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Edward R.B. McCabe, M.D., Ph.D.

Physician-in-Chief, Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA

Mattel Executive Endowed Chair, Department of Pediatrics and Professor, Department of Human Genetics, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Co-Director, UCLA Center for Society and Genetics (CSG)

M.D., USC School of Medicine (1974)

Ph.D., University of Southern California (1972)

Dr. McCabe is a renowned physician and research geneticist whose career has been dedicated to the screening and treatment of genetic and infectious diseases. He was the first to identify patients with Glycerol Kinase Deficiency; as a component of this research, he cloned two of the genes involved in the disorder, and he continues to study their role in human health. In addition, Dr. McCabe was the first to show that DNA could be extracted from newborn screening blotters; this discovery led to breakthroughs in molecular genetic diagnosis, forensics (including the DNA dog tag) and infectious disease diagnosis. Among his many responsibilities, Dr. McCabe directs the Pediatric Research, Innovation and Mentoring Experience (PRIME) Program; the UCLA Child Health Research Career Development Award; and the Human and Molecular Development Postdoctoral Training Program. Based on his contributions to medical science, Dr. McCabe was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2001, and was a Member of the Human Cloning Panel, Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy, National Academy of Sciences (2001-2002). He was President of the American Board of Medical Genetics (1995-1996), the American College of Medical Genetics (2001-2002), the Western Society for Pediatric Research (2002), and the American Pediatric Society (2006-2007). He was Chair of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetic Testing (1999-2002), and the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health and Society (2002-2004).

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