Who We Are
The Center for Human Genetics, located in Bar Harbor, Maine, is a nonprofit counseling, educational, referral and research institution now in its 42nd year of service. Founded in 1968 as the Genetic Counseling Center, it was later incorporated under the name Center for Human Genetics.
Founders were Morris A. Lambdin, M.D., pediatrician;
James H. Thaidigsman, M.D., obstetrician and gynecologist;
Thomas H. Roderick, Ph.D., geneticist; Merrill C. Bunker, cytogeneticist.
The Center has a staff of four, a board of directors made up of people from all segments of our communities, and an active consulting staff of collaborators in service and research.
All serve without compensation.
Margaret Rieley, M.D. - Dr. Rieley, who recently moved to Maine, is the newest member of our staff here at the Center. A graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine, she comes to us from Cincinnati Children's Hospital, where she recently completed her residency in pediatrics with a subspecialty in medical genetics. Dr. Rieley has a particular interest in genetic counseling and cancer genetics, and we welcome her as a consultant and a participant at our specialty genetics clinics.
Thomas Roderick, Ph.D. –Dr. Roderick is one of the original founders of the Center and has devoted countless hours to its counseling, education, and research projects. He is a research geneticist emeritus at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, who long ago recognized the importance of detailed genealogy in understanding the role of genetics in human disease. He also is credited with coining the term "genomics" to refer to the newly emerging subdiscipline of genetics that deals with the mapping and analysis of entire sets of chromosomes (genomes) .
One of our original founders, Morris A. "Mo" Lambdin, M.D., died on April 1, 2010. He was one of the main instigators in the Center's development, and we will always be grateful for his strong and enthusiastic support. A tribute appears in the Bangor Daily News online at http://www.bangordailynews.com/detail/140638.html.
Our long-time executive director and beloved colleague, Melba Wilson, Ph.D., died peacefully on Feb. 11, 2009 after a lengthy illness. Her contributions to the Center were enormous, and she continues to be greatly missed.
To enable informed decisions and early detection of genetic disorders by raising awareness and understanding through education, support and referral.
With this mission in mind, the Center for Human Genetics aims to:
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