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Kathryn H. Jacobsen

Assistant Professor

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Expertise: Infectious Diseases, Germs, Pandemics, Public Health, Epidemiology, Global Health

Jacobsen is an assistant professor in the College of Health and Human Services’ Department of Global and Community Health. She teaches courses in epidemiology and international health, and is an expert in infectious diseases and how diseases spread. Her research seeks to better understand the health effects of economic and infrastructural development using a diverse range of epidemiologic methods, including the development of mathematical models of infectious disease transmission and field research. Jacobsen can speak about the spread of germs and about the specific risks one faces when traveling, using bathrooms, hotels, etc. She has worked with collaborators in Africa and South America designing, conducting, and analyzing program evaluations and studies of infectious disease epidemiology, and is the author of the textbook, Introduction to Global Health.

Media Contact: Michele McDonald, 703-993-8781, mmcdon15@gmu.edu

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Randall E. Keyser

Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Science, Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability

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Expertise: Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation,

Keyser came to Mason in fall 2007 from the University of Maryland where he was the director of the Rehabilitation Science Program and director of research for the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. He also has an appointment at the Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and funding from NIH to study exercise and conditioning. His works adds the final research thread to the emerging programs in rehabilitation science that are being developed in the Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability.

Media Contact: Michele McDonald, 703-993-8781, mmcdon15@gmu.edu

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Gary Kreps

University Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication

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Expertise: Health and Organizational Communication, Health Promotion, Multimedia Edutainment, Multicultural Relations, and Applied Research Methods

Kreps served as the founding chief of the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch at the National Cancer Institute where he developed national health communication research initiatives to promote cancer prevention and control. His published work includes more than 250 scholarly books and articles concerning the applications of communication knowledge in society. He can speak about public health campaigns, improving provider education and the design of consumer friendly health plans. Kreps can discuss strategies for communicating information related to infectious diseases and pandemics to the public.

Media Contact: Michele McDonald, 703-993-8781, mmcdon15@gmu.edu

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Lance A. Liotta

University Professor and Co-director, Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine

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Expertise: Health Care, Cancer, Nanotechnology, Bioengineering, Proteomics, Biomarkers

One of the first scientists to investigate the process of tumor invasion and metastasis at the molecular level, Liotta has invented technologies in the fields of diagnostics, immunoassays, microdissection, and proteomics that have been used to make broad discoveries in genomics, functional genetics, and tissue proteomics. Prior to joining George Mason University, he served as chief of the Laboratory of Pathology at the National Cancer Institute Center for Cancer Research and as deputy director for Intramural Research at the National Institutes of Health. Liotta earned a medical degree and a doctoral degree in biomedical engineering from Case Western Reserve University. His research contributions have generated 90 issued patents and more than 600 articles in peer-reviewed publications. Included among Liotta’s numerous awards for cancer research are three Public Health Service Commissioned Corps medals, the Arthur S. Fleming Award, the Warner Lambert/Parke Davis Award, the Rhoads Memorial Award, the Milken Family Foundation Award for Basic Research, the Lila Gruber Cancer Research Award, the U.S. Surgeon General’s Medallion, and the Maud L. Menten Lecture Award. In addition, he is the recipient of the National Institutes of Health Award of Merit, the Cotlove Research Award, the Ballantyne Distinguished Lectureship Research Award, and the Philip Levine Award for Outstanding Research.

Liotta and Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine Co-director Emanuel F. Petricoin III, who are internationally recognized for their pioneering research in proteomics and molecular medicine, co-founded the George Mason University Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine in 2005. They currently are exploring their recent discovery of an archive of protein fragments in the blood that are biomarker candidates for breast, ovarian, and lung cancers. Their immediate goals are to validate these potential biomarkers in clinical trials to determine their feasibility in the diagnosis of cancer prior to metastasis, and to analyze molecular pathways in diseased tissue to determine individualized and targeted treatments for patients. The team also is investigating the development and use of nanotechnology to synergize with proteomic tools for new types of biosensors, nanoparticles for biomarker discovery, and nanoelectronics. Liotta and Petricoin have more than 20 patents pending in the areas of cancer theranostics, biomarkers, and related technologies.

Media Contact: Michele McDonald, 703-993-8781, mmcdon15@gmu.edu

Alessandra Luchini

Research Assistant Professor

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Expertise: applied proteomics, molecular research

She's been named one of the brightest young minds in the United States by Popular Science magazine. Alessandra Luchini researches nanoscience, the highly complex study of nanoparticles. Her work has been called groundbreaking by television media.

The 34-year-old researcher says growing up in Italy, she never dreamed of being a scientist, though she admits she was an atypical child.

The Italian native is advancing the early detection of Lyme disease, tuberculosis and cancer.She hopes her work will pick up signs of disease, early enough to treat patients as quickly as possible.

Media Contact: Michele McDonald, 703-993-8781, mmcdon15@gmu.edu

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PJ Maddox

Professor and Chair in the Department of Health Administration and Policy

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Expertise: Health Administration and Policy, Nursing, Health Management, Workforce Planning, Health Data Systems Implementation and Policy

Maddox is a nurse with a distinguished career in health services research and hospital management. As chair of the Department of Health Administration and Policy, she can discuss the administrative aspects of dealing with infectious diseases and pandemics, and can address the national pandemic flu policy/systems response expectations. She has authored numerous textbook chapters, articles and papers on policy, technology and ethics in health management, applied health services research and health services workforce shortages. Prior to joining Mason, Maddox served as deputy director for nursing and service chief at the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health. She is a member of the Governing Council of the Metropolitan Washington Public Health Association.

Media Contact: Michele McDonald, 703-993-8781, mmcdon15@gmu.edu

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Mark Meiners

Professor of Health Administration and Policy

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Expertise: Long-term Care Financing and Delivery Systems

Mark Meiners specializes in the areas of aging and health, with an emphasis on financial issues. He is nationally recognized as one of the leading experts on financing and program development in long-term care. Among his most recent and noteworthy accomplishments is his leadership of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Medicare/Medicaid Integration Program, an initiative designed to help states develop new systems of care that better coordinate acute and long-term care. In addition, he has led the RWJF Partnership for Long-Term Care since its beginning in 1987. His ground-breaking research on long-term care insurance has significantly increased public interest in this topic and his work on Medicare/Medicaid integration has helped advance chronic care improvement strategies for all aged and disabled populations.

Media Contact: Michele McDonald, 703-993-8781, mmcdon15@gmu.edu

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Len M. Nichols

Professor and Director of the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics

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Expertise: Health Care Reform, Health Policy

Len M. Nichols, renowned health care economist and former director of the Health Policy Program at New America Foundation (NAF), a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy research institute, joined Mason’s College of Health and Human Services on March 1 as a professor and director of the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics (CHPRE).

In his position at NAF, Nichols successfully bridged the worlds of health economics and health services research among health system stakeholders and clinical leaders, elected and appointed policy officials and journalists. He founded and directed Health CEOs for Health Reform, an NAF sub-group that was pivotal in helping policy-makers see that delivery system reform and health insurance reform are necessary and feasible partners.

During his time at NAF, Nichols testified frequently before Congress and state legislators and published widely in a variety of health journals, including a commentary on the health care debate, “Be Not Afraid,” which was published Feb. 24 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Before joining NAF, Nichols served as vice president of the Center for Studying Health System Change, principal research associate at the Urban Institute, senior advisor for health policy at the Office of Management and Budget during the Clinton administration and chair of the Economics Department at Wellesley College.

Media Contact: Michele McDonald, 703-993-8781, mmcdon15@gmu.edu

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Lisa R. Pawloski

Associate Professor and Chair, Dept. of Global and Community Health

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Expertise: Nutrition, Obesity, Childhood Obesity, Adolescent Obesity

Pawloski is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Global and Community Health in the College of Health and Human Services. She studied biology and chemistry at Texas A&M, and received a master’s degree in anthropology from Indiana University. In 1999, she received the Ph.D. in nutritional anthropology from Indiana University. As a Fulbright Scholar in 1997, she conducted a study examining the nutritional status, growth, and development of adolescent girls from the Segou Region in Mali, West Africa. She has since conducted research concerning biocultural aspects of health and nutrition among Malian adolescent immigrants living in Paris, France, nutritional behaviors and growth among Nicaraguan adolescent girls, and obesity and growth issues among Thai adolescents. In 2005, Pawloski received a second Fulbright to continue her study of nutrition and dietary behaviors among adolescents in suburban Bangkok, Thailand. With a grant from the University of the District of Columbia, she recently completed a project which examines the nutritional status, behavior, and knowledge of 4th and 5th grade students from two Washington, DC, schools. Pawloski has presented her research findings nationally and internationally and has published several manuscripts related to nutrition and growth and development in peer reviewed journals. She coordinates the Nutrition Certificate Program, the Nutrition Minor, and the Masters of Health Science Concentration in International Health in the College of Health and Human Services, and is also an Associate Faculty Member in the Center for Global Studies.

Watch Lisa Pawloski present "The Nutrition Transition—Is Obesity becoming a Global Crisis?"

Media Contact: Michele McDonald, 703-993-8781, mmcdon15@gmu.edu

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Emanuel "Chip" Petricoin III

University Professor and Co-director, Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine

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Expertise: Health Care, Cancer, Nanotechnology, Proteomics, Biomarkers

A renowned proteomics and cell signaling expert, Petricoin came to George Mason University from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, where he served as a senior investigator. His expertise also includes drug and biologic effects on signal transduction and kinase-driven cascades, diagnostic platform development, pathogenic microbiology, and artificial intelligence-based bioinformatics tools.

Petricoin holds a doctorate in microbiology from the University of Maryland at College Park. He serves on numerous editorial boards, has co-written more than 170 articles for peer-reviewed publications, and is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Petricoin and Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine Co-director Lance A. Liotta, who are internationally recognized for their pioneering research in proteomics and molecular medicine, co-founded the George Mason University Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine in 2005. They currently are exploring their recent discovery of an archive of protein fragments in the blood that are biomarker candidates for breast, ovarian, and lung cancers. Their immediate goals are to validate these potential biomarkers in clinical trials to determine their feasibility in the diagnosis of cancer prior to metastasis, and to analyze molecular pathways in diseased tissue to determine individualized and targeted treatments for patients. The team also is investigating the development and use of nanotechnology to synergize with proteomic tools for new types of biosensors, nanoparticles for biomarker discovery, and nanoelectronics. Liotta and Petricoin have more than 20 patents pending in the areas of cancer theranostics, biomarkers, and related technologies.

Media Contact: Michele McDonald, 703-993-8781, mmcdon15@gmu.edu