Committee and Staff Biographies
ROY PATTERSON (Chair) is the Ernest S. Bazley Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Allergy-Immunology Division of the Department of Medicine of Northwestern University Medical School. He is a physician board certified in internal medicine and allergy-immunology. He served as Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Northwestern for 17 years and has been a member of various National Institute of Health and other national committees and societies. His research interests include immunoglobulin E (IgE) mediated allergies, occupational immunologic lung disease, animal models of allergy and asthma, allergic drug reactions, allergic aspergillosis, and investigation and control of asthma. With his research colleagues, he has developed a markedly improved form of allergen immunotherapy and discovered a process that may reduce IgE antibody levels, the cause of common allergies.
HARRIET BURGE (Vice-Chair) is Associate Research Scientist in the Allergy Division at the University of Michigan Medical School and Associate Professor of Environmental Microbiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Burge is a mycologist specializing in indoor air quality. She chairs the Bioaerosol Committee of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists and the Michigan Occupational Health Standards Commission, is a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology and the American College of Allergy and Immunology, and is vice-chair of the Pan American Aerobiology Association. Her research on indoor allergens is supported by government, industry, and private foundations.
REBECCA BASCOM is Director of the Environmental Research Facility and Associate Professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is a physician, board certified in internal medicine (pulmonary medicine) and preventive medicine (occupational medicine). Dr. Bascom is a member of the American Thoracic Society (Long Range Planning, Environmental and Occupational Health Assembly), American Academy of Allergy and Immunology (chairing the Committee on Environmental Control and Air Pollution), American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and the American Public Health Association. Her research interests center on differential responsiveness to irritants and the effects of irritants on allergic diseases. Her professional practice centers on occupational and environmental respiratory diseases and on the development of practical work site surveillance programs to assist in the control of respiratory hazards.
EULA BINGHAM is Professor of Environmental Health in the School of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Bingham also serves as a trustee for the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Greater Cincinnati Occupational Health Clinic, and Director of the Ohio Hazardous Substance Institute and is a member of the Institute of Medicine. Her research interests are in environmental health, occupational safety and health, and chemical carcinogenesis. Dr. Bingham has served in numerous public-sector positions including: Department of Labor (Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health, National Institute for Safety and Health study section), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (Food and Drug Advisory Commission, Environmental Health Advisory Commission), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Science Advisory Board). Dr. Bingham has also served as a member of several committees and boards for the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council, and Institute of Medicine. Dr. Bingham is a recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation Public Service Award and the American Public Health Association Alice Hamilton Award.
ROBERT K. BUSH is a Professor of Medicine (CHS) at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Chief of Allergy at the William S. Middleton Veterans Affairs Hospital, Madison, Wisconsin. He is an active member of the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology and the American Thoracic Society. He serves on the Allergenic Products Advisory Panel to the U.S Food and Drug Administration and is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. His research interests include the characterization of fungal and occupational allergens.
LESLIE C. GRAMMER is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Allergy-Immunology at Northwestern University Medical School. Dr. Grammer's principal research is in allergic responses to low-molecular-weight reactive chemicals. She is board certified in internal medicine, allergy-immunology, diagnostic laboratory immunology, and occupational medicine. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology and of the American College of Allergy and Immunology. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Allergy and Immunology, and she was a member of the Illinois Task Force on Asbestos.
MICHAEL D. LEBOWITZ is a Professor of Medicine (pulmonary, epidemiology, environmental medicine) and Associate Director of the Respiratory Sciences Center at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and of the American College of Epidemiology, and an elected member of the American Epidemiological Society and other societies. He is on the executive committees of the International Societies of Environmental Epidemiology and Exposure Analysis. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Exposure Analysis and Environmental Epidemiology and a section editor of the Journal of Toxicology and Industrial Health , and is on the editorial board of Pediatric Pulmonology. His research interests are in pulmonary diseases and environmental health. He cochaired the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences Committee on Indoor Pollutants and was senior editor of the World Health Organization EHC monograph Guidelines on Studies in Environmental Epidemiology and of the World Health Organization/EURO monograph IAQ: Biological Contaminants.
FLOYD MALVEAUX is Professor of Microbiology and Medicine and Chairman of the Department of Microbiology at Howard University College of Medicine. He is a physician (allergy) and basic scientist (immunology). His clinical and research interests relate to the epidemiology of asthma morbidity in high-risk populations, design of interventions to decrease this level of morbidity, and the mechanisms of allergens in eliciting bronchial inflammation in asthma. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the Board of Trustees of the National Medical Association, the Board of Directors of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, and the editorial boards of Annals of Allergy and the Journal of the National Medical Association. He also was a member of the expert panel that drafted the Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma recently published by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
JOHN L. MASON is a consulting engineer and was Vice President of Engineering and Technology for Allied Signal Aerospace Company until his retirement in 1989. For Allied Signal's predecessor, the Garrett Corporation, Dr. Mason led the engineering group that designed the heating, ventilating, air-conditioning and pressurization systems for a majority of the world's aircraft and for the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Skylab spacecraft. He is a Fellow and was 1990 President of the Society of Automotive Engineers and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
PHILIP R. MOREY is Manager of Indoor Air Quality Services for Clayton Environmental Consultants, a Marsh & McLellan company. He is chair of the American Society for Testing and Materials D22.05.06 Technical Committee on Bioaerosols in Indoor Air, editor of that committee's conference proceedings on biological contaminants in indoor environments, and was previously Professor of Biological Sciences at Texas Technical University. At Clayton, he directs indoor air quality evaluations in office buildings and hospitals which emphasize ventilation system analysis and sampling for microorganisms.
THOMAS A. W. PLATTS-MILLS is Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the University of Virginia. Dr. Platts-Mills' clinical and research interests concern the role of indoor allergens in asthma and atopic dermatitis. In particular, studies have focused on exposure to allergens in domestic houses and the methods for reducing exposure. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and is Chairman of the Environmental and Occupational Interest Section. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Clinical and Experimental Allergy, and the Journal of Immunological Methods.
CAROL RICE is an Associate Professor of Environmental Health at the University of Cincinnati. A certified industrial hygienist, Dr. Rice specializes in evaluating occupational exposures over the working lifetimes of employees. The exposure metrics resulting from the measurement of current exposure and those constructed from historical data are used in occupational epidemiological studies. Most recently, she has contributed to the evaluation of exposure-response relationships for cohorts exposed to refractory ceramic fibers and silica.
LANNY J. ROSENWASSER is Head of the Allergy and Immunology Division at the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine and Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado Health
Sciences Center. Dr. Rosenwasser's clinical and research interests relate to the cellular immune response to allergens in airways and basic issues of cytokine biology in inflammation and immunity. Dr. Rosenwasser has served as an associate editor of the Journal of Immunology and The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and was a charter member of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases' AIDS Review Committee. He has also served as chairman of the Veterans Affairs Merit Review Board for Immunology.
ABBA TERR is Clinical Professor of Medicine and Director of the Allergy Clinic of Stanford University Medical Center. His principal research interests are allergy informatics, occupational allergy, and the regulation of atopic immunoglobulin E antibody production. He is a physician board certified in internal medicine and allergy and maintains a private consulting practice of allergy and immunology. He is coauthor of the text-book Basic and Clinical Immunology, and he serves on a number of national societies and committees.
M. DONALD WHORTON is Vice President of ENSR Consulting and Engineering, the environmental consulting division of American NuKEM, an integrated environmental services company. Dr. Whorton is a physician epidemiologist specializing in occupational and environmental health issues. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and has served or is serving on other Institute of Medicine or National Research Council committees. He is a fellow of the American College of Environmental and Occupational Medicine, chairman of its Occupational Medical Practices Committee, and a fellow of The American Public Health Association.
JAMES E. WOODS, JR., is the William E. Jamerson Professor of Building Construction in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Dr. Woods is a registered professional engineer and specializes in research on control of the indoor environment. He is a fellow of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers. He has served as a member of the Science Advisory Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the Committee of Indoor Air Quality and Total Human Response.
ANDREW M. POPE is a Senior Staff Officer and Study Director in the Institute of Medicine's Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. His primary interests focus on the occupational and environmental influences on human health, with expertise in physiology, toxicology, and
epidemiology. As a Research Fellow in the Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the U.S. Food And Drug Administration, Dr. Pope's research focused on the neuroendocrine and reproductive effects of various environmental substances in food-producing animals. During his tenure at the National Academy of Sciences, and since 1989 at the Institute of Medicine, Dr. Pope has directed and edited numerous reports on occupational and environmental issues; topics include injury control, disability prevention, biologic markers, neurotoxicology, and indoor allergens.
POLLY A. BUECHEL served as the Project Assistant from October 1991 to October 1992. Previously, Ms. Buechel was a staff assistant for the Brookings Institution on a study of the World Bank. She received a B.A. degree in international relations from the University of California, Davis.