Piero Rinaldo, M.D., Ph.D., Receives Awards from March of Dimes and UNICO Foundation

Piero Rinaldo, M.D., Ph.D.

Piero Rinaldo, M.D., Ph.D., Consultant, Division of Laboratory Genetics at Mayo Clinic, recently received several noteworthy awards.

Dr. Rinaldo received the Colonel Harland Sanders Award for Lifetime Achievement in Genetics from the March of Dimes Birth Defect Foundation. The citation of the award states, “for seeking clinical utility and performance improvement through post-analytical interpretation of complex laboratory results, in particular as applied to newborn screening by tandem mass spectrometry, and for fostering worldwide collaboration and data sharing.”

He also received the Guglielmo Marconi Science Award and Medal from the UNICO Foundation.

In addition, Dr. Rinaldo was the senior and corresponding author of a manuscript chosen to receive the 2015 Richard King Trainee Award from the ACMG Foundation. The title of the publication is “Post-analytical tools improve performance of newborn screening by tandem mass spectrometry” (Genet Med 2014;16:889-895). The Richard King Trainee Award is given to the best publication in a given year, which is first-authored by a trainee in genetics and is published in Genetics in Medicine, the official journal of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics. The first author and recipient of the award is Patricia Hall, Ph.D., a graduate of the Clinical Biochemical Genetics Fellowship Program with the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and now on the faculty at Emory University.

About Dr. Piero Rinaldo
Dr. Rinaldo joined the staff of Mayo Clinic in Rochester in 1998. He is a Consultant in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology with joint appointments in Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine and Medical Genetics. He holds the academic rank of Professor of Laboratory Medicine, and since 2007, Dr. Rinaldo is recognized with the distinction of a named professorship: the T. Denny Sanford Professor of Pediatrics.

His clinical interests include the laboratory diagnosis of inborn errors of metabolism, newborn screening, and metabolic disorders misdiagnosed either as child abuse or sudden and unexpected death. Since 2008, Dr. Rinaldo has devoted his effort primarily to the development and clinical validation of multivariate pattern recognition software that improves the interpretation of complex profiles of laboratory results. The software, named Collaborative Laboratory Integrated Reports (CLIR), integrates multiple clinically significant results in a single score for a particular condition in a manner that is objective, evidence-based, and open to worldwide collaboration and data sharing. This approach was first applied to newborn screening by tandem mass spectrometry, the Region 4 Stork (R4S) project—one that has grown to involve 1,200 users from 236 programs in 67 countries, allowing the creation of an extensive database of true positive cases (>18,000 cases, more than 1.2 million data points). On average, R4S post-analytical tools are deployed approximately 100,000 times daily.

About the Awards
The March of Dimes Colonel Harland Sanders Award for Lifetime Achievement in Genetics was established in 1986 and is given annually to an individual whose lifetime body of research and education has made significant contributions to the genetic sciences. The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. The organization works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.

The UNICO Foundation’s motto is “Service before self.” The organization’s Guglielmo Marconi Science Award was established in 1995 to annually recognize a living Italian-American scientist who exemplifies Mr. Marconi’s vast scientific and creative accomplishments through his/her own life achievements. Marconi was an inventor and electrical engineer, known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission and for his development of Marconi’s law. He is often credited as the inventor of radio, and he shared the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics with Karl Ferdinand Braun. UNICO National is the largest Italian-American service organization in the U.S., founded in 1922. Members work to support charitable, educational, scientific, and literary causes while promoting the Italian heritage.

The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) is an organization composed of biochemical, clinical, cytogenetic, medical and molecular geneticists, genetic counselors, and other health care professionals committed to the practice of medical genetics. The ACMG Foundation is a nonprofit group of supporters that understands the importance of medical genetics in health care. The foundation named the Richard King Trainee Award for Best Publication after Dr. Richard King in recognition of his instrumental role in creating Genetics in Medicine and serving as the first editor in chief of the journal.

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