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University of Iowa News Release

April 28, 2004

Helms Takes On Two Leadership Appointments

University of Iowa Health Care physician Charles M. Helms, M.D., Ph.D., took office as the 155th president of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) at an inauguration ceremony held April 18 at the IMS Annual Meeting in Des Moines. In a separate earlier appointment, effective March 31, Helms was appointed chair of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee.

Helms is a professor of internal medicine in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and chief of staff at UI Hospitals and Clinics. He also serves as medical director of the Office of Clinical Outcomes and Resource Management at UI Hospitals and Clinics. Helms served in the U.S. Public Health Service at the Laboratory of Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., before joining the UI medical faculty in 1976. From 1985 to 1986 he was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow and served on the Majority Health Staff of the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources.

The Iowa Medical Society is the professional association representing Iowa medical doctors and osteopathic doctors. The core purpose of the IMS is to assure the highest quality of health care in Iowa through its members' roles as physicians and patient advocates. Helms succeeds Thomas Evans, M.D., of Des Moines.

The National Vaccine Advisory Committee makes recommendations to the Assistant Secretary for Health of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) through the DHHS National Vaccine Program Office. The committee provides guidance on how to help ensure adequate supplies of safe and effective vaccination products nationwide. The committee also recommends research priorities and other measures related to the safety and efficacy of vaccines.

The members of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee are selected in consultation with the National Academy of Sciences. Helms is serving his second four-year term on the committee and previously served four years on the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices based in the Centers for Disease Control.

For more information on Helms' background, see the following news release:

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