ASHG 2022 Awards Presentations 

Since 1962, ASHG has honored outstanding achievements in the field through its annual awards. Each spring, ASHG members are invited to nominate their colleagues for these prestigious awards. These awards recognize individuals with a diverse background of experience, ideas, and perspectives for a variety of activities, including carrying out substantial research and far-reaching scientific contributions to the field, expanding human genetics education, promoting the science of human genetics and its application for the common good, and mentoring the next generation of human genetics and genomics professionals. ASHG is committed to improving diversity and inclusion in all its forms and encourages nominations of outstanding scientists who represent that breadth of background and experience.

Click here to view the 2021 ASHG Awards Presentations.

2022 William Allan Award

The William Allan Award was established in 1961 in memory of William Allan, who was one of the first American physicians to conduct extensive research in human genetics. The award recognizes substantial and far-reaching scientific contributions to human genetics, carried out over a sustained period of scientific inquiry and productivity.

Stephen Leslie, DPhil, introduces the 2022 William Allan Award recipient, Sir Peter Donnelly, FRS, FMedSci. Sir Donnelly's talk begins at 7:46.

2022 McKusick Award

The Victor A. McKusick Leadership Award is presented on behalf of the Society to an individual whose professional achievements have fostered and enriched the development of various human genetics disciplines, exemplifying the enduring leadership and vision required to ensure that the field of human genetics will flourish and successfully assimilate into the broader context of science, medicine, and health. 

Sara Cullinan, PhD, introduces the 2022 Victor A. McKusick Leadership Award recipient, David L. Nelson, PhD. Dr. Nelson's talk begins at 3:03.

2022 Curt Stern Award

The Curt Stern Award honors the memory of Curt Stern as an outstanding pioneering human geneticist. This award is presented for remarkable scientific achievements in human genetics that have occurred during the last 10 years.

Nicky Whiffin, PhD, introduces the 2022 ASHG Mentorship Award recipient, Heidi Rehm, PhD, FACMG. Dr. Rehm's talk begins at 2:37.

2022 Advocacy Award

The Advocacy Award recognizes excellence and achievement in promoting the science of human genetics and its application for the common good.

Fernando Scaglia, MD, introduces the 2022 ASHG Advocacy Award recipient, Meow-Keong Thong, MD. Dr. Thong's talk begins at 1:55.

2022 Motulsky-Childs Education Award 

The Arno Motulsky-Barton Childs Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Education
 recognizes outstanding contributions to human genetics education.

Peter Byers, MD, and David Wilson, PhD, introduce the 2022 Arno Motulsky-Barton Childs Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Education recipient, Maurice Godfrey, PhD. Dr. Godfrey’s talk begins at 3:10.

2022 Mentorship Award

The Mentorship Award is presented on behalf of the Society to individuals who have significant records of accomplishment as mentors.


Burcu Darst, PhD, introduces the 2022 ASHG Mentorship Award recipient, Cinnamon Bloss, PhD. Dr. Bloss' talk begins at 2:18.