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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, Jan. 13, 2003

Contact: HHS Press Office
(202) 690-6343

HHS NAMES SUSAN WEINER TO SECRETARY'S ADVISORY COMMITTEE
ON HUMAN RESEARCH PROTECTION

HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today named Susan Weiner, Ph.D. to the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protection.

Susan Weiner is the president and founder of the Children's Cause, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to education and advocacy to improve access to treatment and quality care for childhood cancer patients and their families. Previously, Weiner had been the executive director of the Children's Brain Tumor Foundation, a nonprofit agency that awarded research grants and provided patient and family education and support services. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in Developmental Psychology and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institutes of Health.

"Susan Weiner will be an excellent addition to the committee. She has a wealth of experience that is directly applicable to the committee's role of providing insight and guidance into the medical and ethical issues surrounding medical research," Secretary Thompson said.

The committee is charged with providing advice to the department on matters relating to the responsible conduct of research involving human subjects. Current members of the Committee include:

  • Ernest Prentice, Ph.D., Chairman of the Committee 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.
  • 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 Kortnetsky, 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.
  • 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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