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Communications Committee



Composition and Tenure


The ASHG Communications Committee shall comprise a maximum of twelve (12) members who reflect a diverse cross-section of the Society’s membership, e.g., research scientists, clinicians, genetic counselors, trainee members, and public relations representatives from other genetics organizations. The committee members will serve three (3)-year terms, with approximately one-third (?) of members rotating off the committee each year, to be replaced by new appointments. No member of the committee may serve more than two (2) consecutive terms.




The ASHG Communications Committee shall provide feedback and recommendations to the staff and Board of Directors and shall participate in the development of online and print materials, social media activities, key messages, and strategic planning for ASHG’s communication/public relations programs and initiatives, including press events, and media outreach.

The Committee’s activities shall promote awareness of human genetics and the Society’s role in the field among the media, the general public, and genetics professionals.

2016 Committee Members
Kathryn Garber, PhD Chair (2017)
Department of Human Genetics
Emory University School of Medicine
615 Michael St, Rm 301
Atlanta, GA, 30322-3050
T: (404) 712-9985
Robin L. Bennett, MS (2017)
Department of Medicine, Division of Medical Genetics
University of Washington
Box 357720
Seattle, WA, 98195-7720
T: (206) 598-8408
William S. Bush, PhD (2017)
Institute for Comptuational Biology
Case Western Reserve University
2103 Cornell Rd
Cleveland, OH, 44106
T: (615) 584-7154
Katrina M. Dipple, MD, PhD (2017)
Department of Human Genetics
University of California, Los Angeles
695 Charles E Young Dr South
Los Angeles, CA, 90095-7088
T: (310) 825-1997
Emily Glassberg, BS or BA (2018)
Department of Biology
Stanford University
Serra Mall
Stanford, CA, 94305
T: (248) 797-6202
Chris Gunter, PhD (2017)
Marcus Autism Center
1920 Briarcliff Road NE
Atlanta, GA, 30329
T: (703) 244-2509
Nicole Litchfield, BS (2017)
Public Relations
102 Edison Ave
Corte Madera, CA, 94925
T: (415) 945-9905
Laurence Parnell, PhD (2017)
Nutritional Genomics
JM-USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging
711 Washington St
Boston, MA, 02111
T: (617) 556-3089
Elisabeth A. Rosenthal, PhD (2017)
Department of Medical Genetics
University of Washington School of Medicine
Health Sciences bldg, K236D
Seattle, WA, 98195
T: (206) 543-9564
Oleg Shchelochkov, MD (2017)
Genetics and Molecular Biology Branch
National Human Genome Research Institute
49 Convent Drive, Building 49, Room 3A04
Bethesda, MD, 20892
T: (301) 435-2944
Staff Advisor
Nalini Padmanabhan, MPH
Communications Manager
9650 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20814-3998
T: (301) 634-7346

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