Jim Evans

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Jim Evans, MD, Ph.D is Director of Adult Genetics Services at The University of North Carolina where he holds appointments in the Departments of Genetics and Medicine. He was recently appointed to direct the new Bryson Program in Human Genetics at UNC. He obtained his MD and Ph.D from The University of Kansas Medical Center and was subsequently Intern, Resident and Chief Resident in Internal Medicine at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He was a Howard Hughes Fellow in Medical Genetics at The University of Washington in Seattle and subsequently was on the faculty as a Lucille P. Markey scholar at that institution. He is board certified in internal medicine, medical genetics, and molecular diagnostics. Dr. Evans has been an active researcher in the molecular biology of human development, and more recently has been involved in research regarding cancer predisposition, attitudes towards genetic testing , issues related to race and genetic testing, dissemination of genetic information to physicians and pharmacogenomics. He has recently assumed the position of Editor-in-Chief of Genetics in Medicine, the official journal of the American College of Medical Genetics. Dr. Evans has been involved in numerous educational efforts designed to teach widely varying audiences about modern genetic issues. He has been active in the education of medical students, the lay public and practicing physicians regarding the emergence of genetics in medicine. Dr. Evans is the senior scientific advisor and a board member for ASTAR (Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource), a US congressionally mandated effort designed to educate US high-court judges in the realm of science and technology. In 2004 he was involved in organizing and implementing a United Nations conference attended by 82 delegate nations in Concepción, Chile which addressed world-wide disparities in the pursuit and availability of biothechnology. He is an advisor to the US Secretary of Health and Human Service in matters pertaining to Genetics, Health and Society. He resides in Chapel Hill with his wife and two teenage children.

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