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ATTACHMENT B: ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The chair thanks the committee members for working extremely hard on a very tight schedule to produce this report and for their willingness to adjust personal schedules to do this work on short notice. He also thanks the staff of the Board on Life Sciences for handling logistics and coordinating the production of the committee’s report. Once again, the chair notes that the most valuable contribution was made by the study director, Marilee Shelton-Davenport, whose knowledge and patient leadership were instrumental in producing a high-quality report. This report has been reviewed in draft form by persons chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council’s Report Review Committee. The purpose of the independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards of objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We thank the following for their review of this report: John Applegate, Indiana University John Bailar, The National Academies Kenneth Berns, University of Florida Genetics Institute David Franz, Midwest Research Institute Marc Lipsitch, Harvard University Stephen Ostroff, Pennsylvania Department of Health Peter Palese, Mount Sinai School of Medicine Brandolyn H. Thran, United States Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine Bailus Walker, Howard University Catherine Wilhelmsen, The United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations, nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of the report was overseen by Ed Perrin, University of Washington, and John Samet, Johns Hopkins University. Appointed by the National Research Council, they were responsible for making certain that an independent examination of the report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of the report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution. 19