PatientsLikeMe’s Catherine Brownstein, PhD, MPH, Wins “Young Investigator Award” from the 12th International Congress of Human Genetics

Posted August 25th, 2011 by

PatientsLikeMe Research Scientist Catherine Brownstein, PhD, MPH, Winner of a "Young Investigator Award" from the 12th International Congress of Human Genetics

The spotlight is on PatientsLikeMe’s research team this week – and deservedly so.

On Tuesday, Research Director Paul Wicks, PhD, was named “Humanitarian of the Year” and a TR35 Honoree by MIT Technology Review. Now, we are extremely proud to announce that PatientsLikeMe Research Scientist Catherine Brownstein, PhD, MPH, has won a Young Investigator Award from the 12th International Congress of Human Genetics (ICHG).

Held in Montreal, Canada, from October 11-15, 2011, the ICHG is the foremost meeting of the world human genetics community and takes place every five years. The anticipated attendance is 7,000 delegates from over 60 countries around the world. As part of her award, Dr. Brownstein will give a presentation entitled “An internet-based approach to enhance genetic data discovery in ALS” and receive complimentary registration to the five-day conference.

Just how difficult it is to win an ICHG Young Investigator Award? Dr. Brownstein was one of only 64 geneticists selected out of 770 applicants. In addition, her scientific abstract was one of 324 selected for presentation out of 3,932 submitted abstracts. In our book, that puts her in the top 10% of geneticists in the world.

Congratulations to Dr. Brownstein on this prestigious achievement. We look forward to publishing her report from the ICHG on the blog this fall.


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