Robert Cook-Deegan has been the Director of the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy Center for Genome Ethics, Law, & Policy at Duke University since July 2002. Prior to coming to Duke, he was director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship program at the Institute of Medicine (IOM), National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Dr. Cook-Deegan was a Cecil and Ida Green Fellow at the University of Texas, Dallas, following his work on the report Allocating Federal Funds for Science and Technology (the “Press report”). From 1991 through 1994, he directed IOM’s Division of Biobehavioral Sciences and Mental Disorders (since renamed Neuroscience and Behavioral Health). He worked for the National Center for Human Genome Research (1989–1990), after serving as acting executive director of the Biomedical Ethics Advisory Committee of the U.S. Congress (1988–1989). He is the author of The Gene Wars: Science, Politics, and the Human Genome. Dr. Cook-Deegan was a congressional science fellow in 1982 and spent 5 years at the congressional Office of Technology Assessment. Dr. Cook-Deegan did 2 years of postdoctoral research on the molecular biology of oncogenes with Lasker Award scientist Raymond L. Erikson, after completing his internship in pathology at the University of Colorado (1979–1982). He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry, magna cum laude, in 1975 from Harvard College, and his M.D. degree from the University of Colorado in 1979. He is secretary and trustee of the Foundation for Genetic Medicine. Dr. Cook-Deegan was a member of the Board of Directors, Physicians for Human Rights (1988–1996), with whom he participated in human rights missions to Turkey, Iraq, and Panama.
David Franz is vice president and chief biological scientist, Midwest Research Institute; director, National Agricultural Biosecurity Center, Kansas State University; and deputy director, Center for Emergency Care and Preparedness, University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Franz served in the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command for 23 of 27 years on active duty and retired as colonel. He served as commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases and as deputy commander of the Medical Research and Materiel Command. Prior to joining the command, he served as group veterinarian for the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Dr. Franz was the chief inspector on three UN Special Commission biological warfare inspection missions to Iraq, and served as technical adviser on long-term monitoring. He also served as a member of the first two U.S.–UK teams that visited Russia in support of the Trilateral Joint Statement on Biological Weapons and as a member of the Trilateral Experts’ Committee for biological weapons negotiations. Dr. Franz was technical editor for the Textbook of Military Medicine on Chemical and Biological Defense released in 1997. Current committee appointments