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Diane M. Robins, PhD – Sidney H. Ingbar Distinguished Service Award. This award recognizes distinguished service in the field of endocrinology. Robins is being honored for her remarkable service to the success and future of the Endocrine Society. Robins became a member of the Society in 1992 and has tirelessly contributed to the organization. She volunteered to serve on more than 12 different committees and editorial boards, and she chaired the Annual Meeting Steering Committee for ENDO 2013, the Society’s 95th annual meeting. Robins is Professor of Human Genetics and Research Scientist for the Reproductive Sciences Program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.

The League of Research Excellence was established in 2011 to recognize faculty who have made significant contributions to the Medical School's research enterprise. Membership in the League is testimony to the quality of the inductees’ research and scholarship, and is a reflection of the high regard we have for their service to the Medical School’s research mission.

The University of Michigan Medical School is fortunate to have investigators who challenge the boundaries of science, find new and creative ways of thinking and healing, and improve the lives of our patients and families.

During a dinner Nov. 17 in the A. Alfred Taubman Biomedical Science Research Building, we honored 49 of our most-accomplished research faculty with induction into The League of Research Excellence — an honorary society established in 2011 to recognize faculty who have made significant contributions to our research enterprise. Including the inaugural class of 2011, there are 187 League faculty.

2014 Inductees from the Department of Human Genetics:

Vivian G. Cheung, M.D.

Eric R. Fearon, M.D., Ph.D.

David Ginsburg, M.D.

Donna M. Martin, M.D., Ph.D.

John V. Moran, Ph.D.

Gilbert S. Omenn, M.D., Ph.D.

Cristen J. Willer, Ph.D.

Margaret Hefner, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor, Adjunct Associate Professor,
Division of Medical Genetics, Department of Pediatrics
Saint Louis University Department of Pediatrics

Ms. Hefner is an internationally recognized expert in CHARGE syndrome and has dedicated most of her professional life to helping patients and families affected by this diagnosis. She has worked in pediatric genetics since 2004, founded the first US CHARGE Syndrome clinic at the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis and the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation in 1993. She has also co-authored CHARGE Syndrome, a book focused on the description of the sensory, physical, and behavioral findings of the condition, as well as numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts, and family-oriented educational materials.

“Getting a CHARGE out of genetics: The co-evolution of a genetic counseling career and genetic support group”

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
3:30 pm

3813 & 3817 Medical Science II

Hosted by the Department of Human Genetics & The University of Michigan Medical School
For information, call 734-647-3149

George J. Brewer, M.D.
Morton S. and Henrietta K. Sellner
Emeritus Professor of Human Genetics
Emeritus Professor of Internal Medicine

“The Critical Role of the Physician-Scientist in Translational Research and Biomedical Entrepreneurship: Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease”

November 7, 2014
2:00 pm

Kahn Auditorium, BSRB
109 Zina Pitcher Place, Ground Level

Reception following in A,B,C, Seminar rooms

Hosted by the Department of Human Genetics
For information, call 734-647-3149