Renowned Geneticist Jeffery M. Vance Named AAAS Fellow

Jeffery M. Vance, M.D., Ph.D., professor in the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Department of Human Genetics, has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his scientifically and socially distinguished efforts to advance science by identifying the genetic causes of Mendelian diseases, inherited neuropathies and Parkinson’s disease using innovative and integrated molecular and analytical approaches.

The honor was officially announced November 30 in the prestigious journal Science, which has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated readership of 1 million.

Vance will be presented with an official certificate and gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin February 16 at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the association’s annual meeting in Boston.

Vance, a leader in applying genetics to common medical diseases to identify susceptibility genes, is nationally recognized for his work in neurogenetics, particularly Parkinson’s disease and Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease. Vance also serves as Director and primary principal investigator of the NIH Morris K. Udall Parkinson Disease Research Center of Excellence, now in its 13th year of funding.

Members considered for the rank of Fellow must be nominated by one of the steering groups of the association’s 24 sections, or by any three Fellows who are current AAAS members, two of whom are not affiliated with the nominee’s institution, or by the AAAS Chief Executive Officer.

This year, the AAAS bestowed the honor on 701 new members.

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