Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) President and Chief Executive Officer Bruce Stillman was awarded the 2021 Advance Global Impact Award from the Australian-based organization Advance.org. The annual prize honors an Australian who has had an extraordinary impact worldwide through their work. Stillman was chosen for his groundbreaking cancer research using molecular biology and genetics and his leadership and influence in numerous fields and disciplines. The award was presented by Professor Barry Marshall, the 2005 Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine and 2018 recipient of the Global Impact Award. The 2021 virtual ceremony took place on September 8, 2021 and the celebratory gala dinner is scheduled for March 23, 2022 in Sydney, Australia.
Stillman joined CSHL in 1979 as a postdoctoral fellow and has been the president of the Laboratory since 2003. His research focuses on the mechanisms and regulation of DNA replication in eukaryotic cells. Stillman says: “I was very pleased to be nominated and selected for the 2021 Advance Global Impact Award from Australia, joining a select group of prominent Australians who have received this Global Impact Award, including the 2005 Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine, Professor Barry Marshall and the 2018 recipient of this award. To be so lauded by the country of my birth is truly amazing, and I thank the selection committee for this major recognition. I am humbled to join the impressive list of 2021 Advance Award recipients.”
Advance.org is a professional network that supports Australians pursuing international career paths and provides a bridge for skills and knowledge acquired overseas to be leveraged for Australia’s benefit. The initiative, partially funded by the Australian Federal Government, offers resources and information for Australians who are considering working overseas, currently building their career overseas, or are ready to return to Australia. 2021 marks the tenth anniversary of the Advance Awards, which recognize and honor the achievements of global Australians who are at the forefront of their respective fields.
In addition to the Advance Award, Stillman has been elected to the Royal Society, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Australian Academy of Science. He has received the Dr. H.P. Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics, the Gairdner Award, the Basic Science Award from the Society of Surgical Oncology, the Herbert Tabor Research Award, the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize, and was named an American Association for Cancer Research Fellow.