The Solve ME/CFS Initiative has nominated the following individuals to the Department of Health and Human Services Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee (CFSAC) for terms beginning in April 2012. Each of the nominees has given her or his approval for the Solve ME/CFS Initiative to make the nomination.
Roger Dodd, PhD: Dr. Dodd is a widely published and regularly cited expert on blood safety and blood transmissible agents with 40 years’ experience with the American Red Cross addressing established and emerging infectious agents. He is a past officer of the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) and International Society of Blood Transfusion and was appointed to a World Health Organization Expert Advisory Committee on Blood Transfusion. He currently serves as a member of the DHHS Blood XMRV Scientific Research Working Group and the AABB’s Interorganizational XMRV Task Force, bringing him into close contact with scientific and communication issues posed by the studies under way to determine the role of murine leukemia viruses in CFS.
Alan Pocinki, MD: Dr. Pocinki is a general internist at George Washington University Hospital. His special interests include CFS and related conditions such as joint hypermobility and dysautonomia, as well as general preventive medicine. Dr. Pocinki is a clinical associate professor at George Washington University Medical Center and a fellow of the American College of Physicians. He has served the D.C. Medical Society in a variety of capacities, including as a member of its Board of Trustees, and was recently honored by the Medical Society with its Distinguished Service Award. He has also served at the President of the D.C. Society of Internal Medicine, and was named the national Young Internist of the Year by the American Society of Internal Medicine in 1997. His patients recently voted him one of the “Top Primary Care Doctors in Washington” in a leading consumer magazine, and his peers have similarly voted him one of Washingtonian magazine’s “Top Doctors.”
Charles McBrayer Sasser, JD: Mr. Sasser has represented individuals with CFS in disability and employment cases for more than 20 years. He is a past president of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Solve ME/CFS Initiative . He is extremely knowledgeable about the processes by which disability benefits are evaluated by private insurers and the Social Security Administration and the types of medical evidence that can be helpful to establish disability in these cases.
Suzanne Vernon, PhD: For 13 years Dr. Vernon has dedicated her training and talents to applying systems biology based models to the study of CFS, building productive networks of scientists and translating information gained from research to the patient community and other stakeholder groups. She has communicated effectively with funding agencies, the media and policymakers about the challenges and needs of scientists working on CFS and has built a reputation for rigor and credibility. She is the scientific director of the Solve ME/CFS Initiative and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association for CFS/ME. She is also a member of the DHHS Blood XMRV Scientific Research Working Group.
Members of the committee are selected from nominees made by the public by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health. Appointments are made by the Secretary for Health. Qualifications sought by the Department of Health and Human Services are described in the Federal Register notice of July 18, 2011.
A Research1st post made July 27, 2011 includes recent updates about the CFS Advisory Committee. For more information about the CFSAC, please visit the committee’s website or use the tag cloud at right to locate other recent posts by clicking on “CFS Advisory Committee.”August 16, 2011