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2017 Honorees

Distinguished Research Award

Dr. Christina A. Gurnett is an Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Neurology, Division of Pediatric Neurology; Department of Pediatrics; Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Faculty, Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Human and Statistical Genetics Program. She is Co-Director, Precision Medicine Pathway for Doctoral Students, Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Director, Clinical and Translational Core, Intellectual and Development Disabilities Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis.

Dr. Gurnett earned her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Notre Dame, IN and went on to the University of Iowa where she earned a medical degree and Ph.D, in Physiology and Biophysics.

Dr. Gurnett states that "her lab is interested in understanding the range of human phenotypes that arise from the vast amount of genetic diversity that each of us has in our genomes. For Marfan syndrome, specifically, we are beginning to understand that small changes in fibrillin may not cause the complete syndrome, but may make you taller or prone to scoliosis. As genetics moves into the clinic, our work will help clinicians interpret mutations so that they can deliver the correct treatment to the right patient at the right time, which is really the goal of 'precision medicine.'"

Heroes with a Heart Award

Dana Gima, BSN, RN & Barba Stehman, BSN, RN
Barnes Jewish Hospital

Spirit of Service Award

Cheryl Marshall
Washington University School of Medicine