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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 United States.

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).

 

Read "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

       
1949 H. J. Muller 1982 Margery W. Shaw
1950 Laurence Snyder 1983 John Littlefield
1951 Lee R. Dice 1984 David L. Rimoin
1952 F. J. Kallmann 1985 Frank Ruddle
1953 Clarence Oliver 1986 Charles Scriver
1954 James Neel 1987 Stanley Gartler
1955 C. Nash Herndon 1988 David E. Comings
1956 S. C. Reed 1989 L. L. Cavalli-Sforza
1957 Curt Stern 1990 C. Thomas Caskey
1958 W. D. Boyd 1991 Michael M. Kaback
1959 Madge Macklin 1992 Walter E. Nance
1960 C. C. Li 1993 Janet D. Rowley
1961 L. C. Dunn 1994 Maimon M. Cohen
1962 F. Clarke Fraser 1995 Judith Hall
1963 James F. Crow 1996 Charles Epstein
1964 Arthur Steinberg 1997 Larry Shapiro
1965 Howard Newcombe 1998 Arthur Beaudet
1966 Philip Levine 1999 Uta Francke
1967 Bentley Glass 2000 Ronald Worton
1968 Irene Uchida 2001 Huntington F. Willard
1969 Kurt Hirschhorn 2002 Michael Conneally
1970 William Schull 2003 David Valle
1971 Alexander Bearn 2004 Robert Nussbaum*
1972 John Graham 2005 Peter H. Byers
1973 Eloise Giblett 2006 Stephen T. Warren
1974 Victor McKusick 2007 Wylie Burke
1975 John Hamerton 2008 Aravinda Chakravarti
1976 Barton Childs 2009 Edward McCabe
1977 Arno Motulsky 2010 Roderick R. McInnes
1978 Alfred Knudson

2011

Lynn Jorde

1979 Eldon Sutton

2012

Mary-Claire King

1980 Leon Rosenberg 2013 Jeffrey C. Murray
1981 Barbara Bowman 2014 Cynthia C. Morton

 

*Serving in a personal capacity and not as a representative of NIH. 

 

 

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