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People in the News: Stuart Orkin, John Burn, Clint Winter, Terry Lively, More

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The American Society of Human Genetics has named Stuart Orkin as recipient of the annual William Allan Award for his research into the genetics of blood diseases. Orkin is a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, chairman of the department of pediatric oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, associate chief of hematology and oncology at Boston Children's Hospital, and investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Boston Children's Hospital.


The UK's National Health Service has appointed John Burn to its board of directors as a non-executive director for four years beginning July 1. Burn is the chief medical officer of QuantuMDx and holds the NHS Endowed Chair in Clinical Genetics at Newcastle University.


CompanionDx Reference Lab has expanded its leadership team. The firm has hired Clint Winter as vice president of payer strategy and managed care. Terry Lively will join as vice president of new business development, where he will focus on next-generation sequencing commercialization. Ronald Conheim will serve as vice president of sales for the eastern US; Roderick Booker will be vice president of sales for the central US; and Roger Saadeh will be vice president of sales for the western US. Stacey Little has been tapped to lead strategic marketing, marketing communications, and brand management for the US and international markets as vice president of marketing and communications.

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Genetically predicted high blood pressure risk is also associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, a new JAMA Cardiology study says.

Circulating Tumor DNA Linked to Post-Treatment Relapse in Breast Cancer

Post-treatment detection of circulating tumor DNA may identify breast cancer patients who are more likely to relapse, a new JCO Precision Oncology study finds.

Genetics Influence Level of Depression Tied to Trauma Exposure, Study Finds

Researchers examine the interplay of trauma, genetics, and major depressive disorder in JAMA Psychiatry.

UCLA Team Reports Cost-Effective Liquid Biopsy Approach for Cancer Detection

The researchers report in Nature Communications that their liquid biopsy approach has high specificity in detecting all- and early-stage cancers.