Alexander M. Capron, LLB, is University Professor at the University of Southern California, where he holds the Scott H. Bice Chair of Healthcare Law, Policy and Ethics in the Gould School of Law and is a Professor of Law and Medicine in the Keck School of Medicine. He serves as the Co-Director of the Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics, a campus-wide interdisciplinary research and education center. His areas of interest in research include genetic databanks and biobanks, euthanasia and end-of-life care, conflicts of interest in research and practice, and the work of national ethics commissions. Professor Capron served as the first Director of Ethics, Trade, Human Rights and Health Law at the World Health Organization and was appointed by President Clinton to the National Bioethics Advisory Commission. He has served as President of the American Society of Law Medicine and Ethics, as President of the International Association of Bioethics, and as Chair of the Biomedical Ethics Advisory Committee of the U.S. Congress. Professor Capron chaired the Board of Advisors of the American Board of Internal Medicine and served on the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee at the National Institutes of Health and on various panels at the Institute of Medicine. He is a Member of the Institute of Medicine and of the American Law Institute, Founding Fellow of the Hastings Center, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Professor Capron received a BA from Swarthmore College and an LLB from Yale University, where he was an officer of the Yale Law Journal.
Carolyn C. Compton, MD, PhD, is President and CEO of Critical Path Institute. She was formerly Director of the NCI Office of Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research. In addition to human biospecimen science, her research interests include translational studies in colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, and wound healing. Before working at NCI, Dr. Compton was the Strathcona Professor and Chair of Pathology and the Pathologist-in-Chief of McGill University Health Center. Prior to this, she had been a Professor of Pathology at the Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital, where she had been the Director of Gastrointestinal Pathology for many years. Currently, she is an adjunct Professor of Pathology at the Johns Hopkins Medical School. Dr. Compton holds several national and international leadership positions in professional organizations such as the College of American Pathologists, the Cancer and Leukemia Group B, the American Joint Committee on Cancer, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. She is also a member of the editorial boards of Cancer, Biopreservation and Biobanking, and Clinical Proteomics. She received her BA in Biology at Brin Mawr College, her MD from Harvard Medical School, and PhD in Anatomy from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She trained in both Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.