|New Members Appointed to National Advisory General Medical
HHS Secretary Michael O. Leavitt has appointed two new members to the National
Advisory General Medical Sciences Council.
The council, which meets three times a year, is composed of leaders in the biological
and medical sciences, education, health care and public affairs. Its members,
who are appointed to four-year terms, perform the second level of peer review
for research and research training grant applications assigned to the National
Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), one of the National Institutes
of Health. Council members also offer advice and recommendations on policy and
program development, program implementation, evaluation and other matters of
significance to the mission and goals of NIGMS.
The new members are:
Edwin S. Flores, Ph.D., Esq., managing partner at Chalker Flores, LLP, a law
firm that focuses on intellectual property and patent prosecution in areas such
as biotechnology, nanotechnology and pharmaceuticals. He earned a B.S. in microbiology
from the University of Texas at Austin, a Ph.D. in molecular immunology from
Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. and a J.D. from the University of Texas
at Austin School of Law.
Paula E. Stephan, Ph.D., professor of economics and senior associate at the
Georgia State University Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. Her research
interests include the careers of scientists and engineers, the role that immigrant
scientists play in U.S. science and the process by which knowledge moves across
institutional boundaries in the economy. Dr. Stephan earned a B.A. in economics
from Grinnell College in Iowa and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of
a component of the National Institutes of Health, supports basic biomedical
research that is the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment,
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 http://www.nih.gov.