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Dr. David Valle Wins Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Education

Mon, 24 Oct 2016

Baltimore, October 24 2016 – The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) has named David Valle, MD, Henry J. Knott Professor and Director of the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine, with an appointment in the Department of Pediatrics and joint appointments in Molecular Biology and Genetics, Ophthalmology and Biology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, as the 2016 recipient of the annual Arno Motulsky-Barton Childs Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Education. Dr. Valle also directs the Predoctoral Training Program in Human Genetics and the Residency Program in Medical Genetics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and was the founding director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Inherited Disease Research.

The ASHG award recognizes an individual for contributions of exceptional quality and importance to human genetics education internationally. Awardees have had long-standing involvement in genetics education, producing diverse contributions of substantive influence on individuals and/or organizations. Dr. Valle received his award, which included a plaque and $10,000 prize, on Friday, October 21, during ASHG’s 66th Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia.

As Director of the Predoctoral Training Program in Human Genetics since 1989, Dr. Valle has been involved in the education of more than 400 students. As a physician-scientist, he continues to lecture to medical students and helped lead the development and implementation of ‘Genes to Society,’ a revised medical school curriculum at Johns Hopkins based on the theme of individuality/variability. He has participated in numerous scientific advisory groups. Noted for his Socratic style, he has trained more than 40 graduate students and postdocs in his laboratory.