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News Release

Friday, Jan. 3, 2003

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HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today named 11 doctors, scientists and other experts to the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protection.

The committee will be chaired by Ernest Prentice, Ph.D., who is associate dean for research and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and regulatory compliance at the University of Nebraska Medical School in Omaha. A professor of cell biology and anatomy, as well as preventive and societal medicine, Dr. Prentice will lead the committee's efforts to provide advice to the secretary on issues involving medical research on human subjects.

"Under Dr. Prentice's leadership, this committee will provide valuable insight and guidance into the medical and ethical issues surrounding medical research," Secretary Thompson said. "We must make sure that we allow science and medical research to advance for the good of all Americans, but not at the expense of the people who participate in these clinical trials."

The committee is charged with providing advice to the department on matters relating to the responsible conduct of research involving human subjects. This includes research issues involving special populations, such as children, neonates, prisoners and the decisionally impaired; pregnant women, embryos and fetuses; individuals and populations in international studies; populations in which there are individually identifiable samples, data or information; and investigator conflicts of interest.

The committee's charge represents an expansion of the responsibilities of HHS' former National Human Research Protections Advisory Committee. Three of the former committee's members serve on the new one.

In addition to Dr. Prentice, the new committee's members include:

  • Tom Adams, the chief executive officer of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals, an international trade association based in Alexandria, Va., with about 17,000 professional members.

  • Mark Barnes, J.D., a health care attorney and partner in the New York law firm Ropes & Gray. He served on the National Human Research Protections Advisory Committee.

  • Celia B. Fisher, Ph.D., the director of the Center for Ethics Education at Fordham University in New York currently serving as bioethicist-in-residence and as visiting professor in psychology at Yale University in New Haven, Conn.

  • E. Nigel Harris, M.D., dean and senior vice president for academic affairs at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.

  • Robert G. Hauser, M.D., senior consulting cardiologist at the Minneapolis Heart Institute in Minneapolis, Minn.

  • Nancy L. Jones, Ph.D., associate professor of pathology at Wake Forest University Health Sciences in Winston-Salem, N.C.

  • Felix A. Khin-Maung-Gyi, the founder and chief executive officer of Chesapeake Research Review in Columbia, Md., which serves as an independent Institutional Review Board and provides other professional services in the private sector.

  • Susan Kortensky, M.P.H., the director of clinical research compliance at Children's Hospital in Boston. She served on the National Human Research Protections Advisory Committee.

  • Jonathan Moreno, Ph.D., a professor of bioethics at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. He served on the National Human Research Protections Advisory Committee.

  • Mary Lake Polan, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, Calif.


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