Arthur Beaudet, MD

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Dr. Beaudet received a B.S. in Biology magna cum laude from College of the Holy Cross in 1963 and his M.D. cum laude from Yale in 1967. He then did two years of pediatrics residency at Johns Hopkins and spent two years as a Research Associate at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda before going to Baylor College of Medicine in 1971, where he has remained to the present. Dr. Beaudet has published over 200 original research articles in diverse aspects of mammalian genetics. His contributions included the demonstration of mutations in cultured somatic cells in the 1970s at a time when such evidence was still considered novel. He published extensively on inborn errors of metabolism, particularly on urea cycle disorders. His group was the first to describe uniparental disomy in humans in 1988. He has had long-standing interests in somatic gene therapy and in cystic fibrosis. More recently his major focus has been on genomic imprinting as it relates to Prader-Willi and Angelman syndromes, including identification of the gene causing Angelman syndrome. Dr. Beaudet is well-known as one of the editors of the Metabolic and Molecular Bases of Inherited Disease tome for the 6th through 8th editions, and he has served on many editorial boards and national review panels. He was President of the American Society of Human Genetics in 1998 and is an elected member of the Association of American Physicians and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Beaudet is currently the Henry and Emma Meyer Distinguished Service Professor and Chair in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.