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Palmer W. Taylor is founding dean of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at UCSD. A nationally recognized leader in pharmacology research, Taylor was instrumental in creating the new school -- which opened in 2002 -- and in pointing out to state leaders the nationwide shortage of pharmacists, as well as the need for a pharmacy school that would take a leadership role in the post-genomic era of drug development and patient counseling regarding specialized medications tailored to individual needs.

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Dr. Murray B. Stein is a professor of psychiatry and family and preventive medicine at UCSD and director of the Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders Research Program at UCSD and at the VA San Diego Healthcare System. His research interests include the neurobiology, epidemiology and treatment of anxiety disorders including social phobia, panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Dr. Mark D. Smith is president and CEO of the California HealthCare Foundation, or CHCF, an independent philanthropy committed to improving the way health care is delivered and financed in California and to helping consumers make informed health care and coverage decisions. Since CHCF's formation in 1996, Smith has led the California HealthCare Foundation in developing research and initiatives aimed at improving California's health care financing and delivery systems.

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Margo Wootan is director of nutrition policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, or CSPI, a leading consumer advocacy organization that specializes in food, nutrition and public health issues. She co-founded and coordinates the activities of the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA), a coalition of national, state and local organizations. She is a member of the National 5 A Day Partnership steering committee and co-chairs the Policy Subcommittee for the Partnership.

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Dr. Lester Breslow is a professor and dean emeritus of the UCLA School of Public Health. He has been professionally active in public health for 65 years, especially in chronic disease control and health promotion. His colleagues call him Mr. Public Health "mostly because he helped set the course for modern thinking about health and fitness," according to a Los Angeles Times profile.

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Len Nichols, a highly respected healthcare economist, is the director of the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics at George Mason University. Previously he directed the Health Policy Program at the New America Foundation, which aimed to expand health insurance coverage to all Americans while reining in costs and improving the efficiency of the overall health care system. Before joining New America, Dr.

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Kip Wiley is a policy consultant for the California State Senate's Office of Research, a bipartisan government office that develops and evaluates public-policy initiatives for the California State Senate. Wiley is responsible for researching and developing policies and advising Senate members, staff and committees on issues related to food, agriculture, natural resources, wildlife, ocean and coastal resources, air quality, groundwater contamination including contamination by MTBE and chromium VI, parks and recreation, seismic safety, transportation, and sport and commercial fishing.

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Kevin Fitzgerald is a Research Associate Professor in the Division of Biochemistry and Pharmacology of the Department of Oncology and the David Lauler Chair for Catholic Health Care Ethics. He is also a member of the Center for Clinical Bioethics, the Advisory Board for the Center for Infectious Disease (CID), and the Angiogenesis, Invasion, Metastasis Program at the Lombardi Cancer Center. He is also a Jesuit priest. He is an expert on human cloning, cloning research, ethics of cloning, and genetic testing.

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Dr. Kenneth Arrow is the Joan Kenney professor of economics and professor of operations research, emeritus; a fellow with the Center for Health Policy (CHP) and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research (PCOR) at Stanford University; and a Stanford Insitute for International Studies (SIIS) senior fellow by courtesy.

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Juliette Cubanski is a Principal Policy Analyst with the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, D.C. As an analyst on the Foundation's Medicare Policy Project since 2004, Dr. Cubanski focuses primarily on health policy issues related to Medicare, long-term care, and health coverage for low-income elderly and disabled populations.

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