|Distinguished Scientists Appointed to National
Advisory Council on Aging
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt
announced the appointment of three new members to the National
Advisory Council on Aging (NACA). The group advises the National
Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the department's National Institutes
of Health (NIH), on the conduct and support of biomedical, social,
and behavioral research on the diseases and conditions associated
The new members are:
Dale E. Bredesen, M.D. — Dr. Bredesen is
the founding president and CEO of the Buck Institute for Age Research
in Novato, California, an institute devoted to research on the
biology of aging and age-related disease.
After receiving a B.S. degree from the California Institute of
Technology and an M.D. from the Duke University Medical Center,
Dr. Bredesen began studying neurodegenerative diseases in the laboratory
of Nobel Laureate Stanley Prusiner, M.D., at the University of
California, San Francisco. At UCSF, Dr. Bredesen became known for
his work in programmed cell death (apoptosis) and neurodegenerative
diseases including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's
Dr. Bredesen is a member of the Society for Neuroscience and the
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. His honors
include the Arthur Cherkin Award for Research in Neurodegenerative
Disease, UCLA; the United Way Combined Health Agencies Health Hero
(an annual award for outstanding medical research in San Diego);
the Lou and Eleanor Gehrig Lectureship at Columbia University given
for the most outstanding work on ALS in a given year, and the Cotzias
Award from the American Parkinson Disease Foundation.
Burton H. Singer, Ph.D. — Dr.
Singer's interests are many and varied and include the demography
and biology of aging, mind and body health and its underlying mechanisms,
and tropical diseases. A Princeton faculty member since 1994, Dr.
Singer was named in 2005 as a member of the Institute of Medicine
of the National Academy of Sciences.
Currently the Charles and Marie Robertson Professor of Public
and International Affairs at Princeton University, Dr. Singer's
distinguished academic career began as a teaching assistant at
Stanford University, followed by professor of mathematical statistics
at Columbia University and Ira Vaughan Hiscock Professor of Epidemiology
and Public Health at Yale University. His training includes a B.S.
in engineering science and an M.S. in mechanical engineering, both
from Case Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in statistics from
Recent activities include the Visiting Committee, Harvard School
of Public Health; the Advisory Board of the Fogarty International
Center, NIH; Coordinator of the Malaria Task Force, United Nations
Millennium Project; and chair of the National Research Council
Panel on Future Directions for Behavioral and Social Science Research
Susan L. Swain, Ph.D. — A leading immunologist,
Dr. Swain has been President and Director of the Trudeau Institute
in Saranac Lake, N.Y., from 1996-2007 and is now President Emeritus.
Founded in 1884 as a tuberculosis treatment and research facility,
the Trudeau Institute is now an independent nonprofit biomedical
organization. Trudeau attracts top scientists from the United States
and abroad who investigate basic mechanisms used by the immune
system to combat viruses so better vaccines and therapies can be
developed to fight deadly diseases.
Dr. Swain received her B.A. degree in biology from Oberlin College
and her Ph.D. in immunology from Harvard Medical School. Her teaching
career began as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biology
at the University of California, San Diego, where later she was
named professor of biology in residence. She joined the Trudeau
Institute in 1996. She is also an adjunct professor at the Albany
Medical College and the University of Vermont College of Medicine
and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of
The author of numerous articles, Dr. Swain's research on aging
and immunity to infections has been recognized with NIH Merit Awards
in 1996 and 2005. She has served on many editorial boards and advisory
panels, including President and Council Member of the American
Association of Immunologists, ad hoc member of the National Institute
of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Council, and member of the NIA
Board of Scientific Counselors. She is a member of numerous Scientific
Advisory Boards and/or External Advisory Committees including the
La Jolla Institute of Allergy and Immunology, Dartmouth College,
and Montana State University.
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) leads the federal government
effort conducting and supporting research on the biomedical and
social and behavioral aspects of aging and the problems of older
people. For more information on aging-related research and the
NIA, please visit the NIA Web site at www.nia.nih.gov.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) — The Nation's
Medical Research Agency — includes 27 Institutes and
Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting
and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research,
and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both
common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and
its programs, visit www.nih.gov.