The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) has named Sekar Kathiresan, MD, Ofer and Shelly Nemirovsky MGH Research Scholar 2013-2018, as the 2018 recipient of the Curt Stern Award.
This annual award, named for the late pioneering geneticist Curt Stern, PhD, recognizes genetics and genomics researchers who have made significant scientific contributions during the past decade.
"Dr. Kathiresan's research leverages genetic predisposition in preventive care; his work is helping the millions of people at risk for heart attacks and cardiovascular disease, said David L. Nelson, PhD, President of ASHG. "This prestigious award is given to Dr. Kathiresan for his tireless efforts to apply his research to the clinic."
In related news, a team led by Dr. Kathiresan recently reported that a new kind of genome analysis could identify large fractions of the population who have a much higher risk of developing serious common diseases, including coronary artery disease, breast cancer, or type 2 diabetes.
"The big takeaway is that we can now capture the inherited component to heart attack risk with a single number," he says. Dr. Kathiresan explains more about the study in this video.