COLUMBUS, Ohio Dr. Albert de la Chapelle, an Ohio State University scientist who has spent 40 years studying the labyrinthine complexity of human genetics, has won the 2002 William Allan Award, the highest honor bestowed by the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG). De la Chapelle, director of the Human Cancer Genetics Program in The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and holder of the Charlotte and Leonard Immke Chair of Cancer Genetics, accepted the award at the annual ASHG meeting in Baltimore.
This is the second award this year recognizing de la Chapelle's four decades of research and discovery; just five months ago, he received the Mauro Baschirotto Award for research achievement from the European Society of Human Genetics.
"This is an outstanding tribute, and a clear reflection of our threefold mission of excellence in research, education, and patient care," says Dr. Fred Sanfilippo, senior vice president for health sciences and dean of the College of Medicine and Public Health at Ohio State. "The university is very proud of Dr. de la Chapelle."
The Allan Award, established in 1961, is named after William Allan (1881-1943), one of the first American physicians to conduct extensive research in human genetics. The award is presented annually to recognize outstanding contribution and achievement in human genetics. The recipient receives a medal and a $10,000 personal prize, and gives a plenary address to the ASHG annual meeting. De la Chapelle's keynote address will be, "Inherited Diseases: Challenges, Victories and Disappointments."
"I am really quite honored, and very surprised," says de la Chapelle. "There are so many others who have made substantial contributions to the field."
De la Chapelle, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, has devoted most of his life researching the relati
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Ohio State University Medical Center