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Five Join NIAID Advisory Council

Five new appointments have been made to the National Advisory Allergy and Infectious Diseases Council. The new members are: Dr. Anthony M. D'Alessandro, professor of surgery at the University of Wisconsin; Dr. Charles Davis, Jr., assistant professor of medicine at the Institute of Virology in the School of Medicine at the University of Maryland in Baltimore; Anne Munoz-Furlong, CEO and founder of the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network in Fairfax, Va.; Rev. Raymond C. O'Brien, professor of law at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.; and Dr. Anjana Rao, professor of pathology at Harvard Medical School.

D'Alessandro is director of multiorgan transplantation and executive director of the Organ Procurement Organization at the University of Wisconsin. He has been actively involved with the United Network for Organ Sharing.

NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci (third from l) welcomes new advisory council members (from l) Rev. Raymond C. O'Brien, Anne Munoz-Furlong, Dr. Charles Davis, Jr., Dr. Anthony M. D'Alessandro and Dr. Anjana Rao.

Davis' background and training is in the areas of infectious diseases and internal medicine. His primary areas of interest are in HIV immunotherapy, alternative therapies and controlling HIV replication through cell-cycle modification.

Munoz-Furlong has published many educational booklets about managing food allergy, and she has also been the executive producer for a series of educational videos on food allergy and anaphylaxis.

O'Brien is a Roman Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., and a permanent visiting professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington. He is coauthor of a casebook, statutory book and treatise in family law and long-term care.

Rao is senior investigator at the Center for Blood Research at Harvard Medical School. She is an internationally recognized investigator in the areas of immunology, molecular biology, signal transduction and gene transcription.

Two Join CSR Review Team

Dr. Robert Nordstrom has come to the Center for Scientific Review as the scientific review administrator of the SSS-7 study section, which reviews small business and other grant applications involving medical imaging technologies. He earned his Ph.D. from Ohio State University, conducting nonlinear laser spectroscopy studies. In postdoctoral research there, he used infrared spectroscopy to detect man-made fluorocarbons in the stratosphere. Nordstrom received a National Science Foundation Outstanding Scientist Scholarship to continue this research at the University of Paris. Before coming to CSR, he was vice president of research at MediSpectra, Inc., in Lexington, Mass., where he worked on optical methods for identifying cervical cancer.

Dr. René Etcheberrigaray has returned to NIH to be the scientific review administrator of the SSS-S study section at the Center for Scientific Review. His section reviews small business and other grant applications in the areas of clinical neuroscience and related technologies. He earned an M.D. from the University of Chile. He first came to NIH as a Fogarty International Center postdoctoral fellow, studying ion channel physiology and molecular neurobiology in the NINDS neural systems section and the NIDDK Laboratory of Cellular Biology. Before coming to CSR, he was the laboratory director and senior scientist at NeuroLogic, Inc., in Rockville.

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