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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Biographical Information on the Committee on Communicating Toxicogenomics Information to Nonexperts." National Research Council. 2005. Communicating Toxicogenomics Information to Nonexperts: A Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11179.
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Appendix C
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ON THE COMMITTEE ON COMMUNICATING TOXICOGENOMICS INFORMATION TO NONEXPERTS: A WORKSHOP SUMMARY

MARK A. ROTHSTEIN (Chair) is the chair of law and medicine and the director of the Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law at the University of Louisville. He has appointments in the Departments of Medicine and Family and Community Medicine at the School of Medicine and at the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. He earned a J.D. from Georgetown University. Mr. Rothstein’s interests include the ethical, legal, and social implications of genetics, privacy, health policy, and employment law. He is chair of the Privacy and Confidentiality Committee of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, the federal advisory committee that advises the secretary of health and human services on health information policy, including the privacy regulations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. He has served on the NRC Committee on Assessing Genetic Risks: Issues and Implications for Health.

PATRICIA A. BUFFLER is professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health at University of California, Berkeley. She received a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Buffler’s research interests include the environmental causes of cancer, especially

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Biographical Information on the Committee on Communicating Toxicogenomics Information to Nonexperts." National Research Council. 2005. Communicating Toxicogenomics Information to Nonexperts: A Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11179.
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gene-environment interaction and childhood cancer, lung cancer, leukemia, brain cancer, and breast cancer; epidemiologic research methods; and the uses of epidemiologic data in health policy. She has served on numerous NRC committees including the Committee on Health Effects Associated with Exposure During the Persian Gulf War; Committee to Review the Hanford Thyroid Disease Study Final Results and Report; Committee on Environmental Justice: Research, Education, and Health Policy Needs; National Forum on Science and Technology Goals: Environment; HHMI Predoctoral Fellowships Panel on Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Steering Committee on Valuing Health Risks, Benefits, and Costs for Environmental Decisions; Committee on Chemical Toxicity and Aging; Committee on Passive Smoking; Committee on Non-Occupational Health Risks of Asbestiform Fibers; and Committee on Priority Mechanisms for Research Agents Potentially Hazardous to Human Health. She currently serves on the Committee on Health Risks from Exposure to Low Levels of Ionizing Radiation (BEIR VII Phase 2). Dr. Buffler was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 1994.

LINDA C. FENTIMAN is professor of law at Pace University. She earned a J.D. from the State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo School of Law and an L.L.M. from Harvard University School of Law. Ms. Fentiman has practiced and taught criminal law, environmental law, and health law, concentrating on bioethics, health care access, public health law, and mental disability law, including the insanity defense and competency to stand trial. She has chaired the Health Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the Section on Mental Disability and the Law of the Association of American Law Schools, and is a member of the Health Law Section of the New York State Bar.

WILLIAM F. GREENLEE is president of CIIT Centers for Health Research. He received a Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Rochester. His research interests include the toxicity and carcinogenicity of polybrominated biphenyls and related compounds, neurotoxicity risk assessment, molecular toxicology, and the molecular basis of dioxin toxicity to human keratinocytes. Dr. Greenlee is the current president of the Society for Toxicology.

ROBERT J. GRIFFIN is professor and director of the Center for Mass Media Research at Marquette University. He earned a Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His interests include environmental issues, health, science, risk communication, and new tech-

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Biographical Information on the Committee on Communicating Toxicogenomics Information to Nonexperts." National Research Council. 2005. Communicating Toxicogenomics Information to Nonexperts: A Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11179.
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nologies. Dr. Griffin teaches statistical reasoning and has written on interpretation of public issues, including perception of scientific issues.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Biographical Information on the Committee on Communicating Toxicogenomics Information to Nonexperts." National Research Council. 2005. Communicating Toxicogenomics Information to Nonexperts: A Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11179.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Biographical Information on the Committee on Communicating Toxicogenomics Information to Nonexperts." National Research Council. 2005. Communicating Toxicogenomics Information to Nonexperts: A Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11179.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Biographical Information on the Committee on Communicating Toxicogenomics Information to Nonexperts." National Research Council. 2005. Communicating Toxicogenomics Information to Nonexperts: A Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11179.
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Toxicogenomics, the study of how genomes respond to exposure to toxicants, may ultimately hold the promise of detecting changes in the expression of a person's genes if he or she is exposed to these toxicants. As the technology rapidly develops, it is critical that scientists and the public communicate about the promises and limitations of this new field. Communicating technical information to the public about a developing science can be challenging, particularly when the applications of that science are not yet well understood.

Communicating Toxicogenomics Information to Nonexperts is the summary of a workshop designed to consider strategies for communicating toxicogenomic information to the public and other non- expert audiences, specifically addressing the communication of some key social, ethical, and legal issues related to toxicogenomics and addressing how information related to the social implications of toxicogenomics might be perceived by nonexperts.

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