Dr. Thomas J. Hudson
Dr. Thomas J. Hudson is founder and Director of the McGill University and Genome Quebec Innovation Centre and past Assistant-Director of the Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research (Cambridge, MA). Dr. Hudson is internationally renowned for his work in Genomics. At the Whitehead Institute, he led the effort to generate dense physical and gene maps of the human and mouse genomes. He is a leader in the development and applications of robotic systems and DNA-chip based methodologies for genome research. In June 1996, he founded the Montreal Genome Centre based at the McGill University Health Centre Research Institute. This center, which recently became the McGill University and Genome Quebec Innovation Centre, is a member of the International Haplotype Map Consortium. Dr. Hudson's interests in human genetic diseases focus on the dissection of complex genetic diseases. Ongoing disease projects in his laboratory include the search for genes predisposing to lupus, inflammatory bowel disease, coronary artery disease, asthma, and diabetes. The laboratory is also using the DNA-chip technology in order to characterize breast and ovarian cancer.
Dr. Hudson is editor-in-chief of the journal Human Genetics. He teaches in the departments of Human Genetics and Medicine at McGill University and practices medicine at the McGill University Health Centre - Montreal General Hospital (Division of Immunology and Allergy). He has received numerous awards, including the André-Dupont 2002 Young Investigator Award given by Quebec's Clinical Research Club, an Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, a Burroughs-Wellcome Clinician-Scientist Award, the 2002 Prix de la Santé from the Armand-Frappier Foundation, the 2001 Young Scientist Award by the Genetics Society of Canada, the 2000 Scientist of the Year by Radio-Canada, the 1999 Canada Top 40 Under 40, and more.