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Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on Gender Differences in Susceptibility to Environmental Factors; Setlow VP, Lawson CE, Woods NF, editors. Gender Differences in Susceptibility to Environmental Factors: A Priority Assessment: Workshop Report. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 1998.

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Nancy Fugate Woods, Ph.D. (Chair), is associate dean for research and professor of family and child nursing at University of Washington School of Nursing. She received a B.S. in nursing from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, in 1968; an M.N. from the University of Washington in 1969; and a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1978. Since the mid-seventies, Dr. Woods has provided leadership in the development of women's health as a field of study in nursing science. Her early research focused on the relationship of women's social environments and health. Since the late 1970s Dr. Woods has led several large research projects focusing on women's experiences with perimenstrual symptoms. With collaborators at Duke University and the University of Washington, she conducted the first prevalence study of perimenstrual symptoms among U.S. women. Subsequent research focused on women's social environments, stress response, and ovarian hormones in the etiology of menstrual cycle symptoms. In collaboration with colleagues at the University of Washington, Dr. Woods established in 1989 the Center for Women's Health Research, focusing on women's health across the lifespan. Current research focuses on women in midlife health, and health-seeking behavior patterns. She is currently involved in projects focusing on menopause, including women's decisions about using hormone replacement therapy. Dr. Woods is active in professional organizations, having served as president of the American Academy of Nursing and the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research. She is also a member of the National Advisory Council on Nursing Research for the National Institute on Nursing Research and the Women's Health Task Force at NIH. She received the American Nurses Foundation Distinguished Contribution to Nursing Research Award and is a member of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences.

Eula Bingham, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Environmental Health at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She was vice president for research at the University of Cincinnati for nine years. Dr. Bingham served as assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health in the Carter Administration. She has done research in chemical carcinogenesis and toxicology and is currently involved in research on surveillance methodologies for construction workers in the nuclear industry. Dr. Bingham has been a leader in policy development to protect women from discrimination based on hazardous workplace exposures. She currently serves as chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry and chair of the Department of VA's Persian Gulf Advisory Committee. Dr. Bingham is also a member of the National Toxicology Program Board and the IOM.

Kim Boekelheide, Ph.D., is professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the Brown University School of Medicine. He received his B.A. from Harvard University and M.D. and Ph.D. from Duke University. His research has examined fundamental molecular mechanisms by which toxicants induce testicular injury. Current projects include an assessment of cytoskeletal perturbation in testicular injury and the biological basis of irreversible testicular atrophy, focusing on pathways of germ cell apoptosis. He has been continuously funded by the NIEHS since 1985 and has received several awards, including a Burroughs Wellcome Toxicology Scholar Award (1994–1999). He has served as a member (1990–1995) and Chair (1993–1995) of the Toxicology Study Section of the Division of Research Grants, NIH.

Denise Faustman, M.D., Ph.D., is associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of the immunobiology laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She earned her M.D. and Ph.D. at Washington University School of Medicine. She did her internal medicine and endocrinology training at MGH, where she currently directs the immunobiology laboratory. Her research focuses on transplantation, autoimmunity, and the disparity in the incidence of autoimmune diseases between men and women. Dr. Faustman is the author of many articles in Science and PNAS and in 1991 presented data implicating the antigen-presenting cells of peripheral blood as the “bad” eductor cells in most autoimmune diseases. This year, she identified a new mutation that may be central in the gender-controlled expression of disease.

Stephen H. Safe, D.Phil., is a distinguished professor in the Department of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology at Texas A&M University. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. at Queen's University in Canada and a D.Phil. from Oxford University in England. His research is focused on several areas, including biochemical, toxic, and genotoxic responses of halogenated and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons; the adverse effects of endocrine-disrupting compounds; the regulation of estrogen-induced gene expression and crosstalk with AH receptors; and the development of AH receptor-based drugs for breast cancer treatment. He is a member of several committees and currently serves as a councilor for the Society of Toxicology.

David H. Wegman, M.D., is professor and chair, Department of Work Environment at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. He received his B.A. from Swarthmore College and his M.D. and M.Sc. from Harvard University. Dr. Wegman has focused his research on epidemiological studies of occupational respiratory disease, musculoskeletal disorders, and cancer and has published over 100 articles in the scientific literature. He has also written on public health and health policy issues, such as hazard and health surveillance, methods of exposure assessment for epidemiologic studies, the development of alternatives to regulation, and the use of participatory methods to study occupational health risks. He is coeditor with Dr. Barry Levy of one of the standard textbooks in the field of occupational health, Occupational Health: Recognition and Prevention of Work-Related Disease, the third edition of which was published in 1995. His recent work has focused on developing methods to study subjective outcomes, such as respiratory or irritant symptoms reports, and on the health and safety risks among construction workers involved in the building of the Third Harbor Tunnel and the underground Central Artery in Boston.


Valerie Petit Setlow, Ph.D., is the director of the Division of Health Sciences Policy, IOM. In this capacity she is responsible for the development of public policy activities related to biomedical research, including fundamental science and clinical research; infrastructure to support research; drug development and regulation; education, training, and mentoring of health professionals; and the ethical, legal, and social implications of biomedical advances. Dr. Setlow received her B.S. in chemistry from Xavier University in 1970 and her Ph.D. in molecular biology from The Johns Hopkins University in 1976. Dr. Setlow has conducted research in molecular hematology and virology and has had a distinguished career in government, serving in many seven different staff positions, including director of the Cystic Fibrosis Research Program at NIH, senior policy analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, and as acting director of the National AIDS Program Office. She also holds an adjunct appointment at Howard University in the Department of Community Health and Family Medicine, where she teaches medical bioethics.

C. Elaine Lawson is a research associate of the Division of Health Sciences Policy, IOM. In this capacity, she is responsible for providing background papers, staff analyses, and reference research for study directors and/or the division director. Most of her work has centered around ethical, legal, and social implications of biomedical advances and K–12 health and science education. Ms. Lawson received her B.S. in health and physical education from James Madison University in 1978 and her M.S. in exercise science and health from George Mason University in 1994. Ms. Lawson has conducted research in health education policy and public genetics education. She began her IOM career in 1989 as a senior project assistant. She became a research assistant in 1992 and a research associate in 1994.

Linda DePugh is the administrative assistant for the Division of Health Sciences Policy, IOM. Ms. DePugh has been a member of the National Academy of Sciences staff for over 25 years. She served as administrative assistant for the Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention prior to joining the Division of Health Sciences Policy in 1994. Ms. DePugh provides administrative assistance to the Board on Health Sciences Policy and the division by coordinating specific tasks which are crucial to the progress and completion of program activities. She obtained her associate's degree from Durham Business College.

Jamaine Tinker is a Financial Associate with the IOM. She provides support throughout the life research projects by completing financial and administrative responsibilities. She works closely with program staff to prepare proposal and working budgets, cost projections, and financial reports and analyses. Also, in this capacity, she often serves as the liaison between the division and other academy offices, such as Contracts and Grants, Accounting, Purchasing, Payroll, Travel Services, and Human Resources. Ms. Tinker earned a business administration certificate from Georgetown University in 1994 and a B.A. from Wittenberg University in 1987, where she majored in Spanish and minored in math.

Copyright © 1998, National Academy of Sciences.
Bookshelf ID: NBK100879


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