ASHG Announces Three Co-Winners of 2015 Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Education

The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) has named Robert L. Nussbaum, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Invitae and Clinical Professor of Medicine (Volunteer) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF); Roderick R. McInnes, C.M., M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital and Alva Chair in Human Genetics, Canada Research Chair in Neurogenetics, and Professor of Human Genetics and Biochemistry at McGill University; and Huntington F. Willard, Ph.D., President and Director of the Marine Biological Laboratory and Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Chicago; as the 2015 recipients of its annual Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Education ( The ASHG award recognizes an individual or group for contributions of exceptional quality and importance to human genetics education internationally. Awardees have had long-standing involvement in genetics education, producing diverse contributions of substantive influence on individuals and/or organizations. This year’s award presentation, which includes a plaque and monetary prize, will take place on Friday, October 9, during ASHG’s 65th Annual Meeting ( in Baltimore, Maryland. The three recipients will make a few remarks after jointly accepting the award.Individually and together, the ASHG Awards Committee noted, each of this year’s recipients is an accomplished geneticist and educator. Over the years, all three awardees have taught regularly, as well as run their own laboratories, and have been involved in program development and/or mentoring at various levels. Dr. Nussbaum has worked on elucidating the genetic basis of disease, including the heritable forms of Parkinson disease, Lowe syndrome, and choroideremia.
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