Sharon Fontaine Terry
Sharon F. Terry is President and CEO of Genetic Alliance, an enterprise engaging individuals, families and communities to transform health. Genetic Alliance works to provide programs, products, and tools for ordinary people to take charge of their health and to further biomedical research.
As ‘just a Mom’ with a master’s degree in theology, she cofounded PXE International, a research advocacy organization for the genetic condition pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE), in response to the diagnosis of PXE in her two children in 1994. She is a co-discoverer of the ABCC6 gene, and patented it to ensure ethical stewardship in 2000, assigning her rights to the foundation. She subsequently developed a diagnostic test and conducts clinical trials. She is the author of 150 peer-reviewed papers, of which 30 are clinical PXE studies. Her story is the topic of her TED Talk and TED Radio Hour.
In her focus at the forefront of consumer participation in genetic research, services and policy, she serves as a founder or leader on many of the major international and national organizations, including the National Academy of Medicine Roundtable on Genomics and Precision Health; the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health; the International Rare Disease Research Consortium Executive Committee; and as Founding President of EspeRare Foundation of Geneva, Switzerland.
Terry is an Ashoka Fellow. She is an avid student and facilitator of Gestalt Awareness Practice, offering workshops and individual facilitation. Her daughter and son are why she started down this path. They, their wives, and her granddaughter ground and enliven her.