Willard Selected for Allan Award from the American of Human Genetics

Durham, N.C. (September 2009) — Huntington Willard, PhD, Vice Chancellor for Genome Sciences and Director of the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy has been selected to receive the Allan Award by the American Society of Human Genetics.

The Allan Award, the highest award given by The American Society of Human Genetics, was established in 1961 in memory William Allan (1881-1943), who was one of the first American physicians to conduct extensive research in human genetics. The Allan Award is presented annually to recognize substantial and far-reaching scientific contributions to human genetics, carried out over a sustained period of scientific inquiry and productivity.

Dr. Willard’s research interests include genome sciences and their broad implications for medicine and society, human chromosome structure and function, X chromosome inactivation and epigenetic mechanisms of gene silencing, as well as development of human artificial chromosomes for studies of gene transfer and functional genomics.

Dr. Willard will be honored in October at the 59th Annual American Society of Human Genetics Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii.