Professor Alison Bashford, Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate and Director of the Laureate Centre for History & Population at UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture, has been awarded a 2021 Dan David Prize. She joins pre-eminent lecturers Professor Katharine Park (Harvard University) and Professor Keith Wailoo (Princeton University) within the History of Health and Medicine (Past) class.
Dr Anthony Fauci, Director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has acquired the Public Health (Present) prize, and pioneers of an anti-cancer immunotherapy Professor Zelig Eshhar (Weizmann Institute of Science and the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center), Professor Carl June (University of Pennsylvania) and Dr Steven Rosenberg (National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland) are named laureates within the Molecular Medicine (Future) class.
The internationally famend Dan David Prize, headquartered at Tel Aviv University, yearly awards three prizes of $US1 million every to globally inspiring people and organisations, honouring excellent contributions that broaden data of the previous, enrich society within the current, and promise to enhance the way forward for our world. The complete purse of $US3 million makes this prestigious prize additionally one of many highest valued awards internationally.
“I never imagined that historical work I pursued decades ago on the global management of infectious disease would be playing out before us with such force,” Professor Bashford stated. “I all the time thought that quarantine, isolation, masks and ‘plague ships’ would stay a part of our collective previous, not our world current. But that is all a reminder of how historical past is a part of our current, in all issues.
“I’m grateful that the Dan David Board recognises, each year, the significance of analysis of the human past, and honoured to be this year’s Laureate.”
In their announcement, the prize committee counseled Professor Bashford “for her wide-ranging historical work that goes beyond national borders, demonstrating the global interconnectedness of medicine and public health in the modern world, bringing our attention to the Global South; and for spearheading collaboration with anthropologists and sociologists at times of global pandemic threat, resulting in a deeper understanding of medico-legal disease control policies and practices.”
A world chief and an agenda-setter within the historical past of well being and drugs, Professor Bashford’s work is unusually expansive throughout geographies, matters and durations. As one of many earliest analysts of the connection between public well being, illness management and race, she galvanised historians of well being and drugs worldwide across the query of quarantine and medico-legal border management. When the biosecurity threats of SARS, anthrax and avian influenza amplified political insecurity within the early 2000s, she rapidly convened students from various fields, curating and modifying three books which have expanded our understanding of that complicated world second. One of them constitutes a significant useful resource for understanding the present world pandemic.
Ariel David, director of the Dan David Foundation and son of the prize founder, stated, “During the previous yr, we sought to deal with the challenges introduced on by the COVID-19 pandemic. We selected to take action whereas staying true to the broad and various method that distinguishes the prize, recognising achievements in all kinds of fields that take care of problems with well being, drugs and epidemiology.
“Our laureates for this year have probed how humanity has dealt with sickness and pandemics throughout history; they have provided relief, guidance and leadership in dealing with current outbreaks – from AIDS to Ebola and the Novel Coronavirus – and they are at the forefront of discovering new treatments that give us hope for the future in the ongoing battle against cancer and other diseases.”
Previous Dan David Prize laureates embody cellist Yo-Yo Ma (2006); former US Vice President Al Gore (2008); novelist Margaret Atwood (2010); filmmakers Ethan and Joel Coen (2011); distinguished economist and up to date Nobel Laureate Esther Duflo (2013); and synthetic intelligence researcher, neuroscientist and entrepreneur Dr Demis Hassabis (2020).