We are pleased to announce that Dr. Harry C. “Hal” Dietz has joined the SRF’s Scientific Advisory Board. He will join some of the most highly regarded scientists in the nation in identifying the most promising research aimed at understanding and treating scleroderma.
Dr. Dietz is the Victor A. McKusick Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine and Genetics in the Institute of Genetic Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is also an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. As the Director of the William S. Smilow Center for Marfan Syndrome Research, Dr. Dietz’s research focuses on understanding the biological mechanisms underlying connective tissue disorders. This includes a wide spectrum of conditions associated with fibrosis such as scleroderma, and on developing therapies to treat these diseases.
Additionally, he has received multiple prestigious awards including the Curt Stern Award from the American Society of Human Genetics, the Taubman Prize for Excellence in Translational Medical Science, and the Harrington Prize from the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Harrington Discovery Institute.
Among his many honors, Dr. Dietz is a member of the National Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences.