Senior Genetic Scholars Program

Senior Genetics Scholar Program

The Senior Genetics Scholar Program at GGC was founded in 1997. Each year, internationally recognized scholars take residence at GGC, adding their expertise to that of our learned faculty. Mentoring the Center’s medical genetics trainees and assisting with the other educational programs at GGC is also a priority. In addition to these important responsibilities, scholars conduct research and produce scholarly works that bring international attention to the Center.

Greenwood Genetic Center is committed to staying current in the ever-changing filed of medical genetics. The wide range of experience and innovation visiting scholars bring to GGC benefits more than the Center itself; such collaboration benefits the field of genetics and the patients who will ultimately benefit from their knowledge.

Scholars may spend anywhere from three weeks to several months on the GGC campus. While here, they are immersed in the institutional life of Greenwood Genetic Center. Candidates for the program are identified by the GGC faculty and are invited by the Center Director. 

Current Senior Genetic Scholars

Dr. Bryan Hall

Former Chief of Genetics and Dysmorphology at the University of Kentucky

Dr. Hall brings to our faculty extensive experience in scholarship related to birth defects. He has published over 135 articles and book chapters on syndromes with multiple congenital anomalies and has produced three widely utilized teaching videotapes on the approach, conceptualization, and diagnosis of birth defects syndromes.

Dr. Alasdair Hunter

Former Chief of the Genetics Division of Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa, Canada

Dr. Hunter is an expert in genetic disorders that affect brain function. He contributes to our teaching of birth defects, syndromology and embryology and has taken an active role in the development of several research projects.

Dr. Jules Leroy

Former Professor and Chairman of Pediatrics at Ghent University of Medicine in Belgium

Dr. Leroy provides expertise on metabolic disorders and intellectual disabilities. Dr. Leroy discovered the genetic disorder, mucolipidosis II (I-Cell or Leroy Disease), and collaborates with GGC clinical geneticist, Dr. Sara Cathey, in further delineating the clinical, biochemical and molecular manifestations of this disorder and related conditions. He also provides guidance in the statewide metabolic disease treatment program.

Dr. Giovanni Neri

Emeritus Professor of Medical Genetics, Catholic University, Rome

Dr. Neri’s areas of scientific focus include the genetic basis of intellectual disability/malformation syndromes, Fragile X syndrome, and hereditary cancers. he has authored more than 400 scientific papers, mostly published in international journals, indexed in Current Contents. He is also a co-author and/or contributor to several genetics books, including the textbook “Genetica Umana e Medica”, widely adopted by Italian Medical Schools.

Dr. Alan Percy

Professor of Pediatrics, Neurology, Neurobiology, Genetics, and Psychology and Acting Director of The Civitan International Research Center.

Dr. Percy is the PI of the Rett syndrome, MECP2 Duplication, and Rett-Related Disorders (RTT) Consortium Natural History Study funded through the NIH (NCATS, NICHD, and NINDS). He has longstanding interests in neurodevelopmental/neurodegenerative disorders with more than 400 chapters, reviews, and research papers and is currently a co-editor of Translational Science of Rare Diseases.

Dr. Thomas Sadler

Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics, University of Utah; Visiting Professor, East Tennessee State University

Dr. Sadler provides expertise in Embryology/Developmental Biology and the etiology of birth defects. He is the author of Langman’s Medical Embryology and has contributed to educational programs and conferences at the Greenwood Genetic Center for many years.

Dr. Jurgen Spranger

Former Professor and Chairman of the Children’s Hospital at the University of Mainz, Germany

Dr. Spranger is an international authority on disorders of the skeleton and author of the widely acclaimed text, Bone Dysplasias, an Atlas of Constitutional Disorders of Skeletal Development (Ed 2, Oxford University Press, 2002). He has provided indispensable consultation on patients with rare disorders and participates broadly in the Center’s educational programs.

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