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Human Genome News, November 1990; 2(4)

Wyngaarden Named HUGO Director

James B. Wyngaarden was recently named to the newly created post of Director of the Human Genome Organisation (HUGO). He was officially confirmed by the HUGO Council at its September 7 meeting in Oxford, England.

In this position, Wyngaarden will help HUGO define its role in the genome project by overseeing HUGO international activities, guiding fund-raising, coordinating HUGO offices at the international level, and aiding in the identification of scientific areas of interest to HUGO, such as ethics and informatics.

Formerly Director of NIH, Wyngaarden will continue as foreign secretary of both the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine (under the National Academy of Sciences charter). At Duke University, he is Professor of Medicine and Associate Vice-Chancellor for Health Affairs.

Wyngaarden is the recipient of many awards and honorary degrees. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London, and a member of the Royal Academy of Sciences of Sweden.


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Human Genome Project 1990–2003

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