| Medical Geneticists Elected to Institute of Medicine
NHGRI's Alan Guttmacher, Robert Nussbaum Among 65 New Members
Bethesda, Maryland Two medical geneticists from the
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National
Institutes of Health (NIH), have been elected to the Institute of
Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies, one of the highest honors
in the fields of medicine and health, it was announced today.
NHGRI Deputy Director Alan E. Guttmacher, M.D., and Robert L.
Nussbaum, M.D., chief of the Genetic Disease Research Branch and
acting chief of the Inherited Disease Research Branch in NHGRI's
Division of Intramural Research, are among the 65 new members of
IOM, which is a national resource for independently informed analysis
and recommendations on issues related to human health. With their
election, members make a commitment to devote a significant amount
of time as volunteers for IOM committees, which conduct a broad
range of studies on health policy issues.
"We are thrilled that the Institute of Medicine has recognized
Drs. Guttmacher and Nussbaum for their outstanding professional
achievements and commitment to service. Along with many others at
NHGRI, these two physicians have been at the forefront of efforts
to translate the findings of the Human Genome Project into new strategies
for improving human health. The IOM surely will benefit from their
membership," said NHGRI Director Francis S. Collins, M.D.,
Ph.D., who himself was elected to the IOM in 1991.
As deputy director of NHGRI, Dr. Guttmacher guides strategic planning
for the institute and plays a lead role in integrating genomics
into medical practice. In addition, as director of NHGRI's
Office of Policy, Communications and Education, Dr. Guttmacher oversees
the institute's health affairs, public policy, communications,
community outreach and public education functions. His other activities
at NHGRI have included co-editing a series of articles on genomic
medicine for The New England Journal of Medicine, and co-founding
a group called Genetic Resources on the Web, which works with organizations
sponsoring genetics-related Web sites to ensure they contain high-quality
Prior to joining NHGRI in 1999, Dr. Guttmacher directed the Vermont
Regional Genetics Center at the University of Vermont in Burlington,
where he launched a series of public health genetics programs. He
also had a busy practice in clinical genetics, conducted research
and was a tenured associate professor of pediatrics and medicine
at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.
Dr. Guttmacher received an A.B. degree from Harvard College in
Cambridge, Mass. in 1972 and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School
in 1981. From 1982 to 1985, he completed an internship and residency
in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Boston and from 1985
to 1987 was a fellow in medical genetics at Children's Hospital
Boston and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Guttmacher is a Fellow of
the American Academy of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American
College of Medical Genetics.
Dr. Nussbaum, who is currently the president of the American Society
of Human Genetics, came to NHGRI in 1993. His research has made
significant contributions to identifying the genetic abnormalities
and disease mechanisms in Lowe Syndrome and Parkinson disease. In
addition to his branch chief roles at NHGRI, Dr. Nussbaum is an
executive faculty member of the Joint NIH-Johns Hopkins University
Genetic Counseling Training Program. He also administers the Center
for Inherited Disease Research, a high-throughput genotyping facility
funded by a consortium of 12 NIH institutes that supports genetic
Dr. Nussbaum received an A.B. degree from Harvard College in 1971
and earned his M.D. in 1975 from the Harvard University/Massachusetts
Institute of Technology Joint Program in Health Sciences and Technology.
He completed a residency in internal medicine at St. Louis'
Washington University and at Barnes Hospital, also in St. Louis,
from 1975 to 1978, and was a fellow in genetics at Baylor College
of Medicine in Houston from 1978 to 1981.
From 1981 to 1984, Dr. Nussbaum served as an assistant professor
of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. From 1984 to 1993, he
was an associate investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute,
Chevy Chase, Md., and was based in the Department of Genetics at
the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
A high-resolution photo of Dr. Nussbaum is available at: http://www.genome.gov/10005142.
A high-resolution photo of Dr. Guttmacher is available at: http://www.genome.gov/10005775.
NHGRI is one of 27 institutes and centers at NIH, an agency
of the Department of Health and Human Services. The NHGRI Division
of Intramural Research develops and implements technology to understand,
diagnose and treat genomic and genetic diseases. Additional information
about NHGRI can be found at: http://www.genome.gov.