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“From genome variation to personalized medicine"

Prof. Stylianos Antonarakis, MD DSc
President, Human Genome Organization
University of Geneva

Stylianos E. Antonarakis is Professor and Chairman of Genetic Medicine at the University of Geneva Medical School and director of the iGE3 institute of Genetics and Genomics of Geneva. He is a physician-scientist, human geneticist, who extensively studied the relationship between genomic variation and phenotypic variation. He was educated in the University of Athens (MD and DSc) and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Human Genetics). He received his MD (1975) and DSc (1982) from the University of Athens Medical School, and after a specialization in Pediatrics in the University Hospital, Athens Greece, he moved to Baltimore, Maryland to the program of Medical Genetics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with Haig H. Kazazian and Victor McKusick (1980-1983). His academic contributions include the understanding of the molecular bases of monogenic disorders and complex genetic disorders and the functional variability of the human genome. He has published more than 620 papers, is co-editor of the current edition of the classic textbook Genetics in Medicine, and he is listed as one of the highly cited scientists by the ISI institute (h-index 94). He was the President of the European Society of Human Genetics and was recently elected as President of Human Genome Organization (HUGO). Dr. Antonarakis  was awarded the Society of Pediatric Research Young Investigator Award (1984), International Jerome Lejeune Prize (2004), the European Society of Human Genetics Award (2005), and was elected to the Society of Scholars of the Johns Hopkins University (2006), and the American Academy of Physicians (2010). He was awarded the Commander of the Order of Phoenix medal from the Hellenic Democracy (2007). His current interests and research projects are the functional analysis of the genome, effect of human genetic variation to phenotypic variation, diagnostics and prevention of genetic disorders, and the societal implications of genetics and genome research, among others.


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