Richard Whitley, MD, FIDSA, has been named to serve on the H1N1 working group of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), which is providing recommendations to President Barack Obama on federal activities needed to respond to H1N1, including infection data collection, vaccine production, drug stockpile, preparedness plans, and other public-health concerns. Dr. Whitley is director of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), co-director of UAB’s Center for Emerging Infections and Emergency Preparedness, and vice chair of UAB’s Department of Pediatrics. A UAB professor of pediatrics, microbiology, medicine, and neurosurgery, he also serves on the Advisory Council for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Dr. Whitley is president-elect of IDSA.
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