Dr Martijn van de Bunt, a Novo Nordisk postdoctoral fellow working on the genetics of diabetes at OCDEM and the WTCHG, has been awarded one of the top prizes in the ASHG/Charles J. Epstein Trainee Awards for Excellence in Human Genetics Research in the postdoctoral category. His prizewinning abstract at the 2014 meeting of the American Society for Human Genetics, which took place in San Diego in October, was entitled 'Integrated analysis of pancreatic islet eQTLs and regulatory state maps identifies putative causal mechanisms at T2D associated loci'. 'We are obviously delighted for Martijn as we recognise this is a really big achievement', says Professor Anna Gloyn of OCDEM.
Edouard Hatton, a DPhil student in the Donnelly group at WTCHG, was a finalist in the predoctoral category of the same competition for his abstract 'Re-engineering meiotic recombination in the mouse'.
ASHG honours excellence in research conducted by predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees through merit-based awards that recognise highly competitive abstracts submitted and presented at the ASHG Annual Meeting. These awards were renamed in 2012 to honor the late Dr Charles Epstein, who was a past president of ASHG, former editor of AJHG, and winner of both the William Allan Award and the McKusick Leadership Award.