An exemplary clinical investigator and passionate thought leader
Judith Hall moved to the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 1981 as a professor of medical genetics and was appointed head of paediatrics at UBC and BC Children's Hospital in 1990. Dr. Hall specialized in the genetic factors that affect lack of children’s growth, including the mechanism of neural tube defects, the genetics of short stature and the genetics of connective tissue disorders such as arthrogryposis, dwarfism, and monozygotic twins. She helped to clarify medical understanding of how folic acid helps reduce birth defects, and identified a new cause of dwarfism. She has also worked with physicians to develop guidelines for care of common disorders, and with lay groups to explain genetic disease that helped parents choose among the available care options.