Emet Prize Laureates

Prof. Yair Reisner

2019 Laureates of Emet Prize

In Category: Life Sciences
In Field: Biomedicine

Yair Reisner

Jury Statement

“The EMET Prize is awarded to Prof. Yair Reisner for his pioneering research in transplantation immunology, which has led to extraordinary clinical achievements in the development of hematopoietic stem cells’ transplantations in patients with no donors; and for his contribution to the treatment of assorted hematological malignancies, particularly in leukemia, which allowed thousands of patients’ recovery.”


Prof. Yair Reisner,the former head of the Weizmann Institute’s Department of Immunology and the first president of the Israeli Stem Cell Society, brought gospel to numerous patients throughout the world. Prof. Reisner’s leadership in developing bone marrow transplant from partially suitable donors expanded the circle of possible donors to recipients’ parents, siblings and children, and thus marked a turning point, first for ‘bubble children’ and later in all blood cancer’s treatment.

The studies of Prof. Reisner, a 71-year-old native of  Tel Aviv, won him numerous international awards, including the Mortimer B. Borton Award  of the American Society of Blood and Bone Marrow Transplantation, for outstanding research;  the DKMS Germany Mechtild Harf Science Award, recognizing distinguished pioneers in the field of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation; the Jaap de Graeff  Medal from the University of Leiden; the Richard O’reilly Award of Sloan Kettering, New York, for leadership and contribution in bone marrow transplantation; the Abish-Frenkel prize for excellence in life science, and the Rappaport Prize for outstanding research in biomedical sciences.  

In 2003 Prof. Reisner was chosen by the Global Technology Network as one of five scholars in the fields of health and medicine whose work is of the greatest likely long-term significance.