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Merrill Goozner has been director of the Integrity in Science Project at the Center for Science in the Public Interest since December 2003. The Project investigates and publicizes conflicts of interest in industry-sponsored science and maintains a database that journalists can consult to identify possible conflicts. Mr. Goozner taught journalism at New York University immediately before joining the Center. Before that.

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Matthew Holt has spent more than 15 years in health care as a researcher, forecaster, and strategist. He has conducted in-depth studies about many aspects of health care for public release and private clients. He publishes his analysis and opinions about health care online daily in The Health Care Blog (http://www.thehealthcareblog.com). Mr. Holt started his health care career conducting international health policy research at Stanford's Asia Pacific Research Center.

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Kristen Testa is director of the California Health Program for The Children's Partnership, a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that undertakes research, analysis, and advocacy to place the needs of America's nearly 70 million children and youth -- particularly the underserved -- at the forefront of emerging policy debates. Before joining The Children's Partnership, she served as the assistant secretary for program and fiscal affairs for the California Health and Human Services Agency, where she oversaw the policy and budget issues for the Healthy Families and Medi-Cal programs.

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John Golenski is executive director of the George Mark Children's House, a children's respite and end-of-life care facility in San Leandro, Calif., for children with life-limiting or terminal illnesses. All care is informed by the principles of palliative care. Additional support services are available to all family members, and services are provided regardless of a family's ability to pay. Golenski joined the George Mark Children's House after a long career in clinical services, health care ethics and health policy. From 1978 to 1979, he was executive director of the Shanti Project.

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James S. Marks, M.D., M.P.H., senior vice president, directs all program and administrative activities of the RWJF Health Group. This includes the Foundation's work in childhood obesity, public health and vulnerable populations. Prior to joining RWJF in December 2004, Marks retired as assistant surgeon general after serving as director of the Centers for Disease Control's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion for almost a decade.

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Dr. Francesca M. Gany is the founder and director of the Center for Immigrant Health, a network of more than 1,000 community members, social scientists, health care and public health professionals. Gany, a faculty member of the New York University School of Medicine, has extensive background in immigrant health research and policy development. She teaches primary care and immigrant health, along with health policy and medical economics.

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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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Cancer is the leading cause of death for Asian Americans, though heart disease is the leading cause of death for Americans in general. Asian Americans also have a disproportionately high incidence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hepatitis B, HIV/AIDS, liver disease, and tuberculosis. They are more likely to smoke, a risk factor for numerous diseases. Despite these factors, Asian American women have the longest life expectancy (85.8 years) of any ethnic group in the United States. Many Asian Americans face language and cultural barriers to obtaining health care.

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