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Chiledum A. Ahaghotu, M.D.
Associate Professor of Surgery, Department of Medicine
Specialty: Surgery/Urology
Board Certifications: American Board of Urology.
Residency: Urology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA completed 1998.
Academic Degrees: M.D., 1989, University of Nigeria, B.S., 1983, Howard University
Contact Information: (202) 865-7720, cahaghotu@howard.edu
Research Interests: Prostate Cancer (natural history, pathogenesis, genetics) Targeted cryoablation of Prostate (efficacy, focal therapy, quality of life).
Honors & Awards: Dean’s List, Howard University, 1982-83

  • Merit Graduate, University of Nigeria College of Medicine. 1989
  • Chairman’s Award of Excellence, Department of Surgery, Howard University. 1993
  • American Cancer Society Oncology Fellowship Award, 1995-96
  • American Cancer Society Recognition for Community Service, 2001
  • Howard University College of Medicine Outstanding Faculty Research Award, 2003

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Hassan Ashktorab, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Medicine, Cancer center, adjunct graduate professor of Human Genetics.
Academic Degrees: Ph.D., Molecular Biology, Utah State University (1988), M.S., Biology, Utah State University (1987), B.S., Molecular Biology, Shiraz University, Iran (1982).
Contact Information:(202) 806-6121(O), hashktorab@howard.edu.
Research Interests: Gastrointestinal genetic, epigenetic and epidemiology including population based, translational and clinical research .
Honors & Awards:

  • Board of GUT
  • Fulbright scholarship
  • WHO Award
  • AACR Award
  • 2004-2005: Fulbright scholarship
  • 2009, 2010: AACR-HBCU Award
  • 2005-2010: Journal of GUT Editorial board member
  • 2009-present: Digestive Disease and Sciences Editorial board
  • 2010-present: Govaresh J. Editorial board
  • 2010-present: PLoS One Editorial board
  • 2011: Outstanding Faculty Researcher Award, Howard University
  • 2011: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor medical Society

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Oladapo Bakare, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry.
Academic Degrees: Ph.D. (1995) The University of Hong Kong, M.Sc. (1986) University of Ibadan, Nigeria, B.Sc. (1984) University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
Contact Information: Phone: (202) 806-6888; email: obakare@howard.edu.
Research Interests: Design and synthesis of small organic molecule as androgen receptor and MAPkinase inhibitors for studies in prostate cancer cell lines.
Honors & Awards: Professor of the Year Award (2005 & 2006), H.U. ACS Students’ Chapter
Lab Affiliations: Organic/Medicinal Chemistry Research Laboratory.
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Vernon Bond, Jr., EdD
Professor of Exercise Physiology College of Arts & Sciences, College of Medicine .


George E. Bonney, Ph.D.
Professor, National Human Genome Center.
Academic Degrees: Ph.D., 1981, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, M.S., 1976, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana, B.S., 1973 (Hons), University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana.
Contact Information:
(202) 806-4750, ge_bonney@howard.edu.
Research Interests: Genetics, Epidemiology, Statistical Analysis, Mapping of the Human Chromosomes, Breast Cancer.
Honors & Awards:

  • 2000-Present Board of Scientific Counselors, National Toxicology Program, NIEHS
  • 1996-1998 Cancer Centers Review Standing Committee, National Cancer Institute.
  • 1996-1998 Board of Directors, National Human Genome Research Institute.
  • 1995-2002 Advisory Board for Genetic Epidemiology, The Official Publication of the International Genetic Epidemiology Society.
  • 1995-1997 Board of Directors, American Statistical Association.
  • 1994-1996 Biostatistics and Epidemiology Contracts Review Board of the National Institutes of Health.
  • 1989-1990 National Human Genome Centers Review Committee, National Institutes of Health.
  • 1988 The Tenth Annual George W. Sender Award for the best published work in biometry in any journal, sponsored jointly by the American Statistical Association and the Biometrics Societies of North America. The papers were: Regressive logistic models for familial disease and other binary traits. Biometrics 42:6 1 1-625, 1986; and Logistic regression of dependent observations. Biometrics 43:951-973, 1987.
  • 1987-1989 Chairman of the Research Committee, DC. Cancer Consortium.
  • 1989 Full membership of the Graduate Faculty of Howard University.
  • 1986 Vice President, Louisiana Chapter of the American Statistical Association.
  • 1985 Full membership of the Graduate Faculty of the Louisiana State University System.
  • 1978-1981 Population Dynamics Fellow
  • 1977 Ghana Ministry of Health Travel Award to Washington, DC to read a paper at the Second International Congress in Twin Genetics.
  • 1976 Volta Aluminum Company (a subsidiary of Kaiser), Travel Award to present a paper at the International Congress in Human Genetics, Debrecen, Hungary.
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Theodore A. Bremner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Biology.
Academic Degrees: Ph.D. (1972) Howard University, M.S. (1970) Howard University, B.S. (1968) Howard University.
Contact Information: Department of Biology, 415 College Street, (202) 806-6957.
Research Interests: Molecular imaging.
Lab Affiliations: Molecular Imaging Grant (Breast Cancer).
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Hassan Brim
Assistant Professor of Pathology, Department of Medicine/Microbiology.
Academic Degrees: Ph.D., 1997 Free University of Brussels, Belgium.
Contact Information: 202-806-4198 (office) / 806-7025 (lab) / hbrim@howard.edu.
Research Interests: Genetics, epigenetics and environmental factors in African American colon cancer.
Lab Affiliations: Dr. H. Ashktorab
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Carolyn Whitfield Broome, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Academic Degrees: Ph.D. George Washington University (1969), M.S. University of Chicago (1965), A.B. Wellesley College (1963).
Contact Information: 202-806-5039/ 865-5545, carolynbroome@aol.com.
Research Interests: Genetics and gene expression of breast cancer in African-Americans.
Honors & Awards:

  • Member, HHS Commission on Research Integrity
  • Howard University Board of Trustees
  • Board of Scientific Counselors
  • Minority Women in Science Award
  • University of Chicago Graduate Fellowship
  • USPHS pre-doctoral fellow
  • Wellcome Foundation postdoctoral fellow
  • American Cancer Society Postdoctoral fellow
  • American Heart Association established investigator

Lab Affiliations: Gene Expression/Biochemistry
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Weidong Chen, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate, National Human Genome Research Center.
Academic Degrees: M.D. China Medical University (1982).
Contact Information: wchen@genomecenter.howard.edu/ 202-806-9618
Research Interests: Molecular genetics in cancer.
Honors & Awards:

  • Outstanding Medical Researcher, Platelet and Molecular Biology, American Red Cross (1998-1999)
  • Excellent Volunteer, Platelet and Molecular Biology American Red Cross (1997-1998)
  • Excellent researcher and teacher, Liaoning College of Traditional Medicine, China (1987-1988)

Lab Affiliations: National Human Genome Center
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Agnes A. Day, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chairman, Department of Microbiology.
Academic Degrees: Ph.D., Howard University 1984, B.S., Bethune Cookman College 1974
Contact Information: 202- 806-7578, aday@howard.edu.
Research Interests: Breast cancer metastasis differential gene expression between African American and Caucasian women with breast cancer.

Honors & Awards:

  • American Association for Cancer Research HBCU Faculty scholar Travel Award, Joint American and Japanese Association for Cancer Research, Waikoloa, Hawaii, January 25-30, 2004.
  • Invited Platform Speaker, “Heritable and acquired Skin Diseases” Pathology Section, National Medical Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, August 2004.
  • Invited Panelist, “Closer to Truth” Syndicated Television Series. Aired on WHUT and PBS, Summer and Fall, 2003. Topic “Microbes – Friends or Foes?”
  • Invited Member, Committee on Microbiological Issues that Impact Minorities, American Society for Microbiology, Spring, 2003 to present.
  • American Association for Cancer Research, HBCU Faculty Scholar Travel Award, participate in the “Metalloproteases, Extracellular Matrix and Cancer” Symposium and workshops, Hilton Head, SC. October 9-11, 2002.
  • American Association for Cancer Research, “Molecular Targets for Cancer Therapeutics” Symposium and Workshop, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, March 17-21, 2003.
  • Keynote Speaker, National Association of Minority Medical Educators, Annual Awards Breakfast, Crystal City, VA. Sept 16, 2000.
  • Outstanding Faculty Research Award, HU College of Medicine, 1995
  • Marquis Whos’ Who in Science and Engineering, 1994-95
  • Sponsor, American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, High School Teacher Fellow, 1994
  • Kaiser-Permanente Outstanding Teacher Award, Howard University College of Medicine, 1993
  • Ernest E. Just Outstanding Junior Researcher Award,
  • Sigma Xi National Scientific Research Society, Howard University Chapter, 1992

Lab Affiliations: HUCC Laboratory of Molecular Metastasis
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Robert L. DeWitty, Jr., M.D.
Associate Professor of Surgery/Director of the Breast Center, Department of Surgery.
Specialty: General Surgery/Surgical Oncology.
Board Certifications : American Board of Surgery.
Residency: Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC.
Academic Degrees: M.D., 1972, Howard University, B.A., 1968, Dillard University.
Contact Information: (202) 865-1448, rdewitty@howard.edu.
Research Interests: Genetic markers in breast cancer; breast cancer and breast health
Honors & Awards: President, DC Division of the American Society.

  • Member, Commission on Cancer Approval’s Committee, American College of Surgeons
  • Member, Society of American Gastroendoscopic Surgeons
  • Legislative Representation, SAGES, Washington, DC 1994
  • Clinical Fellowship Committee, American Cancer Society, 1981–1987
  • Chairman, Harry B. Zehner, Jr. Memorial Traveling Fellowship Award Committee
  • Honorary Chairman, National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer (NBLIC), First Annual Commemorative Event
  • Vice Chairman, Mid Atlantic Region of NBLIC

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Georgia M. Dunston, Ph.D.
Professor of Microbiology/Director of Molecular Genetics, National Human Genome Center,Department of Microbiology.
Academic Degrees: Ph.D., Human Genetics, University of Michigan, 1972, M.S., Biology, Tuskegee University, 1967, B.S., Biology, Norfolk State University, 1965.
Contact Information: (202) 806-7372; (202) 986-3972 Fax, gdunston@howard.edu.
Research Interests: Human genome polymorphisms in health and disease; Characterizing DNA sequence variation and its interaction with the environment in the causality, treatment, and prevention of diseases common in African Americans and other populations of African ancestry.
Honors & Awards:

  • 2005 Research Achievement Award, Howard University
  • RCMI Program 20th Anniversary,
  • 2005 Science Spectrum Trailblazers Top Minorities in Science,
  • 2006 Outstanding Leadership and Research into “The Human Genome”, Central Florida Chapter, International Black Women’s Congress Red Dress Conference

Lab Affiliations: Molecular Genetics, National Human Genome Center; Clinical Histocompatibility and Human Immunogenetics, HUH.
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Marie N. Fidelia-Lambert, M.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology
Specialty: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology
Board Certifications: Diplomat of the American Board of Pathology (Anatomic and Clinical Pathology)
Residency:

  • 1997-1998: Resident (PGY 5) Anatomic Pathology, Department of Pathology, George Washington University, Washington, DC.
  • 1995-1997: Biotechnology Fellow, National Cancer Institute, Laboratory of Pathology, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.
  • 1991-1995: Resident (PGY 1 to 4), Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Department of Pathology, Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC.

Academic Degrees: M.D. Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, State University of Haiti, Port Au Prince, Haiti (1983), Medical Laboratory Specialist, US Army (1986)
Contact Information: 202-806-9824 (Phone); 202-806-7022 (Fax); mfidelia-lambert@howard.edu
Research Interests: Genitourinary Pathology and Autopsy Pathology
Honors & Awards:

  • 2005: Kaiser-Permanente Award for Teaching, College of Medicine, Howard University
  • 2005: Outstanding Contributions as Chair, HUH Health Information Management Committee
  • 2004: Resident/Faculty Scientific Research Competition Winner

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Wayne Alix Ian Frederick, M.D
Interim Director, Cancer Center/Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
Specialty: Surgical Oncology
Board Certifications: American Board of Surgery
Residency: Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC.
Academic Degrees: M.D., Howard University College of Medicine (1994), B.S., Howard University, (1992)
Contact Information: (202) 865-6237,HUPresident@howard.edu
Research Interests: Gastrointestinal and breast cancers. The role of sphingosine kinase in the development of colorectal hepatic metastasis. Pre-menopausal breast cancer.
Honors & Awards:

  • Student Health Services Award for Excellence as an Extern, 1992-1994
  • Howard University Hospital House Staff of the Year, 1994-1995
  • Howard University Hospital Resident Research Forum Award, 1995
  • District of Columbia General Hospital Department of Surgery, Resident of the Year, 1996-1997
  • National Medical Association Surgical Section Resident Competition First Prize, 1998
  • Howard University Hospital House Staff of the Year, 1998-1999
  • Outstanding Resident of the Year Awarded by the Howard University College of Medicine Graduating Class of 1999
  • Chairman’s Award Chief Resident of the Year, 1998-1999
  • Certificate of Outstanding Achievement in Medicine, Awarded by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, 2000
  • Best Faculty Teacher Awarded by Medical Students in Surgery, John Dempsey Hospital, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, 2003-2004
  • Best Faculty Teacher Awarded by UConn’s Integrated General Surgery Residency Program, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, 2003-2004
  • Best Faculty Teacher Awarded by Medical Students in Surgery, John Dempsey Hospital, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, 2004-2005
  • Best Faculty Teacher Awarded by UConn’s Integrated General Surgery Residency Program, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, 2004-2005

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Paulette Furbert-Harris, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology.
Academic Degrees: Ph.D. Howard University (1986) Microbiology/Immunology, M.S. Howard University (1978) Botany, B.S. Howard University (1974)Zoology.
Contact Information: 202-806-7722 / pfurbert-harris@ howard.edu
Research Interests: Cellular and Molecular Immunology, Tumor Immunology Cytokines, Immunotherapeutics.
Honors & Awards: Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Teaching (1991)

  • AACR/HBCU Faculty Award in Cancer Research (1998, 2000)
  • nvitee Guest Editor, Cell and Molecular Biology (2004)
  • Science Award, Guest Speaker (2005)

Lab Affiliations: National Human Genome Center.
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Melvin W. Gaskins, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Specialty: Medical Oncology
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine
Residency: Howard University Hospital, Washington, D.C.
Academic Degrees: M.D., Howard University College of Medicine, 1987 , B.S., Bowie, State University, 1981
Contact Information: (202) 806-7610
Research Interests: Breast Cancer
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Matthew George, Jr., Ph.D.
Associate Professor/ Chairman, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Academic Degrees: Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley (1982), M.S. Atlanta University (1974), B.S. Wiley College (1971)
Contact Information: 202-806-5430/ mgeorge@howard.edu.
Research Interests: Regulation of Gene Expression; Cell cycle kinetics; breast cancer; mitochondrial gene interactions; molecular evolution (comparative biochemistry).
Honors & Awards: Smithsonian Science in American Life Exhibit.
Lab Affiliations: Molecular Metastasis.
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Xinbin Gu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Oral Diagnosis Services.
Academic Degrees: Ph.D. in Biochemistry, 1995, Medical College of VA, M.S. in Biochemistry, 1992, Medical College of VA, M.D., 1980, Chinese Medical College of Jiangxi.
Contact Information: xgu@howard.edu; (202) 806-0345
Research Interests: Cancer Prevention (biomarkers for early diagnosis and Chemo-preventive agents)
Honors & Awards: AACR-HBCU Faculty Award in Cancer Research 2003 and 2004.
Lab Affiliations: Molecular Biology in Oral Cancer
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Russell R. Hill, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Specialty: Gynecology Oncology
Board Certifications: Gynecology
Residency: Howard University Hospital, Washington, D.C.
Academic Degrees: M.D., University of Minnesota, 1978, B.S., Southern University, 1973
Contact Information: Howard University Cancer Center, rhill@howard.edu
Research Interests: Cervical Cancer


Karen Hill-Williams, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology.
Academic Degrees: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Ph.D., 2002, Pharmacology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, M.S., 1999, Pharmacology, West Virginia University, M.S., 1997, Pharmacology, University of Maryland, B.S., 1994, Biology.
Contact Information: Suite 3216, Adams Building, Lab: 806-6318, Office: 806-5650, kmwilliams@howard.edu.
Research Interests: Cancer Pharmacology, Prostate Cancer and Signal Transduction
Honors & Awards: Who’s Who Among Colleges and Universities, 1996, American Society of Cell Biology MAC Travel Award, 2000.
Post-Doctoral Training:

  • National Research Service Award (NRSA) 2002, Association of Public Health Laboratories
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Emerging and Infectious Diseases Fellowship, 2003-2005.
  • American Association for Cancer Research Minority Serving Institute, Faculty Scholar Award, 2007.

Lab Affiliations: Pharmacology
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Sara Horton, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Specialty: Medical Oncology
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology
Residency: Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati, OH
Fellowships: Hematology/Oncology, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown Univeristy
Academic Degrees: M.D., Wright State University, 1992, B.A.in Biology, Northwestern University, 1987
Contact Information:s_horton@howard.edu, 202-806-7610
Research Interests: Breast Cancer

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Tamaro Hudson, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor/Clinical Translational Investigator, Department of Medicine
Academic Degrees: M.P.H. George Washington University (2003), Ph.D. The Ohio State University (2002), M.S. The Ohio State University (1997), B.S. Iowa State University (1994)
Contact Information:t_hudson@howard.edu, 202-865-4674
Research Interests: The Utilization of multi-agent approach to evaluate the biological and mechanisms of action of these agents in pre-clinical cancer models.
Honors & Awards:

  • Awarded the American Association of Cancer Research Scholar in Training, Award for Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research conference. ( October 2006)
  • Federal Technology Transfer (September 2006)
  • NIH Merit Group Award (June 2006)
  • National Cancer Institute Cancer Prevention Fellowship (June 2002).
  • Minority National Cancer Institute Supplemental Grant (1999)

Lab Affiliations: Biomedical Nuclear Molecular Radiology Laboratory.
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Yasmine Kanaan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology
Academic Degrees: Ph.D., 2001, Howard University, M.S., 1991, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia, B.S., 1984, King Abdul Aziz University, Saudi Arabia
Contact Information: (202) 806-9540, ymkanaan@howard.edu
Research Interests: Breast cancer and Anticancer Drug Discovery
Lab Affiliations: Genetics, Prostate, Breast cancer, anti-cancer drug discovery
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Bernard Kwabi-Addo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine.
Academic Degrees: Ph.D. University of London, UK (1997), MSc. University of London, UK (1992), BSc. University of Dundee, UK (1991)
Contact Information:bkwabi-addo@howard.edu, (202) 806-9149 / Fax: (202) 667-1686
Research Interests: Receptor tyrosine kinase signaling; epigenetics, prostate cancer, Cancer etiology, cancer prevention, molecular biology, biochemistry
Honors & Awards: AACR Minority Scholar Award, DOD New Investigator Award
Lab Affiliations: Translational Research
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Book Author
"Cancer Causes and Controversies- Understanding Risk Reduction and Prevention"


Edward L. Lee, M.D.
Professor, Department of Pathology
Board Certification: American Board of Pathology
Residency: Columbia University Harlem Hospital, New York, NY
Academic Degrees: M.D., Howard University School of Medicine, 1967, B.A., Lincoln University, Pennsylvania
Contact Information: (202) 806-6306, ellee@howard.edu
Research Interests: Gastrointestinal Pathology
Honors & Awards:

  • Vernie A. Stembrige, MD, Pathology Resident Teaching Award – 2003, Department of Pathology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
  • Outstanding Teacher – 2001, Gastrointestinal Fellows, Gastroenterology – Department of Internal Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
  • Outstanding Teacher – 2000, Pathology Senior Residents, Department of Pathology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
  • Outstanding Teacher – 1989, Gastroinestinal Fellows, Gastroenterology – Department of Internal Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
  • Best Doctors in America: Central Region (GI Pathology) – 1996, 1998, 1999

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LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., M.D.
Charles R. Drew Professor, Department of Surgery
Specialty: Surgical Oncology
Board Certifications: American Board of Surgery
Residency: Freedmen’s Hospital, Washington, DC., Fellowship, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Academic Degrees: M.D., 1952, Howard University College of Medicine, B.S., 1948, Florida A&M University
Contact Information: (202) 865-6237, lleffall@howard.edu
Research Interests: Breast cancer
Honors & Awards:

  • 2002 Chairman, President’s Cancer Panel, Appointed by