The American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG) recently honored two geneticists from Emory University School of Medicine at the ACMG 2008 Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting in Phoenix, AZ.
The ACMG Foundation presented David H. Ledbetter, PhD, with the 2008-2009 Luminex/ACMGF Award. The award includes a $100,000 grant and is aimed at the promotion of safe and effective genetic testing and services, including the development of research guidelines.
Ledbetter is the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Human Genetics and director of the Division of Medical Genetics in the Department of Human Genetics at Emory University School of Medicine. Along with his Emory colleague Christa L. Martin, PhD, he is leading a consortium of academic cytogenetics laboratories to develop a uniform, evidence-based "molecular karyotype" and shared national database of pathogenic vs. benign deletions and duplications in the human genome.
The ACMG honored Madhuri R. Hegde, PhD, with the 2008 Signature Genomic Laboratories Travel Award. New in 2008, the award is given to a selected student, trainee or junior faculty member whose abstract submission is chosen as a platform presentation during the annual meeting. Hegde's abstract was titled "Application of Microarray Genomic Selection (MGS) in DNA Diagnostics." She is assistant professor of human genetics and director of Emory's DNA Diagnostic Laboratory.
Founded in 1991, the American College of Medical Genetics (www.acmg.net) advances the practice of medical genetics by providing education, resources and a voice for more than 1,400 biochemical, clinical, cytogenetic, medical and molecular geneticists, genetic counselors and other healthcare professionals committed to the practice of medical genetics. ACMG's activities include the development of laboratory and practice standards and guidelines, advocating for quality genetic services in healthcare and in public health and promoting the development of methods to diagnose, treat and prevent genetic disease.