Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Dr. James White retires

Dr. James White, a Regents Professor at the University of Minnesota Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, has retired. Dr. White developed the electron microscopy test for Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome. For decades, he has helped people with albinism test for Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome free of charge. Thanks to his efforts, those who are affected by the syndrome have been able to seek out appropriate medical care and live better, healthier lives. Likewise, countless people with albinism who tested negative have been able to rest easier. 

Dr. White received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota in 1955. His career is a catalog of publications on all sorts of disorders affecting bleeding. His CV is full of academic and medical honors including most recently: 
International Health Professional of the Year, 2005
AcademicKeys Who’s Who in Medical Sciences Education, 2005
Harold S. Diehl Award, 2005

Dr. White’s lab will no longer be the testing center for Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome. Anyone with albinism who wants to be tested for Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome should contact the HPS Network at: 1 (800) 789-9HPS or e-mail: 

A new center will be taking over the testing of Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome. They have worked closely with Dr. White to make the transition, and to train using Dr. White’s electron microscopy technique for diagnosing HPS. 

We are so grateful for the decades of work Dr. White has dedicated to the albinism community and will greatly miss working with him! 

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