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AppendFi~c A Subcommittee Activities To undertake this study, the National Research Council established a subcommittee of its standing Committee on An Assessment of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Radiation Studies to review the conduct and report of the Hanford Thyroid Disease Study (HTDS). The Subcommittee to Review the Hanford Thyroid Disease Study Final Results and Report included members on its final roster. In its request to the National Research Council, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asked that the National Research Council's work be conducted in public to the fieriest extent possible. Consistent with the policies of the National Academy of Sciences, the subcommittee conducted its fact-finding activities in public meetings and met in closed session only to consider findings and recommendations. At its first meeting, the subcommittee examined its composition to make certain that necessary expertise and perspectives were represented and that no important conflicts of interest or bias existed. The expertise sought in this group included thyroid disease, epidemiology, biostatistics, risk assessment, dose reconstruction, risk communication, radiation oncology, clinical practice, and public health. After a brief discussion, it was decided that two subcommittee members shouic! not serve on the subcommittee. Lynn Anspaugh and William Schull volunteered to step down because of possible or 163