Names in the News.
*The American Association of Tissue Banks has announced the new officers and board members for 2005-2006. They include: President-Elect - Francis J. Hornicek, Jr., MD, PhD, Bone Bank at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston; Secretary - Margery Moogk, Northwest Tissue Center, Seattle, WA; Treasurer - Michael Jeffries, Osteotech, Inc., Eatontown, NJ; At Large Members of the Board - Perry Lange, LifeNet, Virginia Beach, VA; and Diane Wilson, RN, Community Tissue Services, Dayton, OH. Members continuing on the board include: James Forsell, PhD, Tissue Banks International, San Rafael, CA; Immediate Past President - Duke Kasprisin, MD, American Red Cross Tissue Services, Burlington, VT; Council of Accredited Tissue Banks - Joel Osborne, Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, Edison, NJ, and Thomas Cycyota, AlloSource, Englewood, CO; Tissue Bank - John Lee, DCI Donor Services, Nashville, TN; Reproductive - Charles Sims, MD, California CryoBank, Inc., Los Angeles, CA; Skin - Kenneth Blair, RN, Community Tissue Services, Dayton, OH; Musculoskeletal - Simon Bogdansky, PhD, Allosource, Inc., Englewood, CO; and Member at Large - Bud Brame, LifeNet, Virginia Beach, VA.
*Douglas Throckmorton, MD, has been named Deputy Director of the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). Throckmorton had been serving as acting deputy director since May 2004.
*Rear Admiral Linda Tollefson has been appointed FDA's Assistant Commissioner of Science. Previously, RADM Tollefson had been serving as deputy director of the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM). In her new position she will also serve as Coordinator for Commissioned Corps Affair for FDA and direct the agency's Offices of Women's Health and Orphan Products Development.
*Beverly Bliss has been named vice president of Regeneration Technologies, Inc. (RTI) Donor Services in Alachua, FL. Bliss joined RTI in February 2005. Previously, she has served as chief operations officer of the American Red Cross Transplantation Services in Washington, DC.
*Ernest McCulloch and James Till of the Ontario Cancer Institute and the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, Canada, have received the prestigious Lasker Prize for Basic Medical Research for discovering the existence of stem cells in the early 1960s in experiments with mice and bone marrow. The two have been called the "fathers of the stem cell field." The $50,000 prizes are awarded annually by the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation.