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David Galas Joins NAS Advisory Committee

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Seattle– David Galas, Ph.D., Principal Investigator at Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute (PNDRI), has been invited by the president of the Academies to serve as a member of the division committee for the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s Institute of Medicine (IOM). The division committee provides review and oversight of the work of the IOM.

Dr. Galas, a National Lifetime Associate of the National Academy of Science and expert in molecular and computational biology and human genetics, has served on many program committees at the NAS including more than 10 years on the Earth and Life Sciences committee. The newly formed division committee is part of a restructuring of the NAS which joins the three Academies into one organization and emphasizes the importance of the IOM’s work in the policy and science base of health care. The committee will be tasked with oversight of the IOM's portfolio of ongoing work, prioritization of emerging issues, review of proposed new activities, evaluation of IOM boards, and general guidance.

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine has a membership of the nation’s most distinguished scientists in their fields, who, in turn, serve on boards and committees that advise government agencies, including Congress, in public policy on scientific topics. The Institute of Medicine is a division of the Academies that helps those in government and the private sectors make informed decisions on healthcare by providing reliable evidence and rigorous analysis through their studies and reports.

The National Academies of Sciences was established in 1863 by a congressional charter signed by President Abraham Lincoln to advise on scientific topics during war time. The Academies expanded with establishment of the National Research Council to recruit specialists from the larger scientific, medical and technological communities.