ISSM Meeting Prizes

ISSM Best Paper Prize in Sexual Medicine 2023

We are thrilled to introduce the prestigious 2023 ISSM Best Paper Prizes, a recognition that celebrates excellence in original research, innovative thinking, and the quality and impactful contributions made in the field of sexual medicine.
If you have submitted a paper to JSM, SMOA, or SMR between November 1, 2022, and August 1, 2023, and it has been accepted for publication, your work automatically qualifies for consideration! 
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Here's what you need to know about the ISSM Best Paper Prize in Sexual Medicine 2023


A distinguished committee of experts, drawn from the esteemed Editorial Board of each journal together with members of the ISSM Grants & Prizes Committee, will meticulously review all eligible submissions. They are committed to upholding the highest standards of inclusivity, fairness, and impartiality in the selection process. The selection criteria encompass scientific rigor, contribution to the field, clarity and organization, ethical considerations, and DEI perspective.
To ensure diversity and avoid biases, the committee will consider the wide range of topics and perspectives represented in the submitted papers as an integral part of these selection criteria.

Prize Categories


The crème de la crème! This award recognizes the absolute best paper, showcasing exceptional research and making a significant impact in the realm of sexual medicine. The winner will receive a prestigious Gold Prize, along with a cash award of USD 3000.


A remarkable achievement! The Silver Prize honours papers that have demonstrated significant contributions, scientific merit, and excellence in their respective areas. The winner will receive the distinguished Silver Prize, accompanied by a cash award of USD 2000.


A noteworthy accomplishment! The Bronze Prize celebrates papers of outstanding quality and substantial value to the field, demonstrating the dedication and brilliance of the authors. The winner will receive the esteemed Bronze Prize, along with a cash award of USD 1000.

Global Recognition

The winners of these prestigious prizes will be announced at the highly anticipated World Meeting on Sexual Medicine, scheduled to take place in the vibrant city of Dubai, UAE, from December 15-17, 2023. This global event will serve as the perfect stage to acknowledge and showcase the remarkable achievements of our esteemed authors.

Eligibility and Authorship
We have ensured that this competition remains open to all authors, embracing inclusivity and encouraging diverse perspectives. Whether you are a seasoned expert or an up-and-coming researcher, your work stands a chance to shine! The only exceptions are Editors-in-Chief, Deputy/Co-Editors, who are ineligible, and any Associate Editor who is an author of a candidate paper cannot serve on the judging committee.

Be Present, Claim your Prize
To receive the prize, it is required that at least one of the authors be an ISSM Member and attend the World Meeting on Sexual Medicine in person. Don't miss this incredible opportunity to not only be recognized but also to connect with fellow researchers and industry leaders from around the world.

Rest assured that the selection process will prioritize inclusivity, clear guidelines, and a fair evaluation to ensure unbiased recognition of contributions across the diverse landscape of sexual medicine research.


ISSM Emil Tanagho Prize
USD 2500
For the best innovative research presented during the WMSM (based on abstract submissions)

Dr. Emil Tanagho was a formal Chairman of the Department of Urology at University of California, San Francisco, USA. He is a pioneer in neurourology, urodynamics and bladder reconstruction. He mentored many prominant members of ISSM including Wayne Hellstrom, Gregory Broderick, Gerald Brock, Serge Carrier, and Tom Lue. After the ISSM meeting in San Francisco, Tom Lue proposed to the ISSM executive committee to establish the Tanagho Prize to encourage investigators to continue the scientific exploration of physiology and pathophysiology of sexual dysfunction as well as innovations in diagnosis and treatment.


Will you be among these distinguished prize winners?

Best Abstract Presentation – Preclinical – USD 2500 
Brain Activation Patterns Associated with Visually Evoked Sexual Arousal in Female-To-Male Transgender Individuals
Park, K; Kim, G; Lee, M; Lee, HS; Jeong, G 

Best Abstract Presentation – Psychosexual, Gender and Sexology - USD 2500
Evaluation of Efficacy of Sexual Novelty as a Novel Therapeutic Strategy to Treat Hypoactive Sexual Desire Dysfunction in Women in Monogamous Heterosexual Relationships Attributing Reduced Sexual Desire to Sexual Boredom: A Prospective Randomized Study
Bhat, G; Shastry, A

Best Abstract Presentation – Female Sexual Dysfunction – Clinical – USD 2500 
Taking a Step Back for a (Future) Step Forward: Latent Class Analyses of Vulvo-Vaginal Pain Symptoms
Bittoni, C; Kiesner, J

Best Abstract Presentation – Male Sexual Dysfunction – Clinical - USD 2500
Retrospective Concomitant Nonrandomized Comparison of Testosterone Replacement Therapy Versus No Treatment for Erectile Function Post Radical Prostatectomy
Hammad, MAM; Gevorkyan, R; Tran, J; Fung, C; Barham, DW; Ahlering, T; Yafi, FA

ISSM Emil Tanagho Prize – USD 2500
Can Novel SDS-089 Nasal Vardenafil Spray Solution Achieve Satisfactory Drug Plasma Level Similar to Oral Vardenafil Formulation? A Bioanalysis Study Comparing Vardenafil Nasal vs Oral Formulations Using Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry
Chung, E; White, S 


GOLD PRIZE WINNER (Published in Sexual Medicine Reviews) - USD 3000
Oral testosterone therapy: past, present, and future
Jake A Miller, MD, Tuan T Nguyen, MD, Charles Loeb, MD, Mohit Khera, MD, Faysal A Yafi, MD

SILVER PRIZE WINNER (Published in Sexual Medicine Open Access) - USD 2000
A qualitative study of sexual health and function of females with pelvic cancer
Oveisi N, Khan Z, Brotto LA.

BRONZE PRIZE WINNER (published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine) - USD 1000
Relationship between pelvic sensations and lifetime exposure to receptive anal intercourse among people with prostates
Thomas W Gaither, Allen E D Siapno, Reza Kianian, Nathan Vincent, Kristen C Williams, Eduardo Piquerias, Marcia M Russell, Mark S Litwin.


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