Cynthia Abel is a Program Officer in the Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention of the Institute of Medicine. She received a B.A. in government and political sciences from the University of Maryland and is working on a masters in public policy. Most recently, she worked with the IOM committee that produced Veterans and Agent Orange: Health Effects of Herbicides Used in Vietnam and with several other IOM committees in the area of health promotion and disease prevention. She also worked with the National Research Council's committee that produced the report Safety Issues at the Defense Production Reactors: A Report to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Laura Colosi, M.P.A., is the Research Assistant for the Committee to Study HIV Transmission Through Blood and Blood Products in the Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention of the Institute of Medicine. She received a B.S. in human service studies from Cornell University and a masters in public administration from Cornell's Institute for Public Affairs, with a specialization in families and social policy. Her work experience includes serving as a Research Assistant with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Personnel Administration at the Department of Health and Human Services and also with the Office of the Deputy Attorney General at the Department of Justice.

Kristina Becker is the Project Assistant for the Committee to Study HIV Transmission Through Blood and Blood Products. She received a B.A. in journalism from Ohio University with a specialization in public relations and business administration. She has served as a consultant for the public affairs office of Bank One, Cleveland, and has completed several internships in the communications field.



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