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IMAGE: This is Mary-Claire King, Ph.D., recipient of ASHG’s 2018 Advocacy Award (courtesy Dr. King). view more 

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ROCKVILLE, MD – The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) has named Mary-Claire King, PhD, as the 2018 recipient of the Advocacy Award. Dr. King is American Cancer Society Professor of Medicine and Genome Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle.

This award honors individuals or groups who have exhibited excellence and achievement in applications of human genetics for the common good, in areas such as facilitating public awareness of genetics issues, promoting funding for biomedical research, and integrating genetics into health systems. ASHG will present the award, which will include a plaque and $10,000 prize, on Friday, October 19, during the organization’s 68th Annual Meeting in San Diego, California.

“Best known for her pivotal discoveries in breast cancer genetics, Dr. King has also spent many years as a tireless advocate for the use of genetics to help people and families around the world,” said David L. Nelson, PhD, President of ASHG. “This award recognizes her efforts to devise and implement solutions to real-world, societal challenges using genetic technologies.”

Since 1983, Dr. King’s lab at the University

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