WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., MARCH 16, 2007 -- Kenneth Lyons Jones, M.D., the renowned pediatrician and birth defects researcher who was one of two doctors who identified fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), will receive the 2007 March of Dimes/Colonel Harland Sanders Award for lifetime achievement in the field of genetic sciences.
The award will be presented to Dr. Jones on March 23 at the Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting of the American College of Medical Genetics in Nashville, Tennessee. Michael Katz, M.D., senior vice president for Research and Global Programs of the March of Dimes, will preside over the ceremony.
Dr. Jones is Chief of the Division of Dysmorphology/Teratology in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He has been active in research, teaching, clinical work, and public service for nearly 40 years. Dr. Jones was also awarded a March of Dimes grant for organizing an annual seminar in clinical teratology.
Dr. Jones research has focused on dysmorphology, the study of birth defects, particularly those affecting the anatomy of the individual; identifying the mechanisms of normal and abnormal fetal development; and the recognition of new human teratogens (birth defects-causing agents). He is the author of more than 400 publications in scientific journals, as well as several books. His book, Smiths Recognizable Patterns of Human Malformation, is the reference used by health care professions to assist in the diagnosis and management of individuals with birth defects and genetic conditions.
Among Dr. Jones many accomplishments, the most famous by now is his coining of the term fetal alcohol syndrome, along with David W. Smith, M.D., to define the distinct cluster of birth defects seen exclusively in the babies of women who used alcohol during pregnancy. In 1973, the two published their finding that alcohol was a teratogen in the British journal Lancet*.