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SEAC Committee Members January 2005

Professor Chris Higgins (Chair)

Professor Chris Higgins is Director of the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre and Head of Division at Imperial College London. He has a high international standing in the biological and medical sciences and has held previous positions at the Universities of Dundee, Oxford and the University of California, Berkeley. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, European Molecular Biology Organisation and Founder Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He has been a Member of Council of BBSRC, the Governing Council of the John Innes Centre, and Council of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He has received the Howard Hughes International Research Scholarship, Fleming Medal of the Society of General Microbiology and the CIBA Medal of the Biochemical Society. Professor Higgins has extensive experience of chairing both academic and research committees and has served as a scientific advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on Stem Cells. He is experienced and accomplished at communicating scientifically challenging issues to the media and general public.

Professor James Ironside (Deputy Chair)

James Ironside is Professor of Clinical Neuropathology in the University of Edinburgh and Honorary Consultant Neuropathologist in the Lothian University Teaching Hospitals Trust. He is Director of the National Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Surveillance Unit based at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh. Professor Ironside has a thorough knowledge and experience of the UK's surveillance system and an extensive professional background in the neuropathology of human TSEs, particularly variant CJD. Professor Ironside is recognised as a world authority in this area and is involved in collaborating work with experts in Europe and across the world. He is frequently asked to present his work at international meetings, and acts as an advisor on human TSE's to the World Health Organisation. He is also a member of the joint Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens (ACDP/SEAC) Working Group that provides advice on the safe working with TSEs in experimental and clinical settings, and the CJD Incidents Panel. Professor Ironside joined SEAC in June 1999 and was appointed to the position of Deputy Chair in May 2002.

Mr Peter Jinman

Mr Peter Jinman is a member of Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and is currently senior partner of Jinman and Partners Veterinary Practice in Herefordshire, dealing with farm, equine and companion animals. He is Immediate Past President of the British Veterinary Association and a member of the BBC's Rural Affairs Advisory Committee. Peter Jinman brings to the Committee 25 years experience of handling agricultural veterinary issues, including BSE and scrapie and has been a SEAC member since May 2000.

Professor Ian McConnell

Professor Ian McConnell is Professor of Veterinary Science and Director of Research at the University of Cambridge Veterinary School. He is also a member of Bio-Security Guidance Steering Group and Expert Assessor for the United Kingdom Xenotransplantation Interim Regulatory Authority. He has been member of Royal Society inquiries on Transgenic Animals in Medical Research and the recent Foot and Mouth Inquiry on Infectious Diseases of Livestock. He has extensive experience in basic and applied immunology in medical research and veterinary science. He leads an active research group on infection and immunity in animal diseases with a particular focus on diseases of the immune and central nervous system caused by viruses and TSE agents. He has been a member of SEAC since September 1999.

Professor Grahame Bulfield

Professor Grahame Bulfied is Vice-Principal and Head of the new College of Science and Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. He has been the Director and Chief Executive of the Roslin Institute (Edinburgh) a company Limited by Guarantee and a Charity sponsored by the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) since 1993. Since 1988 he has been Head of the Research Centre of Roslin. He has served on a wide range of Government Committees and Working Parties and will bring to SEAC many years of science experience and in particular, a detailed knowledge in genetics. He has been a member since April 2002.

Dr. Corinne Lasmezas

Dr Lasmezas has been head of the prion research group at the Service de Neurovirologie (SNV), France, since 2002. She has also served on numerous government appointments ranging from the French Food Agency to the department of Health Scientific Board in France, and brings to SEAC many years of relevant experience.

Professor Nigel Hooper

Professor Nigel Hooper is Professor of Biochemistry at the School of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Leeds. A leading expert in TSEs, Professor Hooper is a member of the Medical Research Council (MRC) Neurosciences and Mental Health Board and the MRC/Department of Health Research Advisory Group for TSEs.

Dr. Jean Manson

Dr Jean Manson is Head of TSE division and Neuropathogenesis Unit at the Institute for Animal Health (IAH). Dr Manson has been involved with research on TSEs for the last 14 years at IAH and is currently a member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Working Group on the Diagnosis and Study of TSEs.

Dr. David Brown

Dr David Brown is a lecturer in the Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath. A recognised and respected expert on TSEs, who has worked in the field of prion disease research for the past 10 years in both Germany and the UK. Dr Brown is currently a member of the MRC Advisory Board.

Dr. Graham Medley

Dr Graham Medley is a Reader and Head of the Ecology and epidemiology research Group in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Warwick. Dr Medley has worked in the area of infectious disease epidemiology since 1983 and is currently a member of the SEAC CJD Epidemiology sub-group.

Mr. John Bassett

Mr John Bassett is a risk assessor, specialising in microbiology, at the Unilever Safety and Environmental Assurance Centre. Prior to working for Unilever, Mr Bassett worked for the New Zealand Food Safety Authority in New Zealand where he was a National Adviser specialising in risk assessment. A qualified veterinarian, Mr Bassett also spent seven years as a practising vet.

Dr. Jacky Chambers

Dr Jacky Chambers has a joint appointment as Director of Public Health, Heart of Birmingham Teaching Primary Care Trust and Birmingham City Council. Dr Chambers is a senior public health doctor who has worked for 25 years in the health sector at national, regional and local level. Her responsibilities included communicable diseases and emergency planning for the City of Birmingham. She has served on various national committees, including COMA and the Acheson Inquiry into Inequalities in Health.

Ms. Diane McCrea

Ms Diane McCrea is an independent consultant on food and consumer affairs. Ms McCrea's work has focused on consumer issues and perspectives of food safety, food labelling, consumer information and the consumer input to regulatory affairs. Ms McCrea is a member of the Food Standards Agency's Advisory Committee on Animal Feedingstuffs (ACAF) and the Advisory Committee on Research (ACR). Ms McCrea is also a member of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council's (BBSRC) Governing Body of the Institute of Food Research.

Dr. Peter Rudge

Dr Peter Rudge is a consultant neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and is physician attached to the CJD cerebral biopsy committee. Dr Rudge has extensive committee experience at local, national and international level.

Mr. Colin Browne

Mr Colin Browne is a partner in the Maitland Consultancy, which provides advice to corporate organisations on external communications. Mr Browne was a member of the Government Communications Review Group, charged with making recommendations designed to make Government communications more effective. The Group reported in January 2004.

Professor Margaret Stanley

Professor Margaret Stanley is Professor in Epithelial Biology, Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge. Professor Stanley is a recognised expert in the pathogenesis of infectious disease in man and animals, with an international reputation for her research into papillomaviruses. Professor Stanley is experienced at providing expert advice having served as a member of scientific advisory boards in both the private and public sector in the US and Europe.