Leading Miller School Geneticist Named AAAS Fellow

A leading geneticist at the Miller School of Medicine is being honored for her distinguished contributions to the field of genetics at the 2012 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Vancouver, Canada.

Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., associate dean for Human Genomic Programs, the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Professor of Human Genomics and director of the John P. Hussman Institute, has been elected as a fellow of the AAAS for identifying the genetic variants for common and etiologically complex diseases.

Pericak-Vance is internationally recognized by her peers as a leader in human genetics research. In 1997, Newsweek magazine named her to the “Century Club: 100 People to Watch as We Move to the Next Millennium.” In 2001, she received the international “Louis D” Scientific Prize from the Institut de France Academie des Sciences for her Alzheimer’s disease research. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2004. In 2011, she received the University of Miami Provost’s Award for scholarly activity and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alzheimer’s Association.

Pericak-Vance is among 539 AAAS fellows from around the world selected by their peers because of their “scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.” The new fellows will be recognized on February 18 at the 2012 AAAS annual meeting.

The AAAS is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association. It also publishes the journal Science, as well as many scientific newsletters, books and reports, and spearheads programs. The AAAS serves some 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals.

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