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It is with great pleasure to announce that Professor Juergen Reichardt has joined the International Scientific Advisory Council of the Golden Helix Foundation.

Professor Juergen Reichardt has a long and distinguished career in gene discovery and, more recently the functional assessment of DNA variants. He was on the faculty at the University of Southern California for 13 years. He then arrived in 2005 in Australia as the Plunkett Chair of Molecular Biology (Medicine) in Sydney where he continued many of his investigations as well as branching out into new areas by establishing new collaborations in Australia particularly in relationship to complex genetic traits, especially heart disease. He served as the Head of School, Pharmacy and Molecular Sciences at James Cook University and as the Associate Dean Research for the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences at James Cook University. In January 2016, Juergenl took up the position of Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation at YachayTech University in Ecuador, the first research-intensive university in Latin America which is modelled on CalTech. Juergen Reichardt has coauthored some 150 peer-reviewed publications with some 4,000 citations. Furthermore, he has held uninterrupted external funding for some 20 years on two continents. He also serves on the Council of HuGO, the Human Genome Organization, has coorganized various international meetings, incl. the HGM 2012 (Human Genome Meeting 2012 in Sydney; Australia) and a series of PacRim Breast and Prostate Cancer Meetings in 3 different countries, he was a visiting professor at many universities, incl. Rome in 2013 and serves also on ten international editorial boards.

The Golden Helix Foundation Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Council warmly welcomes Professor Reichardt and looks forward to closely working with him to achieve the Golden Helix Foundation aims and goals, particularly in the Latin American region.