Arno G. Motulsky, M.D. Endowed Chair
The Arno G. Motulsky, M.D. Endowed Chair was established in 2003 to honor a legend: Dr. Arno Motulsky, the founder of the Division of Medical Genetics at UW Medicine in Seattle, Wash.
Dr. Motulsky established the division in 1957, and is considered a pioneer in the field of medical genetics. A book written with Friedrich Vogel — Vogel and Motulsky’s Human Genetics — has been the standard reference in human genetics for graduate and post-doctoral students since it first appeared in 1979 and, unlike most textbooks, is often cited in the original scientific literature. Its fourth edition was published in 2010.
Dr. Motulsky earned a reputation at UW Medicine as a talented teacher and a devoted mentor. He trained many postdoctoral fellows, most of whom are now full professors at prestigious institutions throughout the world, including former post-doctoral fellow Dr. Joseph Goldstein, a Nobel Prize winner. Dr. Motulsky also is a talented researcher, and he is widely viewed as the founder of the field of pharmacogenetics.
During the course of his distinguished career, Dr. Motulsky has received numerous honors, including election to the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the American Association of Physicians, the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He also was elected president of the American Society of Human Genetics and of the VII International Congress of Human Genetics. He received many awards, such as the American Society of Human Genetics Excellence in Education Award and more recently its leadership award.
This endowment was launched with a lead gift from Dr. Gilbert S. Omenn and his wife, Martha Darling, and received a matching gift from the State of Washington. Dr. Omenn is professor of internal medicine, human genetics, and public health at the University of Michigan and the director of the Center for Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics. He was formerly professor of medicine and environmental health, a Howard Hughes investigator, and dean of the School of Public Health at the UW. Dr. Omenn has been closely associated with Dr. Motulsky since 1969, first as a fellow in medical genetics and Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Genetics, then from 1971 as a faculty colleague and co-author of scientific papers.
Martha Darling is an education policy consultant based in Ann Arbor, Mich. Her clients have included the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences and Museums in the Park, Chicago’s major museum consortium. Ms. Darling is a graduate of Reed College and of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
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