The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) has honored Fowzan S. Alkuraya, MD, as the 2020 recipient of the Curt Stern Award (https://www.ashg.org/membership/awards/curt-stern/). Dr. Alkuraya is a Professor of Human Genetics at Alfaisal University and a Senior Consultant and Principal Clinical Scientist at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This annual award, which includes a plaque and a $10,000 award, is named for the late pioneering geneticist Curt Stern, PhD, and recognizes genetics and genomics researchers who have made significant scientific contributions during the past decade. “Dr. Fowzan S. Alkuraya is an exemplary physician-scientist who has taken his clinical observations into basic research in the laboratory,” said ASHG President Anthony Wynshaw-Boris, MD, PhD, Chair of the Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. “In returning to his home country of Saudi Arabia, he seized the opportunity to use his talents as a human and medical geneticist to serve a population with an increased burden of genetic diseases. We are honored to present him with the Curt Stern Award for his dedicated efforts to conduct research in human genetics.” “Dr. Alkuraya has made remarkable scientific achievements in human and medical genetics during the last 10 years,” noted Cynthia C. Morton, PhD, William Lambert Richardson Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology and Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School, who nominated this year’s awardee. This award, and many other ASHG 2020 annual awards, were originally announced in July 2020, and pre-recorded awardee acceptance remarks are available as part of the ASHG 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting (October 27-30) (https://www.ashg.org/meetings/2020meeting/).
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