Committee Bios International Perspectives: The Future of Nonhuman Primate Resources
John L. VandeBerg (Chair) is Scientific Director of the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, where he holds the Corwin D. Denney Distinguished Scientist Chair. He also is a Professor of Cellular and Structural Biology and of Pathology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He received B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and then traveled as a Fulbright Scholar to Australia where he received B.Sc.Hons. degree from La Trobe University in Melbourne, and a Ph.D. degree from Macquarie University in Sydney. All of his degrees were in genetics. Dr. VandeBerg did his postdoctoral training in genetics with Prof. William H. Stone at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and then spent a year at Wisconsin as an Assistant Scientist jointly appointed in the Laboratory of Genetics and at the Wisconsin Regional Primate Research Center. Dr. VandeBerg moved to the Southwest Foundation in 1980, founded its Department of Genetics in 1982, and became Scientific Director in 1994.
Christian R. Abee, D.V.M., M.S. is The Charles M. Baugh Professor and Chair of the Department of Comparative Medicine at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in Mobile, Alabama. Dr. Abee is a former member of the ILAR Council and the National Center for Research
Resources (NCRR) Comparative Medicine Review Committee. He is director of the Squirrel Monkey Breeding and Research Resource (SMBRR), a research center that specializes in providing resources and conducting research using squirrel monkeys (Saimiri spp.). This center is the only NCRR/NIH supported center that specializes in Neotropical primates.
Janet C. Gonder was Vice President of the Center for Assessment of Safety and Efficacy, Baxter Healthcare Corporation. Her expertise is in laboratory animal medicine, knowledge of international activities and participation in the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC).
Hilton J. Klein, VMD, M.S., is Senior Director for Comparative Medicine, Merck Research Laboratories, and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Laboratory Animal Resources, University of Pennsylvania. His background is in laboratory animal medicine. His research interests are in laboratory animal science, particularly in the field of laboratory animal infectious disease and surgical production of animal models. He has been a consultant to the Pan American Health Organization as Merck’s representative on nonhuman primate conservation.
William R. Morton, VMD, is Director, Regional Primate Research Center, University of Washington and Director of AIDS Research at the Regional Primate Research Center. He has an extensive background in primatology. His research interests are retrovirology and has published extensively on SIV variants and vaccine development. He is a well-known primatologist and has been an officer of the Association of Primate Veterinarians.
Emilie F. Rissman, PhD, is Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, University of Virginia Medical School. Her expertise is in neurobiology and the genetics of behavior regulation by gonadal hormones.
William S. Stokes, DVM, is Associate Director for Animal and Alternative Resources, Environmental Toxicology Program, NIEHS and co-chair of the Interagency Coordinating Committee on Validation of Alternative Methods. He has an extensive background in toxicology. His research interests are toxicological methods, including development, validation, and acceptance of new animal models and improved toxicological test systems.
John G. Vandenbergh, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Zoology, North Carolina State University. His research areas are environmental
control of reproduction, the endocrine basis of behavior, and rodent and primate behavior. He was a member of the NRC committees: Committee to Revise the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, Committee on Understanding the Biology of Sex and Gender Differences, and Committee on the Cost of and Payment for Animal Research.