Roberta B. Ness

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, USA

Roberta B. Ness received her M.D. degree from Cornell University, and her M.P.H. degree from Columbia University. She has been a Member of the ACE Board of Directors since 2004, and chaired the ACE Policy Committee. Recently, she became the Founding Chair of the Joint Policy Committee (JPC) Societies of Epidemiology: the first organization to coordinate joint policy actions among 14 epidemiology societies. She is an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Epidemiology, and on the Editorial Boards of Annals of Epidemiology, and WHO STD Bulletin. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and American College of Epidemiology, and a Member of the prestigious American Society for Clinical Investigation, Delta Omega Honorary, and the American Epidemiologic Society (AES). She hosts the 2008 meeting of AES. Other honors include a Leadership Award from the Family Health Council and Laureate Award from the American College of Physicians. She is a frequent advisor to NIH, CDC, AHRQ, Department of Defense, and other universities. She has participated in four reports of the Institute of Medicine, National Academies, in the last 2 years. She has been at the forefront of women’s health research, being one of the first to propose the research paradigm now termed “gender-based biology” in her book entitled Health and Disease Among Women (Oxford U Press, 1999). In 200 peer-reviewed publications and over 20 federally funded grants, she has explored the epidemiology of hormonal cancers, adverse pregnancy and perinatal outcomes, links between reproductive history and cardiovascular disease, and bacterial sexually transmitted infections. Currently, she is Chair of Department of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health; and a Professor of epidemiology, medicine, and obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Pittsburgh.

Biography Updated on 9 November 2008

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