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Sally A. Moody, Ph.D., Elected as Vice President of the Society for Craniofacial Genetics and Developmental Biology

Sally MoodyCongratulations to Sally A. Moody, Ph.D., interim chair of the Department of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology and professor of anatomy and regenerative biology at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, who was elected to a two-year term as vice president, and later president, of the Society for Craniofacial Genetics and Developmental Biology (SCGDB).

SCGDB is an international organization that was established in 1975 as the Society of Craniofacial Genetics. They are committed to advancing the knowledge, health care and prevention of craniofacial disorders through education and research to ultimately decrease the incidence of birth defects involving the craniofacial region.

Moody will bring invaluable leadership experience to the SCGDB. Over the last two decades, Moody has held many leadership positions at GW, including director of the neuroscience graduate program, associate director of the Institute for Biomedical Sciences, and chair of the Institutional Biosafety committee, as well as external positions, including program official of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in developmental genetics and genomics, Chair of the FASEB Excellence in Science Awards Committee and the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Graduate School in Molecular Medicine (Ulm, Germany). She served a six-year term as treasurer of the Society for Developmental Biology and currently is Treasurer of the International Xenopus Board. She also served as an honorary professor at Peking Medical College, Chinese Academy of Medical Science in Beijing, China. She has served on numerous editorial boards and is Editor-in-Chief of genesis, The Journal of Genetics and Development.

She will also bring invaluable research experience to her role at the SCGDB. Moody has led many research projects focused on craniofacial genetics and developmental biology, including work on the specification of cranial placode ectoderm, cranial nerve development and the causes of pediatric dysphagia.

Moody will join elected officials Ralph Marcucio, president, Lisa Taneyhill, secretary, and Tim Cox, treasurer, in leading the SCGDB.

Her appointment was announced at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Society of Craniofacial Genetics and Developmental Biology in Boston, August 3-4.