Stephen Warren will receive the March of Dimes/Colonel Harland Sanders Award for Lifetime Achievement in the field of genetic sciences. Warren was the first to identify the genetic abnormality that causes fragile X syndrome, the leading cause of inherited intellectual disability.
Warren is the William Patterson Timmie professor of human genetics and Charles Howard Candler chair of the department of human genetics, as well as professor of biochemistry and pediatrics, at Emory University School of Medicine.
Warren joined Emory as a faculty member in 1985.He was elected to the board of directors of the American Society of Human Genetics in 1997 and elected its president in 2006. He served as the editor of the American Journal of Human Genetics from 1999 to 2006. He holds a PhD in human genetics from Michigan State University.
Charles Epstein is the recipient of the 2011 Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Medical Genetics. Epstein, who passed away in February, was recognized for his work on Down syndrome and other genetic disorders.
Epstein is a founding fellow and was formerly president of ACMG. He has held positions with the National Heart Institute and was a fellow at the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1963. He also held positions at the University of California, San Francisco, department of pediatrics from 1967, and in 1973 was appointed to the head of human genetics, a position he held until 2005.
He holds an AB in chemistry from Harvard College and an MD from Harvard Medical School.
Huanming Yang, the president of BGI, has been named a member of the International Research Panel by the US President's Bioethics Commission. The panel will work on issues related to scientific studies involving human subjects.
Yang co-founded BGI in 1999, and is currently its president and also a professor. In 2002, he was named Research Leader of the Year by Scientific American and in 2006, won the Award in Biology by the Third World Academy of Sciences.
He holds a PhD from the University of Copenhagen.