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UI Geneticist Named Society President

Jeff Murray, MD, Professor of Pediatrics will serve as the new president of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG), an international organization that seeks to advance genetic research and education, in 2013.

Murray is a trained pediatrician and geneticist specializing in the area of human molecular genetics. His clinical work provides care to newborn infants and children with birth defects. His research focuses on identifying genetic and environmental causes of complex diseases. He has contributed widely to many areas of human genetics and genomics, including his work in large-scale genetic mapping that was one of the early successes of the Human Genome Project. In addition, Murray also maintains a strong interest in the ethical and social issues confronting the use and implementation of genetic technologies.

In his role as president of ASHG, Murray will be responsible for providing leadership and direction to the Society and its members.