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HHS Secretary Leavitt Announces Members of the National Biodefense Science Board
Date:12/17/2007

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt today announced the members of the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB). The NBSB will provide expert advice and guidance to the Secretary on scientific, technical and other matters of special interest to the department regarding activities to prevent, prepare for and respond to adverse health effects of public health emergencies resulting from current and future chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological agents.

"This board will play an important role in ensuring that our nation is well-prepared to prevent and respond to public health emergencies," Secretary Leavitt said. "The members' depth of expertise will be invaluable as we continue to prepare."

Authorized by the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act, the board is holding its first meeting today and tomorrow in Washington. Members of the National Biodefense Science Board are:

Patricia Quinlisk, M.D., M.P.H., Chair

Dr. Quinlisk is the medical director and state epidemiologist for the Iowa Department of Public Health. She trained as an epidemic intelligence service officer at HHS' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and has served on national policymaking committees and boards dealing with issues of infectious disease epidemiology, biologic emergencies, terrorism-related issues and public health response. Dr. Quinlisk is a policy advisor to the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, and its lead consultant on bioterrorism. She is recognized for her extensive experience in public health and terrorism-related issues, scientific leadership, and national prominence in the public health arena.

Ruth L. Berkelman, M.D.

Dr. Berkelman is Rollins Professor and Director of the Center for Public Health Preparedness and Research at Emory University in Atlanta. Her research is focused on emerging infectious diseases, domestic and global disease surveillance
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