Kári Stefánsson, M.D., Dr. Med. founded deCODE in 1996. He was professor of Neurology, Neuropathology and Neuroscience at Harvard University 1993-1997, faculty member in Neurology, Neuropathology and Neurosciences at University of Chicago 1983-1993. Dr. Stefansson shaped deCODE’s scientific approach to population genetics. He is among the world leaders in human genetics and has published more than 500 scientific papers.
Dr. Stefánsson has received numerous prestigious awards, including the Sackler Lecture at MIT (2009), the European Society of Human Genetics Award (2009), the Anders Jahre Award (2009), the American Alzheimer’s Association’s Inge Grundke-Iqbal Award (2014), the FEBS’s Sir Hans Krebs Medal (2016), ASHG’s William Allan Award (2017).