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Judith G. Hall

Born 1939

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American human geneticist, born July 3, 1939, Boston.

Biography of Judith G. Hall

On her Internet site, Judith G. Hall presents herself:
I am a clinical geneticist primarily interested in congenital anomalies, genetics of short stature, and connective tissue abnormalities, with a particular interest in the natural history and clinical heterogeneity of these disorders. I have worked extensively on arthrogryposis, various types of dwarfism, Turner syndrome, neural tube defects, and syndrome identification. Since nontraditional patterns of inheritance are seen in many congenital anomalies, I am also involved in defining mosacism, genomic imprinting, parent of origin affects, and mechanisms of disease. My work has involved collaborations with lay groups for specific disease entities and involves explaining and counselling about the consequences of the available care options. It also has involved the development of guidelines for the care of common disorders, such as achondroplasia and Turner syndrome.

Judith G. Hall attended the University of Washington, Seattle, where she obtained a master of science degree and qualified in medicine in 1966. While s student she spent a year in the medical. genetics department with professor Victor Almon McKusick (1921-), considered the founder of modern medical genetics, and himself associated with no less than seven eponyms.

Judith G. Hall has a particular interest in the heritable disorders of connective tissue. Having described the autosomal recessive form of pseudoachondroplasia which now bears her name, she was accorded the unique honour of life membership of the organisation "Little People of America" which had provided researchers with the opportunity to examine large numbers of affected persons. When Judith G. Hall in 1972 returned to the University of Washington School of Medicine, she began working with professor David W. Smith (1926-1981), whose name is associated with nine eponyms.

Judith G. Hall was appointed as professor of medicine and paediatrics at the University of Washington in 1980, and the following year to the post of professor of medical genetics at the University of British Columbia, Canada. By 2000 Judith G. Hall was professor Pediatrics/Medical Genetics and Physician-in-Chief, Children's & Women's Health Centre of British Columbia, Vancouver.

"To me, high achievement is not the number of publications but being a successful female in a world of professional men. And by that I mean caring more about peacemaking and nurturing the individual and the environment than success, winning, owning or directing.

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