Judith G. Hall honored by UBC

This photograph shows Dr. Hall with the Principal of Green College, Dr. Mark Vessey, University Mace Bearer for the Graduation Ceremony on May 24, 2017 

The official citation for Dr. Hall’s honorary degree, conferred at a ceremony in the Chan Centre at UBC on May 24, 2017, read as follows:

“Mr. Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Judith Hall is a distinguished clinical geneticist and pediatrician whose prolific research on the neural mechanisms and genetics underlying human congenital anomalies has received national and international recognition.

Dr. Hall joined UBC in 1981 as a Professor of Medical Genetics and Director of Genetic Services for British Columbia. She served as Head of the Department of Pediatrics and the BC Childrens Hospital for ten years, where she played an active role in developing standards for clinical genetic services both at home and abroad.

She also established numerous liaisons with lay groups on a variety of issues related to specific genetic disease entities, health care delivery for children, child advocacy issues, gender issues, and international pediatric child health.

An influential scholar and leader, Dr. Hall is a Foundation Fellow of UBC’s Green College and a key figure in the establishment of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. She has edited major international  journals and served numerous organizations, including the United Nations Scientific Committee on Effects of Atomic Radiation, the Management Committee of the Canadian Genome Analysis and Technology Program, and the American National Center for Human Genome Research.

As Professor Emerita, she continues to be an active researcher, advocate, and contributor to her University’s intellectual life and its international profile as the recipient of countless awards, including her investiture in 1998 as an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2011 she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and in 2013 she received the Founders Award for Excellence in Medical Genetics from the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists. Finally, just two years ago, she took her well-deserved place in the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

Mr. Vice-Chancellor, in recognition of her vast and extraordinary contributions to the study and treatment of genetic disorders, and for her profound influence as a health care advocate and leader, I ask you to confer the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, upon Dr. Judith Hall.”

Judith Hall will give a talk on her scientific career (“Driven by Curiosity : A Life of Discovery in Clinical Genetics”) at Green College on Tuesday, October 3, at 5 pm in the Coach House, with reception to follow, for further details, click here.