2014 Hamerton Service Award

DR. JOHN L. HAMERTON SERVICE AWARD

Members of the CCMG who have made outstanding contributions in the area of service to the College will be considered. The Dr. John L. Hamerton Service Award is conferred in recognition of services, diligently rendered to the CCMG over a reasonable period of time, that allowed the development and the maintenance of the tradition of excellence of the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists. More information is available here. Past recipients are listed here.

This year, the award is presented to:
Diane Allingham-Hawkins PhD, FCCMG, FACMG

Director of Genetic Test Evaluation Program at HAYES Inc

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Diane Allingham-Hawkins, Director of the Genetic Test Evaluation Program at Hayes, Inc., was the featured guest on the August 13, 2010 radio broadcast of Life Love & Health: Special Edition, hosted by Christopher Springmann. Dr. Allingham-Hawkins discussed the growing concerns associated with genetic tests marketed directly to consumers; she also offered expert insight into the recently held meetings on FDA oversight of laboratory-developed tests and the congressional hearing on direct-to-consumer genetic testing.

A 20-year veteran of the healthcare industry with deep hands-on experience as a genetics laboratory director.

Prior to joining Hayes, Dr. Allingham-Hawkins was employed by North York General Hospital (NYGH) in Toronto, ascending to the position of Director, Molecular Genetics and Cytogenetics. Prior to joining NYGH, Dr. Allingham-Hawkins was Associate Director of the Molecular Genetics Laboratory at The Hospital for Sick Children, a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto that is home to the world’s second largest hospital-based pediatric research facility.

Dr. Allingham-Hawkins received her BSc degree in Honors Genetics from the University of Western Ontario in 1987 and her PhD in Human Genetics from McMaster University in 1993. She is board-certified in molecular genetics and cytogenetics by the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists. Dr. Allingham-Hawkins is a recognized leader in the field of human genetics who has served on numerous local, national, and international committees to study genetics, has authored or coauthored more than 60 publications, and has presented more than 60 scholarly papers at organizations such as the American Society of Human Genetics, the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, and the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists. She is a past President of the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists.