The mission of the committee is to review ISSM grants, scholarships and meeting prizes and make recommendations to the Board of Directors, based on a written and by the officers approved protocol for assessment and evaluation of grants and prizes.
The ISSM Grants & Prizes Committee is responsible for the following programs/ initiatives:
ISSM Scholarships to the ESSM School of Sexual Medicine and Advanced Course.
ISSM (yearly) Grants to the affiliated societies from the Zorgniotti Foundation.
Prizes/Awards handed out at the World Meetings on Sexual Medicine
The prestigious ISSM Zorgniotti-Newman Prize of USD 2500 will be awarded to the best paper (both basic and clinical research projects) on erectile dysfunction.
The Female Sexual Dysfunction prize of USD 2500 goes to the best paper in Women’s Sexual Health.
The ISSM Emil Tanagho Prize of USD 2500 will be awarded to the best innovative research presented during the World Meeting on Sexual Medicine.
The ISSM Mental Health Prize of USD 2500 will be awarded to the best paper on psychology/behavioral health.
ISSM Excellence in Research Award
ISSM Rising Star Award.
Marieke Dewitte is a clinical psychologist- sexologist who had her training in Belgium and The Netherlands and completed her PhD at Ghent University, Belgium. She currently works as assistant professor at the Department of Clinical Psychological Science of the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands.
She teaches several courses and workshops on sexual responding at the university and in post- academic sexology trainings. Her research involves psychophysiological studies on basic mechanisms of sexual functioning, gender differences, interpersonal dynamics, dyadic interactions between partners, and attachment in relation to sexual responding. The main focus of her research is on the sexual interaction between partners. Her clinical (research) focus is on female genital pain. She also worked as sex therapist at Ghent University Hospital and now at Maastricht University Hospital. She is editor- in- chief of the Dutch Journal of Sexology and Secretary General of ESSM.
Prof. El-Sakka was graduated from medical school, Suez Canal university, Ismailia, Egypt, and completed a residency-training program in Urology and Andrology. He was trained as a fellow at the department of urology, university of California San Francisco. He holds several positions including the president of Middle East society for sexual medicine, president section of Andrology at Egyptian urological association, vice president of the Egyptian society for sexual medicine and surgery and chairman of urology department at Suez Canal university.
His basic science research encompasses development of animal models for the study of Peyronie’s disease, cryoablation of cavernous nerve injury, diabetes mellitus, and arteriogenic erectile dysfunction.
His clinical research includes surgical and non-surgical treatment of erectile dysfunction, Peyronie’s disease and the association between risk factors, medical co-morbidities, hormonal abnormality and male sexual dysfunction.
Panchanan Acharjee, MBBS, MD (Psychiatry)
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Chittagong Medical College, Chattogram, Bangladesh.
Member, ISSM Grants & Prizes Committee,
Associate Editor, Bangladesh Journal of Psychiatry (Bang J Psychiatry).
Professor in Urology- Andrology
Dept. of Urology in Cerrahpasa School of Medicine, Istanbul University- Cerrahpasa Turkey
Executive Committee Member ESSM
Member of ISSM Grants & Prizes Committee
Laith M Alzweri
Laith Alzweri, MD, MRCS, FECSM is an assistant professor of urology and the director of Men’s Health and Male Genitourinary Reconstruction at the Division of Urology, Dept of Surgery, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas.
Dr. Carolyn Salter is a fellowship trained urologist with a focus on male sexual and reproductive medicine. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University and her
medical degree from the military medical school, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). She completed her urology residency at Walter Reed National Military
Medical Center and went on to attend fellowship in male sexual and reproductive medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Dr. Salter is an active- duty officer in the United States Army. She is currently an attending urologist at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington, USA, and an assistant
professor at USUHS. Her research interests focus on testosterone deficiency, Peyronie’s disease, erectile dysfunction, and sexual incontinence.
Dr. Amjad Alwaal, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS is a fellowship-trained expert in sexual medicine and reconstructive urology. He is currently an Associate Professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ, USA. Dr. Alwaal has over 50 published articles and book chapters. He is part of the Grants & Prizes Committee at ISSM and also a member of the Fellowship Grants Committee at SMSNA.
Dr. Paul H. Chung is an Associate Professor and Director of Reconstructive Urology at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA, USA. He obtained his medical degree at Thomas Jefferson University and subsequently completed general surgery and urology residency training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He completed a research fellowship at the Urologic Oncology Branch of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD and a clinical fellowship in urologic trauma, reconstruction, and prosthetics at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Chung has an active clinical practice in urethral stricture disease, erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence, prosthetic surgery, Peyronie’s disease, buried penis repair, and genitourinary trauma.
Hui Jiang, M.D& Ph.D., Chief physician and Professor
President of China Sexology Association (CSA); President-elect of Asia Pacific Society for Sexual Medicine; President of the Global Chinese Society of Andrology and Sexual Medicine and President of Beijing Andrology Society; Visiting professor at the University of Texas, Houston Medical Center; Deputy editor-in-chief of Asian Journal of Andrology.
Hui Jiang obtained his bachelor degree of medicine in Beijing Medical College in the year 1991, continued with his Ph.D. and M.D program and finished his training in Urology and Andrology in PKU Second Hospital and worked in the Urology Department until the year 2004.
He continued his career in PKU Third Hospital from 2004 to 2022. He was the Associate Director of Reproductive Medicine Center and Urology Department during that time. He is now the secretary of the Party committee of PKU First Hospital.
His main research direction is the basic and clinical of male infertility. He has published more than 200 articles and participated in the publication of more than 30 books during the last two decades, obtained more than 30 research funds, including National key R & D Program, National Natural Science Foundation of China and led more than 10 clinical trials of new drugs.