The ACMG and ACMG Foundation Presidents' Award has been newly established to thank and honor the valuable contributions made by a member of the American College of Medical Genetics. In a surprise announcement, Michael S. Watson, PhD, FACMG was named the first recipient of this new honor during the Presidential Plenary session at the 2011 ACMG Clinical Genetics Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia in March.
"Despite the surprise, I am honored to have been the first recipient of this award. As with any award, thanks have to go to those who have allowed success to be realized including the many Boards of Directors and Committees of ACMG with which I have worked, the marvelous staff of the ACMG and ACMGF and the members of ACMG who work daily to deliver genetic services to patients," said Dr. Watson.
Dr. Watson received his B.S from American University in Washington, D.C. and his M.S. in Medical Genetics and Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship in the Medical Genetics Training Program at Yale University School of Medicine. He has been Executive Director of the American College of Medical Genetics for the past 10 years and is an Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at Washington University in St. Louis where he was Director of Clinical and Molecular Cytogenetics from 1986 2000. He is certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics in Clinical Cytogenetics and PhD Medical Genetics.
Dr. Watson has a long-standing interest in the translation of genetic information into health care use. He was a founder of the American College of Medical Genetics for which he has served as Vice President for Laboratory Affairs and has chaired its Test and Technology Transfer Committee, Economics Committee, Laboratory Practices Committee and Intellectual Property Committee. He co-chaired the NIH-ELSI/HHS Task Force on Genetics Testing from 1995 1997. Most recently, he was
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