NIH News Release
National Institute of Biomedical
Imaging and Bioengineering

Friday, November 22, 2002

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NIBIB Welcomes Ten Members to its New Advisory Council

Bethesda, Maryland — Ten prominent scientists have accepted appointments to serve on the recently established National Advisory Council for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NACBIB). The Council is the major advisory group to the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and provides recommendations on the conduct and support of biomedical imaging and bioengineering research and research training. The first meeting of the Advisory Council is scheduled for January 16 and 17, 2003, at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland.

The new members are:

Dr. Carlo J. DeLuca is the director of the NeuroMuscular Research Center and a professor in biomedical engineering at Boston University. He received his master's degree with specialization in biomedical engineering from the University of New Brunswick, and his doctorate from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He was the dean of the College of Engineering at Boston University from 1986 to 1989, and he founded a medical device company, Delsys Inc. He served as president of the International Society of Electrophysiological Kinesiology. His research interests are in neuroengineering with a focus on the areas of voluntary control of muscle fibers, muscle fatigue, sensors for assessing motor activities, and technology for detecting and using EMG signals. Dr. De Luca has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, over 200 abstracts, a book, and holds 12 patents.

Dr. Janie M. Fouke was named dean of the College of Engineering at Michigan State University in 1999. Prior to her appointment as dean, she was the director of bioengineering and environmental systems at the National Science Foundation. She received her doctorate in biomedical mathematics and engineering from the University of North Carolina. She is a senior member of the Biomedical Engineering Society and a fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Fouke has presented keynote addresses worldwide, and has authored numerous articles, books, monographs, reviews, editorials, and abstracts.

Dr. R. Brent Harrison is professor and the chairman of the Department of Radiology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, a position he has held since 1986. He received his M.D. from Duke University School of Medicine and completed his post graduate training in radiology at Norfolk General Hospital at the Eastern Virginia School of Medicine. During his tenure as chairman of the department, he led several significant projects such as the acquisition of an investigational interventional MRI, construction of a new investigational multimodality digital diagnostic and therapy center, and installation of a fiberoptic network for remote digital imaging. Dr. Harrison's research is widely published in peer-reviewed journals, and he is a member of numerous professional societies such as the American Board of Radiology, the American College of Radiology, and the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers. He is also a senior fellow of the Society of Emergency Radiology.

Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson became the 18th President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in July 1999. A theoretical physicist, Dr. Jackson received her doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to her position at Rensselaer, Dr. Jackson served as the chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Appointed by President William J. Clinton in 1995, Dr. Jackson spearheaded the formation of the International Nuclear Regulators Association and served as chairperson of this group from 1997-1999. Dr. Jackson is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Physical Society. She holds 17 honorary doctoral degrees.

Dr. Linda C. Lucas was named dean of the University of Alabama School of Engineering in Birmingham in August 2001. She joined the faculty of the university in 1982 and served as the department chair of biomedical engineering for five years prior to her appointment as dean. Dr. Lucas is also the director of the University of Alabama Biomedical Implant Center, and holds joint appointments with the Injury Control Center, the university's Department of Materials and Mechanical Engineering, and two departments within the School of Dentistry. Dr. Lucas' work focuses on materials for orthopedic, dental, and cardiovasular devices. Her research has been published in more than 90 professional journals. She is a past president of the Society for Biomaterials, a fellow in the American Institute for Medical and Biomedical Engineers, and an international fellow of the Society for Biomaterials.

Dr. C. Douglas Maynard is the special advisor to the President of Health Sciences and professor of radiology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He served as the acting dean at Wake Forest from July 2001 to April 2002. Prior to his appointment as acting dean, he was the chairman of the Department of Radiology and director of the Radiologic Sciences Division. He is also past president of the Radiological Society of North America. Dr. Maynard received his M.D. from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine. His current research interests are in information management and high-speed networks. He has received numerous honors and awards and holds many professional memberships including the American Board of Radiology, the American College of Nuclear Physicians, the American College of Radiology, and the American Medical Association.

Dr. Rebecca Richards-Kortum is a professor and the associate chair for research in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas in Austin. She received her master's and doctorate degrees in medical physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Richards-Kortum is the 1991 recipient of the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award for research in optical spectroscopy. In 1992 she received the Presidential Faculty Fellow Award from the National Science Foundation for excellence in research and teaching. Her research focuses on the application of optical spectroscopy for the early detection of cancer and other diseases, and her research group is currently developing fluorescence based techniques for the diagnosis of cervical pre-cancer in vivo.

Dr. Stephen A. Williams is the executive director and worldwide head of clinical technology at Pfizer Global Research and Development, Pfizer Inc. He joined Pfizer in 1989 as the clinical project manager in the early clinical research group at Pfizer Central Research. He was named associate director of the early clinical research group in 1993, senior associate director in 1995, and then director in 1997. Dr. Williams is recognized as a leader in the field of applied imaging technologies. He received a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery from Charing Cross Hospital Medical School at the University of London, and was registered as a physician with the General Medical Council, UK, in 1984. He also received a doctorate from the Board of Studies of Physiology, University of London.

Dr. Frank C.P. Yin was appointed as the chairman of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1997. He is also the Stephen F. and Camilla T. Brauer Professor of Biomedical Engineering, director of the Institute of Biological and Medical Engineering, and a professor of medicine. He received his master's degree in aeronautical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his doctorate in bioengineering and M.D. from the University of California, San Diego. He is widely published in professional journals, has authored a book, and is a member of numerous professional societies. Dr. Yin's research focuses on soft tissue mechanics, cell mechanics, and hemodynamics.

Dr. James A. Zagzebski is a professor and chairperson of the Department of Medical Physics at the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison. His research interests include ultrasound imaging in medicine, ultrasonic tissue characterization, and flow measurement and visualization using ultrasound. Dr. Zagzebski has authored five books, twenty-one book chapters, and over eighty articles in peer-reviewed journals. He has received numerous honors and awards. Dr. Zagzebski is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American College of Radiology, and is a fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.

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