Columbia University. Dr. Rosenfield was the Population Council representative and advisor to the Ministry of Public Health in Bangkok, Thailand, and Assistant Director of the Technical Assistance Division at Population Council headquarters in New York City between 1967 and 1975. He has contributed over 100 articles to professional journals and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Public Health Association, and American Fertility Society.

Bennett M. Shapiro, MD, is Executive Vice-president for Worldwide Basic Research, Merck Research Laboratories. He earned his MD at Jefferson Medical College. Before joining Merck, Dr. Shapiro was on the faculty of biochemistry at the University of Washington (1971-1990) and Chairman of the Biochemistry Department (1985-1990). Between 1968 and 1970 he was a visiting scientist at the Institute Pasteur, Paris, and US Public Health Service surgeon and, from 1965 to 1968, research associate at the National Institutes of Health. He is a member of the American Society of Biologists and Chemists, American Society of Cell Biology, and American Society of Development Biology.

Wylie W. Vale, PhD, is Head of the Clayton Foundation Laboratories for Peptide Biology at the Salk Institute and has been Professor at the Institute since 1980 and serves on its Board of Trustees and as Chairman of Faculty. Of his many named lectures and awards, the most recent is the Vincent du Vigneaud Award of the American Peptide Society (1992). Dr. Vale has been President of the Endocrine Society (1992-1993), the NIDDK Council of Scientific Advisors, and Board of Directors of the Laurentian Hormone Conference, and now serves as Vice-president of the International Society for Neuroendocrinology. Dr. Vale was elected to the US National Academy of Sciences in 1992. The most recent of his numerous scientific publications are concerned with corticotropin-releasing factor and activin receptors.

Bai-ge Zhao, PhD, is Director of the Shanghai Institute of Planned Parenthood Research. She earned her PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK. Prior to that she was Director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Research in Human Reproduction and the National Laboratory for Contraceptives and Devices Research (1990-1994) and Deputy Director of the Medical Section of Shanghai Science and Technology Commission (1984-1985). Dr. Zhao was named Outstanding Woman and Scientist in Shanghai and Outstanding Postgraduate in China. Her basic research in mechanisms of hormone action, signal transduction, and gene expression in aspects of reproductive process, as well as her work with RU 486 and implant technologies, earned her the National Prize for Progress in Science and Technology. She is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences.

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