2014 Founders Award


Members of the CCMG who have made outstanding contributions to Canadian medical genetics will be considered.  The award will be in recognition of an outstanding career in medical genetics in Canada or abroad.  The contributions of the members being considered for the award could be in any area of medical genetics: service, research, teaching, administration, other academic activity or scholarly activity.  Past winner can be found here.


This year, the award is presented to:
Judith Allanson, MD

Clinical Geneticist, Department of Genetics, CHEO
Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine,
University of Ottawa

Research Practice Areas:

Current Research:  Dr. Allanson’s research is focused on learning more about how we recognize differences in facial morphology, including the application of 2D and 3D photogrammetry. Her research also investigates how primary care providers use family history to interpret risk for a genetic disorder, and how they integrate genomic medicine into their practice. Dr. Allanson’s research goals are to engage and educate healthcare providers and the public in order to optimize the use of genomic medicine.

Biography:  Dr. Allanson’s career-long research interests have focused on the evaluation of facial features and syndrome identification. She has a long-standing interest in the natural history and genotype-phenotype correlations of Noonan syndrome, a common condition caused by mutations in genes in the Ras-MAPK pathway. She is a member of research teams that focus on health services and health policy: how we evaluate genetic services; the understanding, perception and application of genetic knowledge by primary care providers; and the translation of gene discoveries into health benefits. Dr. Allanson is passionate about genetics literacy. She is co-editor of a book on management of common genetic syndromes and currently co-directs a new CHEO-funded resource: Genetics Education Canada – Knowledge Organization (GEC-KO) – see www.geneticseducation.ca.