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NIDCD Welcomes Five New Members to Its Advisory Council
Top row, left to right: Dr. James Battey,
Dr. Rickie Davis, Dr. William Brownell, Dr. John
Niparko. Bottom row, left to right: Dr. Karen
Friderici, Ms.Brenda Battat.
NIDCD director James F. Battey, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., welcomed five new members to the National Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NDCD) Advisory Council during its regular meeting on June 5, 2009, at the NIH. The Council advises the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the director of the NIH, and the director of the NIDCD on matters relating to the conduct and support of research and research training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to disorders of hearing and other communication processes. The term for Council members is four years.
The new members are: Brenda Battat, M.A., executive director of the Hearing Loss Association of America; William Brownell, Ph.D., chair in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Communicative Science at Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston; Karen Friderici, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Michigan State University in East Lansing; John Niparko, M.D., professor and director of the Division of Otology, Neurotology, and Skull Base Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore; and Rickie Davis, Ph.D., who leads the Hearing Loss Prevention Team at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.