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The American Society of Human Genetics said this week that it will present the 2009 William Allan Award to Huntington Willard, director of the Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy at Duke University.

ASHG will present the award at its 59th Annual Meeting on Oct. 23.

The Allan Award recognizes "substantial and far-reaching scientific contributions to human genetics," ASHG said. The society recognized Willard for his work in advancing the study of chromosome structure and behavior, noting that he has conducted "pioneering research into the behavior of human chromosome centromeres and performed insightful and essential studies into the mechanisms of X chromosome inactivation."

As an Allan Award recipient, Willard will receive a $10,000 prize and an engraved medal.


Dennis Winger, formerly senior vice president and chief financial officer for Applied Biosystems, has joined the board of directors of Radiosurgery firm Accuray. Winger was with ABI from 1997 to 2008. Prior to that, from 1989 to 1997, he was senior vice president of finance and administration and chief financial officer of Chiron.

Winger also serves on the boards of directors of Cell Genesys, Cephalon, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

Winger will serve on the compensation committee of Accuray's board.