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Release: July 14, 2000

UI professor holds D.C. press conference as new president of FASEB

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Mary J.C. Hendrix, Ph.D., University of Iowa professor and head of anatomy and cell biology, and deputy director of the UI Cancer Center, held a press briefing in Washington, D.C. July 12 to outline her 2000-2001 agenda as president of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB).

FASEB is the largest coalition of biomedical research associations in the United States. It is made up of 21 societies with more than 60,000 members. It was founded in 1912 to represent the views of its members, particularly in the arena of science policy, and Hendrix is ready to carry that mission forward.

"FASEB's most important goal is to influence policy development in areas that will directly advance biomedical and life science researchers, while addressing public health needs and promoting quality life through research," Hendrix said.

Hendrix went on to say that she planned to work actively to expand funding for all fields of science. Each year FASEB members develop funding recommendations for federal agencies that support biomedical or life sciences research. This year, FASEB will include recommendations for the Department of Defense (DOD), at Hendrix's invitation.

"By focusing on new scientific partnerships developing between DOD, academia and patient advocacy groups, we can leverage the research discoveries for additional coalition support," Hendrix said.

Hendrix is also eager to develop FASEB policy positions on emerging issues confronting the scientific community such as protection of human subjects in biomedical research, conflict of interest, intellectual property, and genetically modified foods.

In addition, Hendrix is determined to increase and improve FASEB's public outreach efforts. "It is extremely important that we find new ways to communicate with the public about our work and our scientific discoveries," Hendrix said. "Public funds support much of the scientific research conducted by our members and the public benefits from that research. It is important that we communicate that connection to the public."


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