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NIDCD Welcomes Six New Advisory Council Members

Six New Advisory Council Members
Dr. James Battey (pictured second from left) welcomes
NIDCD’s new Advisory Council members (l-r):
Dr. Tommie Robinson, Dr. James Schwob,
Dr. Charlotte Mistretta, Dr. Robert Shannon,
Dr. Paul Manis, and Ms. Patricia Kehn.

The National Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NDCD) Advisory Council has recently added six new members to its roster. The Council advises the secretary of HHS, the director of NIH; and the director of NIDCD on matters relating to the conduct and support of research and research training, health information dissemination, and other programs related to the institute’s mission areas of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech and language. NDCD Council members are appointed for overlapping terms of four years.

Ms. Patricia Kehn is the executive director of the Association for Chemoreception Sciences (AChemS).  As vice-president of L & L Management Services, Inc., an association management company based in Minneapolis, she also serves as the managing officer for the American Society of Neuroimaging, the American Society of Neurorehabilitation, the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the Organization for Human Brain Mapping. Her management experience spans trade and professional associations, private education, and community service organizations. 

Dr. Paul Manis is a professor and director in the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Manis’ primary scientific interest is in the mechanisms of neural information processing in sensory systems. Dr. Manis directs experiments investigating the organization of cortical circuits following prenatal and adolescent stressors.

Dr. Charlotte Mistretta is associate dean for research and Ph.D. training at the University of Michigan’s School of Dentistry, Ann Arbor. Dr. Mistretta also serves the university as program director in oral health sciences and as a professor for the Department of Biological and Materials Sciences. Her research interests include developmental neurobiology of the peripheral and central taste system.

Dr. Tommie Robinson is director of the Scottish Rite Center for Childhood Language Disorders in Washington, D.C., and an associate professor of pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Robinson specializes in communication disorders in children, with a focus on children who stutter. Dr. Robinson’s research and writings have concentrated on normal fluency behaviors in children and adults.

Dr. James Schwob is the George A. Bates professor of histology and chair of anatomy and cellular biology at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. Dr. Schwob’s responsibilities have also included the directorship of the NIH-funded Tufts Medical Scientist Training Program since 2007. Throughout his career, Dr. Schwob has worked with graduate and post-graduate trainees, many of them supported by the NIDCD. 

Dr. Robert Shannon is the director of the Division of Communication and Auditory Neuroscience, the head of the Auditory Implant Research Laboratory, and the scientific director of the Auditory Brainstem Implant Project at the House Research Institute in Los Angeles. Dr. Shannon is also a research professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department, and adjunct professor of the Neurosciences Program, at the University of Southern California.