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Monday, April 15, 1996

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Five New Members Named to NIAID Council

HHS Secretary Donna E. Shalala today announced five appointments to the National Advisory Allergy and Infectious Diseases Council, the principal advisory body of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a component of the National Institutes of Health within the Department of Health and Human Services.

The council provides recommendations on the conduct and support of research, including training young scientists and the dissemination of health information derived from NIAID research. The council is composed of physicians, scientists and representatives of the public who contribute their time and expertise for a four-year term.

The new council members are: Jerrold J. Ellner, M.D., vice-chair of the department of medicine and director of the Tuberculosis Research Unit at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio; Warren D. Johnson, M.D., chief of the Division of International Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Cornell University at New York City; Garry T. Lyle, controller, administrative operations for Xerox Corporation in St. Petersburg, Fla.; Paula Marie Pitha-Rowe, Ph.D., professor of oncology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.; and W. Gary Tarpley, Ph.D., vice president, discovery research at Pharmacia & Upjohn in Kalamazoo, Mich.

NIAID supports investigators and scientific studies at U.S. universities, medical schools and research institutions that will help prevent, diagnose and treat such illnesses as AIDS, tuberculosis, Lyme disease, allergies and asthma.

Dr. Ellner received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In addition to his other duties at Case Western Reserve University, he is director of the division of infectious diseases at University Hospitals and a professor of medicine and pathology. Certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases, Dr. Ellner is the author of numerous articles in scientific journals and book chapters. In 1990, he received the prestigious Squibb Award of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Dr. Johnson has a medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He has served as the B.H. Kean Professor of Tropical Medicine at Cornell University since 1990. His research interests include HIV and AIDS therapy, diagnosis of parasitic diseases and human monocyte biology. He has published extensively in scholarly journals and has authored many book chapters. Certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases, Dr. Johnson is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Mr. Lyle has worked in various positions at Xerox Corporation since 1976, including national distribution manager (1979-84), U.S. operations transportation manager (1984-87) and regional business manager (1987-90). Prior to that, he was co-owner of Plant Wagon, Inc., a floral-plant business. From 1967 to 1974 he was best known as a defensive back for the Chicago Bears. Prior to that, he played collegiate football at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he was named All-American. Later he was inducted into the university's Athletic Hall of Fame. He received a bachelor's degree in sociology from American University.

Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, Dr. Pitha-Rowe earned her doctorate in biochemistry from the Academy of Sciences in Prague. An expert in virology and molecular biology, she has written extensively in her field. She was a junior research officer in the Division of Radiation Biology at the National Reserche Council of Canada in Ottawa from 1965 to 1966. She completed a special fellowship at the Centre National de la Recherche at the Institut de Biologie, Physico-Chimique in Paris, France, in 1969; and was a visiting scientist at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California in 1970; the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehobot, Israel, in 1978; and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Perth, Western Australia in 1986. She has been on the faculty at Johns Hopkins University since 1970.

Dr. Tarpley holds a doctoral degree in oncology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he also did a postdoctoral fellowship in virology. He has worked in various research positions at Pharmacia & Upjohn Company since 1974, including research associate in experimental biology research, research scientist in cancer and viral diseases, and team leader for the Antiviral/HIV Research Program. In 1990, he was a professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and in 1991 he became director of cancer and infectious diseases research at Pharmacia & Upjohn. Dr. Tarpley is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the American Foundation for AIDS Research.

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