expertise in zoonotic diseases. Dr. Bouyer is a project leader at the Western Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research. The regional centers were created and funded by the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease to develop and conduct programs to promote scientific discovery and translational research capacity to create the next generation of therapeutics for select agents and to provide facilities and support to first-line responders in the event of a national biodefense emergency.
Firdaus S. Dhabhar, PhD, is an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He has expertise in stress and its effects on the endocrine and immune systems. Using rodent and human models, Dr. Dhabhar has elucidated critical psychophysiological, cellular, and molecular mechanisms by which stress may exert enhancing and suppressive effects on immune function in vivo. A major part of his effort is focused on examining the novel and unexpected immunoenhancing effects of mild stressors on innate, adaptive, and antitumor immune responses in the skin. For this work, Dr. Dhabhar received the PsychoNeuroImmunology Research Society Young Investigator Award in 2000, the Stazen Research Excellence Award in 2002, and the Fields Award for Excellence in Research and Teaching in 2003. Dr. Dhabhar served as a member of the Institute of Medicine committees on Gulf War and Health (Phase 1): Health Effects Associated with Exposure during the Persian Gulf War and Assessing Interactions among Social, Behavioral, and Genetic Factors in Health. He has also served as a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health and as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome Association.
Steven L. Leary, DVM, is the assistant vice chancellor for veterinary affairs, director of the Division of Comparative Medicine, and research associate professor in the Department of Pathology at Washington University School of Medicine. He has a long history with laboratory animal transportation issues. Dr. Leary has previously served on an American Veterinary Medical Association committee to address concerns about the air transportation of companion animals. He has served as a member of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International. He is also a member of other research animal welfare organizations, including the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science and the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. Dr. Leary has served on the Editorial Board of Comparative Medicine and Laboratory Animal Science and on the Scientific Review Board of Laboratory Animals.