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Thursday, October 13
SESSION 40 – ASHG Curt Stern Award Presentation
Room 210, Level 2, Convention Center
The Curt Stern Award is given annually by ASHG in
recognition of major scientific achievement in human
genetics that has occurred in the last 10 years. The
work could be a single discovery, or a series of
contributions on a similar or related topic. This Award
honors the memory of Dr. Curt Stern (1902-1981) as
an outstanding pioneer in human genetics who served
as ASHG president in 1956.
Aravinda Chakravarti
McKusick-Nathans Inst. of Genetic Med., Johns
Hopkins Univ. Sch. of Med., USA
David Altshuler
Broad Inst. of MIT and Harvard,
Harvard Med. Sch. and
Massachusetts Gen. Hosp., USA
Endocrinologist and human geneticist David Altshuler,
MD, PhD, is honored as this year’s recipient of the
ASHG Curt Stern Award for his outstanding
contributions as a leader in the study of human
genetic variation and its application to common,
complex diseases using tools and knowledge gained
from the Human Genome Project. Altshuler is a co-
founder and currently serves as Deputy Director and
Chief Academic Officer of the Broad Institute and
Director of the Institute’s Program in Medical and
Population Genetics, which has pioneered new models
of scientific collaboration. He is also a Professor of
Genetics and Medicine at Harvard Medical School,
and in the Department of Molecular Biology at the
Center for Human Genetic Research, as well as at the
Diabetes Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Altshuler is currently a member of the ASHG Board of
Altshuler’s work has provided key scientific
contributions that have enabled researchers to gain a
better understanding of the genetic basis of diseases
and helped to identify the gene variants that influence
the risk of common conditions, focusing primarily on
type 2 diabetes as well as blood cholesterol,
myocardial infarction, prostate cancer, systemic lupus
erythematosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. His research
findings have provided new clues regarding the
underlying mechanisms that cause these diseases,
and more generally, provided a blueprint for analyzing
the role of genetic variations in human health and
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David Altshuler has been a lead investigator of seve
major projects to help create shared research
resources - including the SNP Consortium, the
International HapMap Project, and the 1,000 Genom
Project. These fundamental resources have aided
human geneticists in their efforts to discover diseas
causing genes by providing publicly-accessible map
of human genome sequence variation data. Togethe
with his long-term collaborators Mark Daly and Stac
Gabriel, Altshuler has contributed laboratory and
analytical methods for applying these insights in
disease research.
Furthermore, Dr. Altshuler has also played a key role
increasing scientific collaboration in human genetics
on an international level. In partnership with Mike
Boehnke, Leif Groop and Mark McCarthy, Altshuler
established the DIAGRAM Consortium, which has
steered genetic research in type 2 diabetes towards
more collaborative, team-based approach coupled
with a strong commitment to advancing the careers
junior investigators and making data publicly availab
to the scientific community.
Overall, Dr. Altshuler’s work has had an enormous
impact on the human genetics field by laying the
foundation for systematic genetic studies of human
disease. In doing so, he has been a leader in taking
the important step towards effectively integrating th
study of genetics, genomics, and medicine. The
American Society of Human Genetics would like to
recognize Dr. David Altshuler for his significant
achievements in advancing human genetics researc
and collaboration among scientists in the field by
honoring him as this year’s recipient of the ASHG C
Stern Award.
For a list of past award winners, visit the ASHG We
site at