and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. Her doctorate in political science is from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


Afrah J. Ali is a senior program assistant at the Institute of Medicine. Prior to joining the Board on Health Sciences Policy, she held short-term positions in the National Academies’ marketing and development departments and studied biology at Howard University. Ms. Ali has 7 years of integrated project management, executive administration, publishing, event planning, research, and marketing experience. Her previous positions include marketing specialist at Standard and Poor’s E-marketing division in New York City.


Franklin Branch is a research assistant for the Board on Health Sciences Policy. Prior to joining the Institute of Medicine, he worked for the Adolescent Health Research Group at Johns Hopkins University and at the American Association of People with Disabilities. Mr. Branch graduated with a B.A. in psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.



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