BWF - CHIP Steering Committee

Dr. Roger Detels

Dr. Detels is currently Professor and former Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the UCLA School of Public Health, and has been a faculty member of the Department of Epidemiology since 1971. Since 1984, Dr. Detels has been the Principal Investigator of the Los Angeles Center of the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study, one of the largest natural history studies of HIV/AIDS in the world. In addition, he serves as the Program Director of the National Institutes of Health UCLA/Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research Program and the Interdisciplinary Training in HIV/AIDS Epidemiology Program.

Dr. Gail Harrison

Dr. Harrison is a Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the UCLA School of Public Health. She also serves as Associate Director of the Program for Healthy and At-Risk Populations in the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, UCLA/Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her research focuses on determinants, measurement, and functional consequences of nutrition, malnutrition, and food security, both in the U.S. and internationally. She has been a member of the Food and Nutrition Board (FNB) of the National Academy of Sciences/Institute of Medicine and several FNB committees, including the Committee on International Nutrition, the Committee to Review the Risk Criteria for the WIC Program, and the Committee on Implications of Dioxin in the Food Supply, and the Committee to Revise the WIC Food Packages. She has consulted with the World Health Organization and UNICEF, and has worked in Egypt, the Sudan, Iran, Indonesia, and Lesotho besides the U.S.

Dr. Kenneth Lange

Dr. Lange is Professor and Chair of Human Genetics and Professor of Biomathematics at the UCLA School of Medicine. At various times during his career, he has held appointments at the University of New Hampshire, MIT, Harvard University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Helsinki. His research interests include human genetics, population biology, biomedical imaging, computational statistics, and applied stochastic processes. In human genetics, he has continued work on problems of linkage mapping, risk prediction in genetic counseling, genetic epidemiology, and forensic uses of DNA fingerprinting; in the past few years, he has also studied quantitative issues surrounding gene mapping strategies such as radiation hybrids, sperm typing, and haplotype mapping.

Dr. Jake Lusis

After completing his Ph.D. in Biophysics, Dr. Lusis joined the faculty of UCLA as Professor of Medicine, Microbiology, and Molecular Genetics bringing with him a thorough interest in applying the tools of mouse genetics to cardiovascular diseases and other complex traits. His recent work has focused on approaches that integrate genetic segregation, complex trait phenotypes, and whole genome expression array analyses. Using such combined data, his research group has modeled biologic networks and made predictions about the involvement of novel genes in cardiovascular diseases.

 Dr. Marie-Francoise Chesselet

Marie-Françoise Chesselet, M.D., Ph.D., is the Charles H. Markham Professor of Neurology and distinguished Professor in the Department of Neurology and the Department of Neurobiology at UCLA. After receiving her M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in Paris, France, she held research positions in France and faculty positions at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania, before joining UCLA in 1996. At UCLA, Chesselet chaired the Department of Neurobiology from 2002 to 2013 and is currently the Director of the Integrative Center for Neural Repair, which includes the Center for the Study of Parkinson’s Disease at UCLA she created in 1998. She has directed the NIH-funded UCLA UDALL Center for Parkinson’s disease research (NINDS; 1998-2013) and UCLA Center for Gene Environment in Parkinson’s Disease (NIEHS; 2002-2014), and the UCLA Advanced Center for Parkinson’s Disease Research of the American Parkinson Disease Association since 1998. Chesselet has directed graduate programs at the University of Pennsylvania and UCLA and has directed the NINDS-funded Training Program in Neural Repair since 1998. Her laboratory conducts research on the molecular mechanisms of disorders of the basal ganglia and new treatments for Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases. Her work is supported by the NIH, the Department of Defense, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, CIRM, and biopharmaceutical companies. Chesselet is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Chair-elect of its section on Neuroscience. She serves on the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council (NIEHS Council).

Dr. Anne Pebley

Dr. Pebley's research has focused on fertility and marriage patterns, children's health and welfare, and family organization in the United States and in other countries. She has collaborated with researchers and institutions in Central America, West, Central, and East Africa, and Bangladesh and India. Currently, most of her research is based on the Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey (L.A.FANS) which she co-directs with Narayan Sastry (University of Michigan).

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