The UCSF Institute for Human Genetics (IHG) serves as the hub for all activities in human genetics at the University of California, San Francisco.
OUR MISSION is to create an exciting, productive, and collaborative environment for research, training, and clinical application in human genetics.
Our faculty span all four schools (Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy), and many departments within those schools, reflecting the broad importance of human genetics both in basic scientific research and in modern day health care. The sequencing of the human genome, accompanied in recent years with the dramatic reduction in cost for obtaining an individual’s genome sequence, augurs a new era in translational human genetics, impacting not only rare, Mendelian diseases but effectively all diseases affecting the human population. The IHG and its members intend to be in the forefront of these transformational developments.
At the recent 2014 annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics in San Diego, the ASHG Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Education was given to our own Suzanne Cassidy, MD. The award was established to recognize those who have made significant contributions of exceptional quality and great importance to human genetics education.
Suzanne is well known for her clinical and research leadership in understanding the Prader-Willi syndrome. She has played key roles in the genetics education of medical students, residents, and trainees as well as of patients and their families. She has developed a variety of educational materials, including three editions of the textbook Management of Genetic Syndromes, and clinical genetics training programs around the country. She was also a member of the founding Residency Review Committee for Medical Genetics when the field was first recognized as a medical specialty, and has served on the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics. She currently serves as President of the International Prader-Willi Syndrome Organization.
While the IHG has among its members a number of former ASHG award winners, Suzanne holds the unique position as our only recipient of this award.