The Mary Lyon Award
The International Mammalian Genome Society (IMGS) is pleased to announce the establishment of a new award in honor of Dr. Mary Frances Lyon. Dr. Lyon was a founding member of the IMGS and remained active in the society through 2008. She began her scientific career at Girton College of the University of Cambridge in 1943, with Zoology as her main area of study. At that time, less than 10% of students were women, and women were awarded only “titular” degrees. Dr. Lyon subsequently secured a post-graduate degree position with Dr. R.A. Fisher at Cambridge, which was completed at the University of Edinburgh under the direction of Dr. Douglas Falconer. Dr. Lyon then took a position with Dr. T.C. Carter, working on a project funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) to use the mouse to study radiation mutagenesis. She moved to Harwell with Carter in 1955, remaining there until she retired. While Dr. Lyon is perhaps best remembered for her ground-breaking 1961 paper in the journal Nature which first described the random inactivation of the X-chromosome in female eutherian mammals, her involvement in mutagenesis projects and her interest in embryogenesis led to additional important advances in genetics. Dr. Lyon also made significant contributions to the mouse genetics community as editor of Mouse News Letter, chair of the Committee on Standardized Genetic Nomenclature for Mice, and was a great supporter and mentor of mouse geneticists early in their careers.
In recognition of Dr. Mary Lyon’s role as a mentor and her remarkable career, begun at a time when very few women became scientists, the IMGS has established the Mary Lyon Award for early-stage independent female researchers (tenure-track Assistant Professor or equivalent). The IMGS will cover expenses for awardees to participate in an International Mammalian Genome Conference and give an oral presentation of their work. Nominations, including the name of the nominee, their email address, CV or Orcid ID, and the name of one individual who can provide a recommendation letter, should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that nominees need to be IMGS members, but can join at the time of the nomination. Self-nominations are welcome.
IMGC 2017 will be part of EMBL Conference: Mammalian Genetics and Genomics: From Molecular Mechanisms to Translational Applications
Make plans now to join the International Mammalian Genome Society (IMGS) and the Mouse Molecular Genetics (MMG) in Heidelberg for EMBL Conference: Mammalian Genetics and Genomics: From Molecular Mechanisms to Translational Applications! The 31st IMGC is in partnership with the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and will be the only annual meetings of these two groups. Heidelberg is one of Europe's most vibrant and charming cities, where you can discover the latest breakthroughs in molecular biology, genetics, and genomics by day, and explore castles, the world's largest wine barrel, and romance by night.
Scholarships will be available through IMGS, so stay tuned.
The International Mammalian Genome Society exists primarily to foster and stimulate research in mammalian genetics from sequencing and functional genomics to mutagenesis and mutant analysis, and to represent the concerns of its members in their professional activities. The activities of the society have expanded with the growing realization of the important and unique role of rodent species in current biomedical and genetic research.
The extensive mouse genetic resources and the identification of evolutionary conserved linkage relationships between mice and humans offer significant opportunities for understanding gene function in relation to human development and disease. The role of the mouse in biomedical and genetic research continues to expand as the benefits of comparative sequence analysis of the human and mouse genomes and large scale mutagenesis programs are obtained. The roles of other mammalian organisms will expand as their genomes are sequenced.
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