Lauren Honess-Morreale, M.P.H., was formerly study director for this study. Previously, she managed community-based research programs at the University of Texas School of Public Health, the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her primary area of expertise is the application of behavior change and communication theories to the design and development of community-based programs. She has successfully managed large-scale multistate screening and health promotion programs. She earned her masters degree in public health at the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Patricia A. Cuff, M.S., R.D., M.P.H., succeeded Ms. Honess-Morreale as study director for this study. She joined the Institute of Medicine staff in April 2001 to work with the Board on Global Health on the report, Microbial Threats to Health: Emergence, Detection, and Response. Prior to that, Patricia worked extensively in the field of HIV–nutrition as a counselor, researcher, and lecturer on topics related to adult and pediatric HIV. She received an M.S. in nutrition and an M.P.H. in Population and Family Health from Columbia University in 1995, and performed her undergraduate studies at the University of Connecticut.

Benjamin N. Hamlin, B.A., research assistant at the Institute of Medicine, received a bachelors degree in biology from the College of Wooster in 1993 and a degree in health sciences from the University of Akron in 1996. He then worked as a surgeon’s assistant in the fields of vascular, thoracic, and general surgery for several years before joining the National Academies in 2000. As a research assistant for the Division on Earth and Life Studies at the National Academies, Mr. Hamlin worked with the Board on Radiation Effects Research on projects studying the health effects of ionizing and nonionizing radiation on the human body. In addition to this study, his work at the Institute of Medicine has included the reports Testosterone and Aging: Clinical Research Directions, Review of NASA’s Longitudinal Study of Astronaut Health, Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion, and NIH Extramural Center Programs: Criteria for Initiation and Evaluation. He 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 health care.

Judith L. Estep is senior project assistant for the Board on Health Sciences Policy and the Board on Neuroscience and Behavioral Health. She recently completed work on a project that produced the report Testosterone and Aging: Clinical Research Directions. Since coming to the National Academies in 1986 she has provided administrative support for more than 30 published reports. Previously, she worked in the Public Relations Office at The George Washington University Medical Center and with the Department of Social Work.

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