News Release

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

NIAMS welcomes four new advisory council members

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) has appointed four new members to its advisory council. The council comprises scientific and lay members who have expertise in the mission areas of the institute. Council members provide advice to the institute on broad policy issues, and make recommendations on research proposals. NIAMS is part of the National Institutes of Health.

New council members include:

Sherine E. Gabriel, M.D., is dean of the Mayo Medical School, the William J. and Charles H. Mayo Professor, and a professor of medicine and epidemiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Dr. Gabriel’s research program integrates clinical rheumatology training with epidemiology and health services research, contributing to the understanding of the risks, determinants, and outcomes of rheumatic diseases. More recently, her research has focused on elucidating the risks and determinants of heart disease in people who have rheumatoid arthritis.

Martha M. Murray, M.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Harvard Medical School, Boston, and an orthopaedic surgeon at the Boston Children’s Hospital and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Her research focuses on the stimulation of tissue healing inside the joints, particularly the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and the meniscus of the knee. She is currently studying the effects of a scaffold designed to deliver growth factors on tissue regeneration and healing after ACL rupture.

Edward A. Rankin, M.D., is chief of Orthopaedic Services at Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C., a clinical professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Howard University College of Medicine, and a clinical associate professor at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is also an orthopaedic surgeon in private practice in Washington, D.C., and has served as past president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Elizabeth J. Shane, M.D., is a professor of medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York City, where she is vice chair of Medicine for Clinical and Epidemiological Research. She is also an attending physician at Columbia University Medical Center. Her research interests include osteoporosis in premenopausal women, bone disease associated with HIV infection, osteoporosis associated with organ transplantation, and other secondary forms of osteoporosis.

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The mission of the NIAMS, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Institutes of Health, is to support research into the causes, treatment and prevention of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases; the training of basic and clinical scientists to carry out this research; and the dissemination of information on research progress in these diseases. For more information about the NIAMS, call the information clearinghouse at (301) 495-4484 or (877) 22-NIAMS (free call) or visit the NIAMS website at

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