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Four new members have joined the National Advisory Allergy and Infectious Diseases Council. They are Dr. Richard Insel, executive vice president of research at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, New York; Dr. Martin G. Myers, professor of pediatrics and preventive medicine and community health at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston; Dr. Shelley M. Payne, professor of molecular genetics and microbiology at the University of Texas at Austin; and Dr. Gary Schoolnik, professor of medicine, microbiology and immunology at Stanford Medical School.
Insel leads the strategic direction and oversight for the approximately $100 million in research grants annually awarded to universities and researchers by JDRF — the world's largest charitable supporter of juvenile diabetes research. He previously served as a professor of pediatrics, microbiology and immunology at University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry Medical Center.
Myers serves as associate director for public health policy and education of the Sealy Center for Vaccine Development at the UT Medical Branch, Galveston. He is also president and board chair of a new nonprofit corporation, Immunizations for Public Health, and is the director and editor for National Network for Immunization Information.
Payne is a member of the Institute of Cellular and Molecular Biology, and distinguished teaching professor at the University of Texas. Her research focuses on the molecular biology of bacterial pathogens including Shigella and Vibrio cholerae; she received an NIH MERIT award for studies on Shigella pathogenesis.Schoolnik is an attending physician in infectious diseases at Stanford Medical Center. His research employs molecular genetic and genomic methods and combines laboratory and field work (in Mexico and Bangladesh) to study infectious agents in developing countries.
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