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Dr. Michael A. Rodríguez is a Professor of Family Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA and Director of the UCLA/Drew Center of Excellence Summer Research Program.. An advocate for the underserved, Dr. Rodriguez has significant expertise in the principles of community based participatory research and the development of initiatives focused on improving the health and health care of individuals, families and communities.

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Dr. Lewis L. Judd is chair of the psychiatry department at the UCSD School of Medicine. Judd, the director of the National Institute of Mental Health from 1987 to 1990, is internationally known for his pioneering work in the biological causes of mental illness, the development of effective drugs to treat diseases such as depression, anxiety disorders and schizophrenia, and the advocacy of equitable treatment and insurance reimbursement for mental health patients.

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Dr. Kelly Acton is director of the Indian Health Service Diabetes Program. She has worked in the Indian Health Service for more than 20 years. In 1981, Dr. Acton earned her M.D. degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and in 1996, her M.P.H. from the University of Washington. She is board-certified in internal medicine and a fellow of the American College of Physicians. She has worked on the Crow and Flathead Indian reservations in Montana and the Cherokee Indian Reservation in North Carolina.

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Keith Alley is the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at UC Merced. Previously, he served as vice chancellor of research, the lead campus research officer, and was responsible for the development and support of research opportunities, initiatives and partnerships. In his dual position as dean of graduate studies, he also oversaw graduate degree programs and all issues related to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

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Dr. Jeffrey Harris is a professor of surgery and chief of the division of otolaryngology/head and neck surgery at the UCSD School of Medicine. Harris is a neuro-otologic surgeon who deals with disorders of the ear, hearing and balance, and tumors that affect the skull base. He is also an expert in otosclerosis and the surgery to correct it. Since 1987, Harris has led the UCSD division of otolaryngology/head and neck surgery, which is among the top group of NIH-funded programs for this specialty and has been listed as one of the best otolaryngology programs in the country by U.S.

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Dr. Foster's research interests include the behavioral and metabolic aspects of obesity. He studies a variety of treatment approaches including behavior therapy, pharmacotherapy, and surgery. His currently funded NIH research studies include the effects of weight loss on sleep apnea, the safety and efficacy of low- and high-carbohydrate diets, and the prevention of obesity and diabetes in school settings.

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