The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) was established in 1948 to provide leadership in research, education and service in human genetics. Accordingly it
elected to publish The American Journal of Human Genetics and sponsor an annual research meeting. The Journal has maintained a prominent role in the
publishing world, with an impact factor of around 12. The Annual Meeting has grown to have an attendance of 6000 or more each year. The human genetics community
grew and spawned a new field of endeavor, genetic counseling, to support delivery of clinical genetics services. In 1979, the National Society of Genetic Counselors
(NSGC) was formed as the advocacy group for genetic counseling. By 1981, the need for the establishment of a certification board was recognized by ASHG and the
American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG) was founded. This Board certifies medical genetics practitioners, clinical laboratory geneticists throughout the United
States. In 1991, this Board was recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to certify doctoral level medical genetics practitioners and clinical
laboratory geneticists. Also in 1991, the Masters degree level genetic counselors then formed an independent certification board, known as the American Board of
Genetic Counseling (ABGC). The most recent addition to the family of human genetics organizations is the Association of Professors of Medical/Human Genetics (APHMG),
which was incorporated in 1995.
With the burgeoning development of new and complex clinical genetic services and genetic testing which occurred in the 1980's, the need for the establishment of an
independent body to represent the clinical practitioners of medical and laboratory genetics became evident. The American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG) and the
American College of Medical Genetics Foundation (ACMGF) were established and incorporated in 1991. In January 1993, the ACMG was accorded full membership in the
Council of Medical Specialty Societies and is now the recognized body representing doctoral level laboratory and clinical practitioners of medical genetics in the
ASHG is an active member of the Federation of American Societies of Experimental Biology (FASEB), a coalition of 24 professional societies representing over 100,000
scientists. FASEB provides policy support/expertise and additional infrastructure for member societies. ASHG is also a member of the Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS) of AAMC, the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Translating Genomic-Based Research for Health, the Inter-Society Coordinating Committee for Practitioner Education in Genomics (NHGRI), and the International Federation of Human Genetics Societies (IFHGS).
"Recollection from ASHG Meetings" published in AJHG, Nov 2010.
ASHG Presidents, 1949-2012
Names printed in blue typeface are linked to their addresses given at the ASHG Annual Meeting
*Serving in a personal capacity and not
as a representative of NIH.