The Benjamin Castleman Award is granted for an outstanding paper in the field of human pathology published in English. Selections made by the Benjamin Castleman Award Committee will be based on the merit of the submitted paper, not on the entire career of the author. Please do not include additional supporting papers. Any optional information or letters from sponsors should be focused on the paper, not on the author’s qualifications. The 2024 award will be based on papers published during the twelve months preceding the application deadline. The subject may represent any topic in pathology, but must be directly relevant to human disease. On papers with multiple authors, only one author is eligible, and only one paper per author may be submitted.

The awardee must be a pathologist or a pathology resident or fellow who has not yet reached their 40th birthday at the time the paper is published.  Papers by pathology trainees are encouraged. The prize will consist of a check for $1,500 and a certificate. Funds for travel are not included and the awardee does not have to be present at the Annual Meeting.

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Antonio Rodriguez-Calero, MD

2023 Benjamin Castleman Award

Antonio Rodriguez-Calero started his medical studies at the Universidad de Sevilla, Sevilla, España that continued at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. He then began his residency in Anatomical and Clinical Pathology at the Cantonal Hospital Münsterlingen, Switzerland and completed his residency in 2022 at the Institute for Tissue Medicine and Pathology, University of Bern, Switzerland. Since 2019, he has been a Research Fellow at the lab of Prof. Mark A. Rubin, Department for BioMedical Research, University of Bern, Switzerland. Currently, Antonio is a staff pathologist at the Institute for Tissue Medicine and Pathology, University of Bern, Switzerland, where he leads the areas of Uropathology and Nephropathology. At present, he is also enrolled in a molecular pathology fellowship at the same institute.

During his residency, Antonio worked under the mentorship of Prof. Rubin in the development of a Swiss-wide network for tissue collection of metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer. He led a project on Prostate Cancer Brain Metastases and its molecular definition, which included histopathology, whole exome, transcriptomics, epigenetics, and next-generation sequencing analyses. His current goal focuses on further molecular characterization and application of AI pathology in metastatic prostate cancer. Further, he is involved in national and international collaborations on uropathology with focus on prostate cancer, namely with the University Hospital Inselspital, Bern, Switzerland and the Abate-Shen Lab, Columbia University, New York, among others.

To date, he has published seven peer-reviewed articles (two of which were as first author), received the Poster prize of the German Society of Pathology (2020), and the prestigious Young Investigator Award of the Prostate Cancer Foundation (2020).


Previous Award Recipients

2022 Nicolas A. Giraldo
2021 Christian M. Schürch
2020 Jonathan C. Dudley
2019 Sanjay S. Patel
2018 Nicholas P. Reder
2017 Carlos A. Murga-Zamalloa
2016 Benjamin H. Durham
2015 Mark J. Kiel
2014 Valentina Nardi
2013 Abner Louissant
2012 Daniel Winer
2011 Anthony Gill/ Jiaqi Shi
2010 Adeboye Osunkoya
2009 Kirsten D. Mertz
2008 Laurence de Level
2007 Adebowale Joel Adeniran
2006 Arul M. Chinnaiyan
2005 Andrew P. Weng
2004 Anirban Maitra
2003 Jerome T. O’Connell
2002 David G. Huntsman
2001 Todd Kroll
2000 Daniel J. Brat
1999 Irina Lubensky
1998 Jeffrey K. Taubenberger
1997 Sarah S. Frankel
1996 Frederic G. Barr
1995 Marc Ladanyi
1994 Cheryl Willman
1993 Timothy McDonnell
1992 Giorgio Ingrahami
1991 Peter Humphrey
1990 Ivan Stamenkovic
1989 Stephen Peiper
1988 John Anastasi
1987 James Kurnick
1986 Lawrence Weiss
1985 Ann Thor
1984 George Murphy
1983 Renatao Iozzo
1982 William Beschorner
1981 Roger Warnke