will be circulated to all members of the ISNS Council, and others who may be appointed by the President if deemed necessary and appropriate by the Council. Each of the members above will be able to cast a vote for one nominee for the Medal in any one year. However, an eligible member of Council who is nominated for the Medal will not be able to vote. The method for voting will be by ballot as determined by the President in consultation with the other office holders, and the votes will be auditable by the Secretary of the ISNS. The recipient of the Medal must receive more than 50% of the votes cast. If no single nominee receives more than 50%, balloting will be repeated between the two nominees receiving the most votes. In the event of a tie, the President shall cast a second vote to select the recipient. The voting committee may elect not to present the Medal if no nominations for significant contribution are received or if those received are deemed unworthy. On the other hand the voting committee may conclude to honour more than one nomination in one year.
Announcement of the Dussault Medal recipient
The Dussault Medal recipient will be announced on the website of the Society. There will be a brief biography of the recipient and an explanation of the contribution made.