The Chris Silagy Prize

"We are both thrilled and honoured to receive the 2022 Chris Silagy Prize.  We have witnessed this prize being awarded numerous times over the past 18 years and the fact that it is given to recognise extraordinary contributions within Cochrane is a gesture which resonates with us both and is a wonderful reflection on Chris Silagy himself. Unfortunately we never had the opportunity to meet or work with Chris but one of the aspects that makes this award so special is the association our first Co-ordinating Editor, Chris Williams, had with him.  We have enjoyed hearing him share memories of the time they worked together during the very early days of the Cochrane Collaboration when our Group was established.

We have had an extraordinary journey during our years with Cochrane and it is the people who we have met and worked with during this time which has made it so.  Our close Group colleagues – Jo Morrison, Robin Grant, Mike Hart, our past Co-ordinating Editor Chris Williams, Jo Platt and Tracey Harrison as well as all our national and international friends, colleagues and author teams have made the years working with our Group so rewarding both professionally and personally.

It has been more than a job in many ways and in the true spirit of collaboration always a team effort. This honour comes at a poignant time when significant change lies ahead for our Group as well as many other CRGs so with this in mind we would like to dedicate its wonderful sentiment to all of our Cochrane colleagues.  In particular, our Managing Editor colleagues with whom we have not only shared so much regarding our day-to-day work but have also enjoyed lots of fun times together, ensuring incredibly happy memories for life.

We would also like to acknowledge Chris’ family and supporters for ensuring this important prize continues in his memory. 
Thank you, once again, from both of us.
"

Gail Quinn and Clare Jess
26 October 2022

Chris Silagy, AO, MD

Chris Silagy (1960-2001) was the founding Director of the Australasian Cochrane Centre, a former Chair of the Cochrane Steering Group and instrumental in Cochrane's development and success. Chris was energetic, positive and inspiring. Before his death in December 2001, Chris expressed a wish for a Fund to be established, to be held by the Monash Foundation. Chris initiated this fund with his own contribution, and requested donations be made to it instead of flowers or other tributes after his death.

Chris requested that this Fund be used to recognise contributions to Cochrane in ways that are often insufficiently recognised; for example, providing administration, management, Colloquium organisation, communication and motivation - in short, the 'glue' that helps to keep Cochrane together. The establishment and perpetuation of the Prize was approved by the Steering Group in April 2002.

The Chris Silagy Prize

The Chris Silagy Prize is awarded at every Cochrane Colloquium to an individual who has made an “extraordinary” contribution to the Cochrane' s work.

The Prize consists of AU$1,000 (drawn from the Chris Silagy Memorial Fund), a certificate which includes the words 'for an extraordinary contribution to the work of The Cochrane Collaboration', and expenses associated with attending the Colloquium (to be met by Cochrane). Potential recipients of the Chris Silagy Prize are required to have:

  • made an extraordinary contribution to Cochrane;
  • made a contribution that exceeds the expectations of their employment;
  • made a contribution to Cochrane that would not be recognised outside the scope of this Prize;
  • been identified by their peers as consistently contributing to a spirit of collaboration.

Nominations and selection

Nominations should be sent to Sally Green (sally.green@monash.edu) with the name of the Prize in the subject heading. Nominations should include a nominator, two seconders, acceptance of nomination and a one-page supporting document supporting the nomination against the criteria. A selection panel of three individuals is appointed each year from past members of the Steering Group and its advisory committees, and the previous year's Prize recipient (if not conflicted). A governing committee oversees the Prize.


 

Chris Silagy Prize recipients

2022

GC

Gail Quinn and Clare Jess
Gynaecological, Neuro-oncology and Orphan Cancer Cochrane Review Group

2021

No prize awarded

2020

Joy Oliver
Cochrane South Africa

2019

Chris Silagy Prize

Anna Noel-Storr
Cochrane Dementia and Cognitive Improvement Group

2018

Karin Dearness
Cochrane Upper GI and Pancreatic Diseases group

2017


Livia Puljak
Cochrane Croatia

2016


Anne Eisinga
Cochrane UK

2015

Jenny Bellorini
Jenny Bellorini
Cochrane ENT

2014


Denise Thomson
Cochrane Child Health

2013


Sally Bell-Syer
Cochrane Wounds

and


Nancy Owens
Cochrane Web Team (then)

2012


Jordi Pardo Pardo
Cochrane Musculoskeletal

2011

Martin Janczyk
Cochrane Web Team and Cochrane Germany (then)
Informatics and Knowledge Management Department, Cochrane Executive Team (now)

and 

Juliane Ried
Cochrane Web Team and Cochrane Germany (then)
Communications and External Affairs Department, Cochrane Executive Team (now)

2010


Chris Mavergames
Cochrane Web Team and Cochrane Germany (then)
Informatics and Knowledge Management Department, Cochrane Executive Team (now)

2009


Kate Cahill
Cochrane Tobacco Addiction

2008


Rasmus Moustgaard
Cochrane Nordic (then)
Informatics and Knowledge Management Department, Cochrane Executive Team (now)

2007


Heather Maxwell
Cochrane Vascular

2006


Monica Kjeldstrøm
Cochrane Nordic

2005


Janet Wale
Cochrane Consumer

2004


Sonja Henderson
Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth

2003


Gill Gyte
Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth

2002


Jini Hetherington
Cochrane Executive Team


Governing Committee for the Chris Silagy Prize

  • Sally Green
  • Jini Hetherington (from 2003)
  • Philippa Middleton
  • Jane Russell (Silagy)

Donations to the Chris Silagy Prize Fund

Donations to this Fund are most welcome.

Cheques should be made payable to 'The Silagy Fund, Monash University' and sent to The Development Office, Building 65, Monash University 3800, 246 Clayton Road, Clayton, Victoria 3168, Australia.

Credit card donations (MasterCard, Bankcard and Visa only) can be faxed to +61 3 9905 2944.  The credit card number should be written clearly, and the fax must include the expiry date of the credit card, the name exactly as it appears on the card, and the card holder's full name and address.

Telephone donations can be made to Sara Kelly, The Development Office, Monash University, University Development and Alumni, on +61 3 9905 9957.

Donors to the Chris Silagy Prize Fund

Individual donors:

Professor Leon Piterman; Mrs Pamela R Herman; Professor Elsdon Storey; Ms Lyn Roberts; Dr Wendy Rogers; Professor David Hill; Ms Frances Fairman; Professor Amy E Zelmer; Mr Eric L Garner, AM; Mrs Suzanne Strangward; Dr Rosemary L Nixon; Mrs Joan M McPhee; Mr John L McPhee; Professor Stephen J Duckett; Ms Pauline Pellegrini; Mr NG Taylor; Dr JL Linn; Dr JS Linn; Ms Margaret F Broadhead; Professor Godfrey Fowler; Mrs Jeannett L Hall; Mrs R Allen; Mr Ken R Strangward; Mr Julian F Coles; Ms Janet Coles; Professor MP Vessey.

Institutional donors:

National Heart Foundation of Australia; Mt Waverley District Scout Association