Society for Microbiology, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society, the International Endotoxin Society, and the Society for Pediatric Research.

Jane E. Sisk, Ph.D., Professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management, joined the faculty at the Columbia University School of Public Health in January 1992. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from McGill University, an M.A. in economics from George Washington University, and a B.A. with honors in international relations from Brown University. From 1981 to 1992 she directed health policy projects at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, where she was a Senior Associate and Project Director in the Health Program. Her reports addressed such topics as information for consumers on the quality of medical care, Medicare payment for physician services, Medicare payment for recombinant erythropoietin, federal policies toward the medical devices industry, and the cost-effectiveness of influenza and pneumococcal vaccines. Dr. Sisk is the immediate past President of the International Society of Technology Assessment in Health Care. Her research interests include technology assessment, prevention, and the organization and financing of medical care.


Violaine S. Mitchell, MSc., is a Program Officer in the Division of International Health of the Institute of Medicine (IOM). She received her B.A. in development studies from Brown University and her MSc. in tropical public health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Prior to joining the IOM in 1990, she spent several years in Egypt running an animal health and production project among Cairo's traditional garbage collectors, the zabbaleen. Other projects during her three years at the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine include work with the Committee on Malaria Prevention and Control, Board on International Health, and the International Forum for AIDS Research. Ms. Mitchell is a recipient of the Institute of Medicine 1991 Staff Achievement Award for her work on the Institute of Medicine report Malaria: Obstacles and Opportunities (1991).

Nalini Philipose joined the Division of International Health in October 1991 to work as a Research Assistant for the study on the Children's Vaccine Initiative. She graduated in May 1991 from Cornell University with a B.A. in Soviet Studies and Political Science. She was actively involved in all aspects of the study, from the formation of the committee to writing chapters of the report. She will attend Stanford Law School this fall.

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