NAAR Chair Named to NIH Neurology Council

Prisca Marvin Joins NINDS Advisory Board

HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson recently announced that Prisca Chen Marvin, Esq., chairperson of the NAAR Board of Trustees, is among four new appointees to the National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council, the major advisory panel of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).

The NINDS, a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) within the Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation's primary supporter of basic, translational, and clinical research on the brain and nervous system.

"We are extremely proud of Prisca's appointment to the council," said Ann Gibbons, a NAAR Trustee and chair of NAAR's Government Relations Committee. "She brings passion and a wealth of knowledge to this important forum and will become a valuable resource to NINDS in assessing the quality of scientific proposals focusing on the brain and nervous system, especially from a parental perspective."

Prisca served as past chair of NAAR's Government Relations Committee and is a 1988 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center. She received her undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A registered patent attorney with specialization in chemical patents, Prisca was an associate with firms in Wilmington, Delaware, and Washington, DC. She is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Prisca is the mother of a daughter with autism.

NINDS Director Story Landis, Ph.D., introduced the new members at the Council's September 9, 2004 meeting. The appointees will serve through July 2008.

The National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council meet three times each year to review applications from scientists seeking financial support for biomedical research and research training on disorders of the brain and nervous system. Members also advise the Institute on research program planning and priorities. The 18-member Council is composed of physicians, scientists, and representatives of the public. In addition to Prisca, new Council members include:

FRANCISCO GONZÁLEZ-SCARANO, M.D.: professor and chair of the Department of Neurology and professor in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania. He also co-directs the Penn Center for AIDS Research.

JOHN D. LOESER, M.D.: professor of Neurological Surgery and Anesthesiology at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

DAVID C. VAN ESSEN, PH.D.: head of the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology at Washington University School of Medicine as well as the Edison Professor of Neurobiology.

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