11 May 2011

Professor Patricia Jacobs Receives International Award

Jnetics is delighted to announce that the chair of our Scientific and Medical Advisory committee, Professor Patricia Jacobs, OBE, DSc, FRS, has been awarded the prestigious 2011 March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology.

Professor Jacobs was honoured, together with Professor David Page, for their pioneering research on the X and Y chromosome. Professor Jacobs was the first to describe a human sex chromosome abnormality with her landmark 1959 paper on Klinefelter syndrome, a disorder involving an additional x chromosome.

“Taken together, the research of Patricia Ann Jacobs and David Page has expanded medicine’s ability to diagnose and understand the basis of infertility and many other diseases” said Dr Michael Katz, senior vice president for Research and Global Programs at the March of Dimes.

March of Dimes, the leading non-profit organisation for pregnancy and baby health in the USA, presents this award annually to scientific leaders whose pioneering research offers hope for the prevention and treatment for some of the most serious birth defects and other human diseases. Since this award was established in 1996, five recipients have gone on to win a Nobel Prize. For more information, see: http://www.marchofdimes.com