Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory honors stars of science and sports at sixth annual gala

Double Helix Medals awarded to Temple Grandin, Harold E. Varmus and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Cold Spring Harbor, NY –
$3.3 million was raised to strengthen and expand Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s (CSHL) research and education programs at the institution’s sixth Double Helix Medals dinner.

The Double Helix Medal recognizes esteemed individuals who have positively impacted human health by raising awareness and funds for biomedical research. Driven by passion, intellect and vision, each has boldly participated in the fight to find cures for the diseases that plague us.

dhmd_group2011 Double Helix Medal Honorees, Dr. Harold E. Varmus, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Dr. Temple Grandin"Temple Grandin, Harold Varmus, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar have each made extraordinary contributions that have transformed the way doctors, patients and society at large approach all types of cancer as well as neurological conditions like autism” said CSHL President Bruce Stillman. He added that recognition of their achievements is especially timely for CSHL, as laboratory researchers marked major achievements in autism and leukemia research this year.



Dr. Temple Grandin, an inspiring advocate for autism research and the subject of the Emmy Award winning HBO movie Temple Grandin, was one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2010. Diagnosed with autism when she was three, Dr. Grandin has used her unique abilities to think visually and recall small details to pursue a career in animal science, and has revolutionized the livestock industry.

Nobel Prize winning cancer scientist Dr. Harold E. Varmus is Director of the National Cancer Institute, former President of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and former Director of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Varmus grew up on Long Island’s south shore, and he has also been a leader in global health and served as co-chair of President Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Basketball icon Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia in 2008. With a family history of cancer, he has become a leading spokesman and fundraiser to promote cancer research and works tirelessly to raise awareness for all forms of leukemia.

Double Helix Medals - honoree videos

Temple Grandin

Harold E. Varmus

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

About Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Founded in 1890, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) has shaped contemporary biomedical research and education with programs in cancer, neuroscience, plant biology and quantitative biology. CSHL is ranked number one in the world by Thomson Reuters for impact of its research in molecular biology and genetics. The Laboratory has been home to eight Nobel Prize winners. Today, CSHL's multidisciplinary scientific community is more than 350 scientists strong and its Meetings & Courses program hosts more than 11,000 scientists from around the world each year. Tens of thousands more benefit from the research, reviews, and ideas published in journals and books distributed internationally by CSHL Press. The Laboratory's education arm also includes a graduate school and programs for undergraduates as well as middle and high school students and teachers. CSHL is a private, not-for-profit institution on the north shore of Long Island. For more information, visit