TAMPA, Fla., March 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The founder of a public database that helps doctors analyze the usefulness of genetic tests in making medical decisions is the 2009 recipient of the March of Dimes/Colonel Harland Sanders Award for lifetime achievement in the field of genetic sciences.
Roberta "Bonnie" Pagon, MD, professor of Pediatrics at the
"Dr. Pagon is responsible for sharing critical information about the diagnosis and management of genetic diseases with physicians worldwide," said Michael Katz, MD, March of Dimes senior vice president of Research and Global Programs, who will present the award today to Dr. Pagon at the Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting of the American College of Medical Genetics held here. "She is a pioneer in the field of medical genetics, and the March of Dimes is pleased to honor her."
In its 15-year history, genetests.org has grown to become an important international resource for genetic testing information. The site promotes the appropriate use of genetic testing in patient treatment and personal decision-making. For her work on GeneTests, Dr. Pagon previously received the American Society of Human Genetics 2006 Education Award.
Dr. Pagon also is a consultant to the Regional Genetics Program of Washington State and an attending physician in the Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center Genetics Clinic. She is a member of the board of directors of the American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG) and a member of the Clinical Practice Committee of the American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG).
She is the review board coordinator for the Collaboration, Education, and Test Translation (CETT) Program, which promotes the collaborative development of new tests for rare genetic diseases for use by doctors and patients, and supports the collection and storage of genetic test results so they can be used to guide new research.
More information about Dr. Pagon's work can be found online at: http://depts.washington.edu/medgen/faculty/pagon.html.
The March of Dimes/Colonel Harland Sanders Award for Lifetime Achievement in the field of genetic sciences is given annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the genetic sciences.
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies(R), the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.
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