Victor McKusick will receive the 2008 Japan Prize in medical genetics and genomics. He is a professor emeritus of medical genetics at the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. McKusick, who is 86, is honored for the “establishment of medical genetics and contributions to its development.” At a ceremony in April, he will receive a medal and ¥50 million ($470,000). McKusick, who spent six decades at Johns Hopkins, retired last month.
Mark Ostrowski has joined GenVault as vice president of sales and marketing, the company said this week. He spent more than 10 years at Myriad Genetics Laboratories, where he was most recently director of sales operations. Ostrowski holds a BSc in biology from Yale University.