Bruce Korf Appointed New Editor of The American Journal of Human Genetics

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For Immediate Release
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
12:00 pm U.S. Eastern Time

Bruce R. Korf, MD, PhD
Incoming Editor, AJHG

BETHESDA, MD, and BIRMINGHAM, AL – The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) is pleased to welcome Bruce R. Korf, MD, PhD, as the incoming Editor-in-Chief of The American Journal of Human Genetics (AJHG), published by Cell Press. Dr. Korf’s term will begin in January 2018. The current Editor-in-Chief, David L. Nelson, PhD, will end his tenure in December 2017.

Dr. Korf is a medical geneticist, educator, and child neurologist, with research interests in the molecular diagnosis of genetic disorders and the natural history, genetics, and treatment of neurofibromatosis. He currently serves as Wayne H. and Sara Crews Finley Chair in Medical Genetics, Professor and Chair of the Department of Genetics, and Director of the Heflin Center for Genomic Sciences at the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB). He also co-directs the UAB-HudsonAlpha Center for Genomic Medicine.

“Dr. Korf has an impressive breadth of research and clinical genetics experience, as well as sustained leadership experience in the scientific and medical communities, that will bring a unique perspective to this position,” said Hal Dietz, MD, ASHG president and chair of the journal’s search committee. “He has shared a compelling vision regarding evolution of the journal and efforts to engage new audiences,” Dr. Dietz added.

AJHG, established in 1949, has a strong tradition of publishing wide-ranging, high-impact human genetics research. Dr. Korf hopes to strengthen the journal’s reputation by bridging the gap between basic and clinical genetics, a niche he believes it is well positioned to occupy. Current needs in this area include the validation of variants of unknown significance, the development of treatments based on genetic discovery of biological mechanisms, and continuing work in drug discovery and clinical trials.

He also hopes to engage early-career genetics professionals in writing review articles on specific basic and translational topics, as well as interface with the public to share major genetic findings and convey the importance of this work.

A member of ASHG since 1983, Dr. Korf served on the Society’s Board of Directors from 2004-2005 and received its annual Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Education in 2009. He was a member of the AJHG Editorial Board from 2003-2005, and has served on numerous institutional, regional, and national committees over the years. He has published nearly 200 articles in the scientific literature.

About the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG)

Founded in 1948, the American Society of Human Genetics is the primary professional membership organization for human genetics specialists worldwide. Its nearly 8,000 members include researchers, academicians, clinicians, laboratory practice professionals, genetic counselors, nurses, and others with an interest in human genetics. The Society serves scientists, health professionals, and the public by providing forums to: (1) share research results through the ASHG Annual Meeting and in The American Journal of Human Genetics; (2) advance genetic research by advocating for research support; (3) educate current and future genetics professionals, health care providers, advocates, policymakers, educators, students, and the public about all aspects of human genetics; and (4) promote genetic services and support responsible social and scientific policies. For more information, visit:

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