eral surgery for several years before joining the National Academies staff in 2000. As a Research Assistant for the Division on Earth and Life Studies at the National Academies, Ben worked with the Board on Radiation Effects Research on projects studying the health effects of ionizing and non-ionizing radiations on the human body. He has worked on a number of Institute of Medicine studies, including Testosterone and Aging: Clinical Research Directions; Review of NASAs Longitudinal Study of Astronaut Health; Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion; Improving Medical Education: Enhancing the Behavioral and Social Science Content in Medical School Curricula, and NIH Extramural Center Programs: Criteria for Initiation and Evaluation. Ben is currently pursuing graduate work in the sociomedical sciences. He is also involved with the U.S.-Bangladesh Advisory Council, an organization that promotes governmental cooperation between the United States and Bangladesh on matters of trade and healthcare.

NATASHA S. DICKSON has been a senior project assistant with the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine since March 2001. She is a graduate of the John S. Donaldson Technical Institute in Trinidad and Tobago. She gained administrative experience at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, and also worked as an advertising sales representative and reporter for the Trinidad Express Newspapers.

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