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Letter Report on the Development of a Model for Ranking FDA Product Categories on the Basis of Health Risks
member of the Institute of Medicine and has served as a member of its Committee on Postmarket Surveillance of Pediatric Medical Devices and Committee on Capturing the Full Power of Biomaterials for Military Medical Needs. He received his MD from the Case School of Medicine and his PhD in chemistry from Oregon State University.
Francisco Diez-Gonzalez is an associate professor in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota. His research expertise is in food-safety microbiology, foodborne pathogens, safety of fresh fruits and vegetables, preharvest control of pathogenic E. coli, bioterrorism agents, and safety of organic food. Dr. Diez-Gonzalez teaches courses in food safety and food microbiology. He has served on the University of Minnesota Institutional Biosafety Committee, and he has advised both undergraduate and graduate students. He is also the recipient of the New Career Excellence Award for the College of Human Ecology at the University of Minnesota. He is member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Food Protection and the Journal of Food Analytical Methods. Dr. Diez-Gonzalez received his PhD in food science from Cornell University.
Kathryn M. Edwards (IOM) is Sarah H. Sell Chair in Pediatrics and the director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Her research focuses on the evaluation of vaccines for the prevention of infectious diseases in adults and children. She is a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Edwards has served as a member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration. She has also served as a member of the National Academies Committee to Assess the Safety and Efficacy of the Anthrax Vaccine. Dr. Edwards received her MD from the University of Iowa College of Medicine.
Susan S. Ellenberg is professor of biostatistics and associate dean for clinical research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the design and analysis of clinical trials and the assessment of medical-product safety. Dr. Ellenberg is associate editor of Clinical Trials and of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. She is a fellow of the American Statistical Association, the Society for Clinical Trials, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has served as a member of the National Academies Planning Committee for the IOM Drug Safety Report: Resource Implications, Committee on the Assessment of the U.S. Drug Safety System, and Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics. Dr. Ellenberg received her PhD in mathematical statistics from George Washington University.
Paul S. Fischbeck is professor of social and decision sciences, professor of engineering and public policy, and director of the Center for the Study and Improvement of Regulation at Carnegie Mellon University. His research focuses on the quantification and communication of uncertainty, including theoretical improvements in decision analysis and numerous applied real-world problems. Dr. Fischbeck has written extensively on various applications of decision and risk-analysis methods and has won several awards from the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences. He is a member of the National Research Council Marine Board and has served on several committees, including the Committee on Marine Salvage Response Capability: A Workshop and the Committee on Risk Assessment and Management of Marine Systems. Dr. Fischbeck received a PhD in industrial engineering and engineering management from Stanford University.
Helen H. Jensen is a professor of economics and head of the Food and Nutrition Policy Division of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University. Her research fields are food and nutrition policy, analysis of food-consumption behavior, economics of food safety, and health risk assessment. Dr. Jensen is on the Board of Directors of the American Agricultural Economics Association and of the Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics and has recently been on the Editorial