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People in the News: Benjamin Neale, Charles Lee, and Ana Ward

Benjamin Neale

Benjamin Neale has won the Leena Peltonen Prize for Excellence in Human Genetics for his contribution in developing statistical genetics methods and applying these approaches to cracking the genetics of neuropsychiatric diseases. After completing postdoctoral training in statistical genetics at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in the laboratory of Mark Daly, Neale established his own research group and is currently an assistant professor in the Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit at MGH. Additionally, he works as an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and an institute member of the Broad Institute. The prize, established in 2010, is funded by the Leena Peltonen Memorial Fund in the Paulo Foundation and includes an award of €10,000.

Charles Lee

The Human Genome Organization (HUGO) has appointed Charles Lee as its president. He will serve as president-elect for one year and then succeed the current president, Stylianos Antonarakis. Lee currently serves as the scientific director of the Jackson Laboratory (JAX) for Genomic Medicine. Additionally, he is a professor at Ewha Womans University in South Korea, and serves on the HUGO council. Before coming to JAX, he worked on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and as a clinical laboratory geneticist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Ana Ward

Rosetta Genomics has appointed Ana Ward as executive vice president of legal and corporate development. Ward most recently served as chief operating officer of Aptamir Therapeutics, a biotech startup focused on microRNA-based therapeutics. Prior to that, she was general counsel and senior vice president for Asuragen, and its spinoff Mirna Therapeutics. Ward has also served as general counsel at Ambion and senior intellectual property counsel for Yum! Brands.

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