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Rhode Island's Eileen Naughton Appointed to National Institutes of Health Director's Council of Public Representatives

Published on October 29, 2008

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has selected Rhode Island House of Representatives member Eileen Naughton to serve as a member of the Director‚??s Council of Public Representatives (COPR). This esteemed advisory committee provides counsel to the NIH Director on health and research issues important to the public.

"We are extremely pleased NIH has recognized Representative Naughton‚??s outstanding leadership in advocating for state policies and initiatives that support research in the life sciences," said Jeff Seemann, co-chair of the Rhode Island Science and Technology Advisory Council (STAC) and dean of the College of the Environment and Life Sciences at the University of Rhode Island. "Representative Naughton has been a strong supporter of the council and supportive of STAC's initiatives to strengthen Rhode Island‚??s research and development capacity, stimulate entrepreneurship and new company creation and create a stronger state-wide infrastructure for innovation."

"These new members bring extensive knowledge and professional experience in public health law and policy, school-based health, state health policy, outreach to underserved communities, patient advocacy, and business management and technology development, along with a strong commitment to enhancing public participation in biomedical and behavioral research," said NIH Director Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D. "I welcome them to the council and look forward to their contributions to the COPR‚??s important work."

Also named to the committee are Micah Berman, J.D., of Boston; Lora Church of Albuquerque; Carlos Pav√£o, M.P.A., of Atlanta; John Walsh of Miami; and James Wong, Ph.D., of San Jose. See brief biographies attached.

New COPR members will participate as confirmed members at the next COPR meeting, scheduled for Oct. 31 2008. The meeting will highlight such topics as genomics, the NIH Public Trust Initiative and Director's Council Member reports.

The COPR brings important matters of public interest forward for discussion and advises and assists in enhancing public participation in NIH activities and in increasing public understanding of NIH. Additional information is available at www.copr.nih.gov

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