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Dr. Douglas D. Richman is director of UCSD's Center for AIDS Research and director of the Research Center for AIDS and HIV Infection at VA San Diego Healthcare System. He is also a professor of pathology and medicine at UCSD and the Florence Seeley Riford Chair in AIDS Research. A virologist, Richman was among the early AIDS investigators who led several of the original drug treatment studies of HIV infection. His lab first identified HIV drug resistance and was one of the original labs to describe latent infection of blood lymphocytes by HIV.

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Don Cohon has been on the clinical faculty in pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco since 1982. Currently, he is director of Edgewood Center for Children and Families' Institute for the Study of Community-Based Services. The Edgewood Center provides care for severely emotionally disturbed and learning disabled children, ages 5 to 14, most of whom have suffered parental abuse, neglect, or prenatal substance exposure.

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David Olds is a professor of pediatrics, psychiatry and preventive medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and director of the Prevention Research Center for Family and Child Health. He has devoted his career to investigating methods of preventing health and developmental problems in children and parents from low-income families.

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Dr. David M. Gaba is director of the Patient Safety Center of Inquiry for the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. He is also a professor of anesthesiology at the Stanford School of Medicine and a fellow with the university's Center for Health Policy (CHP) and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research (PCOR).

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Dr. David M. Mirvis is an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee's Health Science Center. He was the founder and director of the Center for Health Services Research and a professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine. He received his M.D. degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in 1970, and subsequently trained in internal medicine and cardiology at the National Institutes of Health and at the University of Tennessee. From 1987 through 1997, Dr. Mirvis served as chief of staff of the Memphis VA Medical Center and as an associate dean of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine.

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McFadden is director of UC Berkeley's Econometrics Laboratory, and his current research focuses on the economic status of the elderly and the adequacy of their housing arrangements, financial planning and the delivery and cost of health services. His research has had profound effects on public policy issues including alternative modes of transportation, electricity usage, attitudes about clean air initiatives and regulation. In addition to winning the Nobel Prize, he was awarded the prestigious Nemmers Prize in economics from Northwestern University in 2000.

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Cynthia Chandler is director of Justice Now, an outreach organization seeking to end violence against women and stop their imprisonment. Justice Now believes that prisons and policing are not making communities safe and whole but that, in fact, the current system severely damages the people it imprisons and the communities most affected by it. Justice Now promotes alternatives to policing and prisons and challenges the prison industrial complex in all its forms.

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The Genome and Biomedical Sciences Facility, a $90 million building at UC Davis, houses the UC Davis Center for Genomics and other research groups in biomedical sciences. Leading the center is Associate Director Craig Benham, an expert in DNA structure and bioinformatics. Benham believes that working out the information content of genome sequences and how their genes are regulated together are the next challenges in genomic science.

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Cindy Collier is director of nursing and EMT programs at Bakersfield College. She has been very successful in writing grants and expanding the nursing program to meet the shortage of RNs in the southern Central Valley. She also has developed innovative approaches to providing nursing education. She is a registered nurse (RN), critical care registered nurse (CCRN) and public health nurse (PHN). She has 23 years of experience as a registered nurse. Her specialty is critical care nursing, but she also has done bedside nursing in acute care facilities and worked in hospital administration.

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Christopher Perrone is deputy director of the California HealthCare Foundation's Health Reform and Public Programs Initiative. Previously, he was senior program officer for the foundation's Public Financing and Policy Program, which works to develop solutions to problems in publicly funded health care and safety net programs, including Medi-Cal and Healthy Families. Perrone was the director of the foundation's Medi-Cal Policy Institute, which has now been folded in to the Public Financing and Policy Program.

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