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Appendix A

Committee and Staff Biographies


Richard B. Johnston, Jr., (Chair) is currently Professor of Pediatrics at National Jewish Medical and Research Center and University of Colorado School of Medicine. Until January 1999, he was Medical Director of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation and Chief of the Section of Immunology in the Department of Pediatrics at Yale University School of Medicine. Among his previous appointments is the position of Chairman of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Association of American Physicians and the Institute of Medicine and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His publications include work on immune diseases in children and mechanisms of host defense and inflammation. Dr. Johnston is a past president of the Society for Pediatric Research and the American Pediatric Society.

Dr. Johnston is a member of the Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention of the IOM and has chaired four IOM committees, including the Committee for Assessment of Asthma and Indoor Quality and the Vaccine Safety Committee. He has served on several other IOM committees, including the Committee to Review Adverse Consequences of Pertussis and Rubella Vaccines and the Immunology Benchmarking Guidance Group.

Jack P. Antel is a clinical neurologist involved in a major multiple sclerosis research and treatment center at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital. He is a Professor at McGill University where he has served as Chairman of the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery. He has served on editorial boards

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