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NICHD Council Welcomes Five

NICHD director Dr. Diana Bianchi poses with new members to the institute's advisory council

NICHD welcomes new members to the institute’s advisory council. Shown are (front, from l) Dr. Catherine Gordon, NICHD director Dr. Diana Bianchi, Col. Teresa Brininger and Alyce Thomas. At rear are (from l) NICHD associate director for extramural research Dr. Della Hann, Dr. Clifford Tabin, Dr. Michael Boninger, NICHD deputy director Dr. Catherine Spong and NICHD scientific director Dr. Constantine Stratakis.

Photo: Bill Branson

Five new members joined the National Advisory Child Health and Human Development Council. 

Dr. Michael Boninger is chair of the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh. His work includes regeneration of muscle tissue and using stem cell biology and exercise to spur regenerative processes. 

Col. Teresa Brininger is director of the Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. She oversees planning, budgeting and execution of Army, Defense Health Program and Congressional Special Interest funds directed toward rehabilitative and regenerative medicine research. 

Dr. Catherine Gordon is a pediatric endocrinologist and adolescent health specialist whose research focuses on how nutrition influences bone health, with a particular interest in adolescence and young adulthood. In 2005, she received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for her studies examining bone loss in adolescent girls with eating disorders. 

Dr. Clifford Tabin is professor and chair of the department of genetics at Harvard Medical School. Throughout his career, he has investigated the genetic regulation of vertebrate development by combining classical methods of experimental embryology with modern molecular and genetic techniques. 

Alyce Thomas is a nutrition consultant in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, N.J. Her focus is on working with and caring for high-risk pregnant women, especially those with diabetes. 

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