Announcements for 2000

February 2000 (historical)

DHHS Names Four New NIAMS Council Members

Four new members were recently named to the National Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Advisory Council:


Chris Allen is the president and chief executive officer of Family Road Care Centers in Detroit, Mich., where he oversees the development of a national outcome evaluation program at each center to measure morbidity and mortality of high-risk maternal and child health populations. He currently serves on the board of trustees of the Arthritis Foundation and is a past-president of its Michigan chapter.

John P. Atkinson, M.D. , is professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo. The goal of his research is to further understanding of the origins of autoimmunity, and, for the past decade, his laboratory has focused on characterizing complement receptors and complement regulatory proteins. Clinically, he cares for patients with complement deficiencies and immune-mediated inflammatory disorders.

Paul R. Bergstresser, M.D. , is professor and chairman of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. His research focuses on the effects of ultraviolet B radiation on immunity in skin. He is a member of many national and international professional societies and is the former editor-in-chief of Photodermatology, Photoimmunology, and Photomedicine .

Jean Mandeville , of Minneapolis, Minn., is an advocate for increased public awareness of and medical research for bone diseases. She is the parent of a young adult with osteogenesis imperfecta and has served as president, board member and chairperson of the research and advocacy committee of the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation.

The new appointees will serve on the advisory council to NIAMS through September 2003.

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), leads the Federal medical research effort in arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases. The NIAMS supports research and research training throughout the United States, as well as on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD, and disseminates health and research information. The National Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NAMSIC) is a public service sponsored by the NIAMS that provides health information and information sources. Additional information can be found on the NIAMS Web site at