NHGRI Deputy Director Alan E. Guttmacher, M.D., and Robert L. Nussbaum, M.D., chief of the Genetic Disease Research Branch and acting chief of the Inherited Disease Research Branch in NHGRI's Division of Intramural Research, are among the 65 new members of IOM, which is a national resource for independently informed analysis and recommendations on issues related to human health. With their election, members make a commitment to devote a significant amount of time as volunteers for IOM committees, which conduct a broad range of studies on health policy issues.
"We are thrilled that the Institute of Medicine has recognized Drs. Guttmacher and Nussbaum for their outstanding professional achievements and commitment to service. Along with many others at NHGRI, these two physicians have been at the forefront of efforts to translate the findings of the Human Genome Project into new strategies for improving human health. The IOM surely will benefit from their membership," said NHGRI Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., who himself was elected to the IOM in 1991.
As deputy director of NHGRI, Dr. Guttmacher guides strategic planning for the institute and plays a lead role in integrating genomics into medical practice. In addition, as director of NHGRI's Office of Policy, Communications and Education, Dr. Guttmacher oversees the institute's health affairs, public policy, communications, community outreach and public education functions. His other activities at NHGRI have included co-editing a series of articles on genomic medicine for The New England Journal of Medicine, and co-founding a group called Genetic R
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