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2021 GMDI Leadership Award Recipients


Phyllis B Acosta Lifetime Achievement Award
Rani H Singh, PhD, RDN, LD



  • Professor of Human Genetics and Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Director, Genetic Metabolic Nutrition Program, Emory University
  • Founding member and Founding President, GMDI
  • Principle Investigator Health Resources and Services Administration Southeastern Regional Genetics Network (SERN)
  • Principle Investigator Nutrition Guidelines Project
  • Author of over 90 peer-reviewed articles, 3 book chapters and more than 200 combined abstracts and oral presentations.


Emerging Leader Award
Krista Viau, PhD, RD


  • BS. Nutrition and Food Sciences, Utah State University
  • MS, Nutrition and Food Sciences, Utah State University
  • PhD, Public Health, University of Utah
  • Metabolic Dietitian, University of Utah (2009-2015)
  • Assistant Professor, University of Utah (2015-2017)
  • Clinical Nutrition Specialist II, Boston Children's Hospital (2017-2020)
  • Research Consultant, Boston Children's Hospital (2020-   )
  • GMDI Conference Planning Committee
    • Co-Chair GMDI 2021 Virtual Conference
    • Chair, GMDI 2022 Conference
  • GMDI Research Committee
  • GMDI Professional Status Survey (2013, 2017, 2019)
  • Association for Glycogen Storage Disease,  Scientific Advisory Board member
  • Multiple presentations at GMDI and other regional, national and international conferences.

Pacesetter Award
Grace Noh, MS, RD, LDN


  • BS, Nutrition, Georgia State University, Atlanta GA
  • MS, Health Nutrition Sciences - Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
  • Metabolic Nutritionist, Tulane University Hayward Genetics Center
  • Co-Chair, GMDI Technology Committee
  • Camp Counselor- Metabolic Camp, Emory University
  • First author article in JIMD, 2017
  • Poster presentations, GMDI (2018) and Southeastern Regional Genetics Group Annual Meeting (2018)

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