WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt today announced the members of the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB). The NBSB will provide expert advice and guidance to the Secretary on scientific, technical and other matters of special interest to the department regarding activities to prevent, prepare for and respond to adverse health effects of public health emergencies resulting from current and future chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological agents.
"This board will play an important role in ensuring that our nation is well-prepared to prevent and respond to public health emergencies," Secretary Leavitt said. "The members' depth of expertise will be invaluable as we continue to prepare."
Authorized by the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act, the board is holding its first meeting today and tomorrow in Washington. Members of the National Biodefense Science Board are:
Patricia Quinlisk , M.D., M.P.H., Chair
Dr. Quinlisk is the medical director and state epidemiologist for the Iowa Department of Public Health. She trained as an epidemic intelligence service officer at HHS' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and has served on national policymaking committees and boards dealing with issues of infectious disease epidemiology, biologic emergencies, terrorism-related issues and public health response. Dr. Quinlisk is a policy advisor to the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, and its lead consultant on bioterrorism. She is recognized for her extensive experience in public health and terrorism-related issues, scientific leadership, and national prominence in the public health arena.
Ruth L. Berkelman, M.D.
Dr. Berkelman is Rollins Professor and Director of the Center for Public Health Preparedness and Research at Emory University in Atlanta . Her research is focused on emerging infectious diseases, domestic and global disease surveillance and preparedness. She has previously served in the U.S Public Health Service as an assistant surgeon general in positions that included senior advisor to the director of the CDC and deputy director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases.
Stephen V. Cantrill, M.D.
Dr. Cantrill serves as the project director and principal investigator of the Biological, Nuclear, Incendiary, Chemical and Explosives (BNICE) Colorado Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Training Center at Denver Health Medical Center. He is an associate professor in the division of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He has lectured nationally and internationally on topics including weapons of mass destruction, disasters and disaster management and has been involved in disaster education for more than two decades. Dr. Cantrill is board certified in the practice of emergency medicine.
Roberta Carlin , M.S., J.D.
Ms. Carlin is executive director of the American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD). She has been involved in the disability field for nearly 25 years, working in the areas of primary prevention, health promotion and wellness for people with disabilities, government relations, grassroots advocacy and expanding partnerships and collaborative opportunities in the disability field.
Albert J. Di Rienzo
Mr. Di Rienzo is senior vice president and chief science and technology officer for Welch Allyn. Mr. Di Rienzo leads the company's worldwide research and innovation activities, oversees next generation science and technology investigations, and is responsible for growing product development globally. For the past 23 years, his research and development appointments at Welch Allyn, Philips Medical Systems, Siemens Medical Systems, Honeywell/Sperry Aerospace, and General Dynamics Land System have contributed to the advancement of commercial, military, and medical applications.