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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
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
"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 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
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."
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care,
medical education and research programs and services they provide.