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Communications Committee

(Ad hoc)



Composition and Tenure


The ad hoc ASHG Communications Committee shall consist of about a dozen members, which will include a diverse cross-section of the Society’s membership (i.e., regular members who are genetic scientists, clinicians, and genetic counselors, trainee members, PR representatives from other genetics organizations, etc.). The committee members will be appointed for three- year terms (initially staggered), with up to three new members to be appointed each year. No member of the Committee may serve more than two consecutive terms.



The ASHG Communications Committee will serve as an ad hoc “advisory committee” group. The Communications Committee shall provide feedback and recommendations to the staff and Board of Directors, and participate in the development of Web and print materials, Web 2.0/social media activities, key messages, and strategic planning for ASHG’s Communication/PR programs and initiatives, press events, media outreach, public health campaigns, etc., that are intended to promote and increase awareness of human genetics (and the Society’s role in the field) by the media, the general public, and genetics professionals.

The Committee shall focus on communications among ASHG membership, and on communicating basic genetic knowledge, its advances, and communicating its applications to key groups, including policy makers, advocates, educators and students, the media, and the public at large.


2013 Committee Members


Chris Gunter, PhD, Chair
Girlscientist Consulting
3939 Lavista Road, Suite 367
Tucker GA 30084
Nicole Litchfield
102 Edison Ave.
Corte Madera, CA 94925
(415) 945-9905 
Terry Vrijenhoek, MSc
Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre (RUNMC)
Department of Human Genetics
Geert Grooteplein 10
Nijmegen 6500 GA, Netherlands
+31 243668163

Robin Bennett, MS
University of Washington
Medical Genetics Clinic & Dept of Med Gen
Box 357720
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 598-8408 
Daniel MacArthur, PhD

Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA
02114, USA
+1 617 620 4359

Staff Advisor
Joseph D. McInerney

Executive Vice President
ASHG Administrative Office
9650 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20814-3998
T: 301-634-7300; F: 301-634-7079

William Bush, PhD, MS
Vanderbilt University
Center for Human Genetics Research
511B Light Hall
Nashville, TN 37232
(615) 343-6549
Laurence (Larry) Parnell, PhD
USDA, Agricultural Research Service
Human Nutrition Research Center &
HRNC on Aging, Tufts University
711 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 556-3089
Katrina Dipple, MD, PhD
University of California, Los Angeles
Department of Human Genetics
Gonda 5506B
695 Charles E. Young Drive South
Los Angeles, CA 90095
(310) 825-1997 
Elisabeth Rosenthal, PhD
Univ of Washington School of Medicine
Department of Medical Genetics
Health Science Building, K236D
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-9564 
Kathryn Garber, PhD
Emory University School of Medicine
Department of Human Genetics
Whitehead Biomedical Research Building
615 Michael St.
Atlanta, GA 30322
(404) 712-9985 
Oleg Shchelochkov, MD
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Division of Genetics
200 Hawkins Drive, W125 GH
Iowa City, IA 52242
(319) 356-4016
Ricki Lewis, PhD
Alden March Bioethics Institute of
Albany Medical Center
7 Harvest Drive
Scotia, NY 12302
(518) 210-2017
Stephen Turner, MS
University of Virginia

Bioinformatics Core

P.O. Box 800741

Charlottesville, VA 22908

(434) 982-4208




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