The Purnell W. Choppin Page

Choppin is a member of the Board of Directors of the Lasker Foundation, and a principal of the Washington Advisory Group. Choppin was on the American Cancer Society's Advisory Committee on Personnel for Research in 1974. Washington Advisory Group principal C. Thomas Caskey, and CTR members Wolfgang Joklik, Peter K. Vogt, and Roswell K. Boutwell were also top ACS officials.

American Cancer Society audit report, 1974 / UCSF (pdf, 9 pp)

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute

With an endowment of more than $11 billion, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute is the largest philanthropy in the US and possibly the most influential sponsor of biomedical research in the world. Choppin was its president from 1987 until the end of 1999. Its first grants were made in 1988. He is one of those peculiar Lasker entities, a virologist who doesn't care about viral causes of chronic disease, who channeled its funds into genetics research instead.

HHMI History / Howard Hughes Medical Institute

"The $11.8 billion medical research organization currently supplies about 22 percent of all nonprofit research support in biomedicine, funding some 331 investigators at 71 institutions, said Choppin. It has spent more than $5 billion since 1985 on its five areas of specialty: cell biology and regulation, immunology, neuroscience and structural biology; a new field -- computational biology -- is just emerging... 'This is small compared to the NIH budget, but substantial in terms of private support,' he said... While NIH is far and away the world's largest supporter of biomedical research, with a just-won FY 2000 budget of almost $18 billion, the government has not always been the principal funder of basic science. Choppin noted that in 1930, half of the financial support for medical research came from the private sector. By 1940, the private sector contributed only 27 percent of the total, a figure that dwindled to around 4 percent in 1980 and has remained in that vicinity ever since, he said. 'The rapid descent (in private support of science) that began in the forties corresponds with the flowering of the NIH,' he said. 'The sense was that the government was doing such an effective job that foundations directed their resources elsewhere.'" Sic. This so-called "flowering of the NIH" actually amounted to the Lasker Syndicate's stranglehold on our tax dollars for their objectives! "The lecture ended with a brief question session, during which it emerged that more than 70 percent of HHMI investigators also hold NIH grants." Golly, what a coincidence. (Trillions in philanthropy forecast - Choppin asserts role for private support of biomedicine. By Rich McManus. NIH Record Dec. 14, 1999.)

Choppin / NIH Record 1999

From "Microbiologist Death Toll Mounts As Connections to Dyncorp, Hadron, Promis Software & Disease Research Emerge. A Career in Microbiology Can Be Harmful to Your Health (Revised/Updated)." By Michael Davidson, FTW Staff Writer, and Michael C. Ruppert: "The Howard Hughes Medical Institute -- Another Link?"

"There is another intriguing connection between three of the five American scientists that have died. Wiley, Schwartz, and Benito Que worked for medical research facilities that received grants from Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). HHMI funds a tremendous number of research programs at schools, hospitals and research facilities, and has long been alleged to be conducting 'black ops' biomedical research for intelligence organizations, including the CIA.

"Long-time biowarfare invstigator Patricia Dole, Ph.D. reports that there is a history of people connected to HHMI being murdered. In 1994, Jose Trias met with a friend in Houston, Texas and was planning to go public with his personal knowledge of HHMI 'front door' grants being diverted to 'back door' black ops bioresearch. The next day, Trias and his wife were found dead in their Chevy Chase, Md. home. Chevy Chase is where HHMI is headquartered. Police describe the killings as a professional hit. Tsunao Saitoh, who formerly worked at an HHMI-funded lab at Columbia University, was shot to death on May 7, 1996 while sitting in his car outside his home in La Jolla, Calif. Police also describe this as a professional hit."

Microbiologist Death Toll Mounts /
The Model Emergency Health Powers Act


"Also elected to the board of directors were Dr. Robert Petersdorf, president of the Association of American Medical Colleges and Dr. Richard Cohen, current president of the American Federation for Clinical Research. Other members of the Research!America Board of Directors include former Speaker of the House Thomas "Tip" O'Neill, writer and researcher Lewis Thomas, MD, former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, MD, and president of the Howard Hughes Medical Foundation Purnell Choppin, MD. Edwin C. Whitehead, chairman of the board of Research!America, also announced that Mary Wooley has been elected president and chief executive officer of the organization." (FASEB President Dr. Thomas Edgington Elected to Research!America Board. FASEB Newsletter Dec. 1990, p. 12.)

FASEB Newsletter, 1990 / UCSF (pdf, 12 pp)

Washington Advisory Group Bio

"Prior to joining HHMI as Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer in 1985, Dr. Choppin was Leon Hess Professor of Virology, vice president for academic programs and dean of graduate studies at The Rockefeller Institute. He headed the laboratory of virology at Rockefeller, which concentrated on viral structure, replication, interaction with cell membranes and the mechanisms by which influenza, parainfluenza, and measles viruses produce cell injury and disease."

"Dr. Choppin has advised many governmental and private organizations. He has been a member of the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and member of the AIDS Advisory Committee of the National Institutes of Health. He was chairman of the virology study section of the National Institutes of Health from 1975 until 1978. He has served on advisory groups for the American Cancer Society, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Armed Forces Epidemiological Board, and the Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation. He was a member of the board of scientific consultants of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, serving as chairman in 1983-84. He was also a member of the New York University - Rockefeller University joint committee on science and the humanities from 1981 until 1985...

Choppin bio / The Washington Advisory Group (pdf)

Other memberships include the Task Force on National Research Council Goals and Operations (with Jo Ivey Boufford); The Lasker Trust's Funding First Executive Committee; the National Academy of Sciences Council; the Board of Directors of the Royal Society of Medicine Foundation (with Jeremiah Barondess of the New York Academy of Medicine and Jo Ivey Boufford); and the US Congress Office of Technology Assessment "Federally Funded Research: Decisions for a Decade" Advisory Panel.

Task Force on NRC Goals and Operations
Choppin bio / NAS Council
Board of Directors / Royal Society of Medicine Foundation
Federally Funded Research: Decisions for a Decade Advisory Panel / Princeton Univ.
Leadership Team, Funding First / Lasker Foundation

The Washington Advisory Group & Kickbacks from the Tobacco Settlement

"On 11/6/00, news reports said that executives of several Ann Arbor area biotechnology firms were protesting what they viewed as a power play by four of the universities in the state to grab most of the money set aside from the tobacco settlement for biotechnology development and research..." (Ann Arbor News, Nov. 6, 2000). The steering committee directing the money "has enlisted the help of the Washington Advisory Group to conduct an analysis of Michigan's life sciences research infrastructure and to advise on investment initiatives. Panel members include the former president of the National Science Board, Frank Press, and the former director of the National Science Foundation, Erich Bloch." Both of whom are principals of the Washington Advisory Group, of which Purnell W. Choppin is also a principal. (1 Billion in Tobacco Funds Targeted for a Life Sciences Corridor, Michigan Leads the Nation in Using Settlement Funds for Health Research And Job Creation. Michigan Economic Development Corporation and

1 Billion in Tobacco Funds /

The Washington Advisory Group is notable for the number of former presidential advisors involved. Frank Press was a member of President Kennedy's and later President Johnson's Science Advisory Committee, and was President Carter's Science Advisor, as well as being President of the US National Academy of Sciences and Chairman of the National Research Council during the time of that body's report on passive smoking. D. Allan Bromley was the Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, and Director of the Office of Science and Technology in the Executive Office of the President from 1989 to 1993 (the Bush #1 administration). Edward E. David Jr. was science advisor to the President and Director of the Office of Science and Technology from 1970 to 1973 (Nixon-Ford administration). Alexander Flax has served on "numerous government advisory boards, committees, and panels," including the White House and Senate. The group as a whole is a heavyweight in terms of government service at high levels. This indicates that the anti-smoking conspirators recruited support from scientists from fields outside of health with the help of promises of ill-gotten loot.

Principals / The Washington Advisory Group

Frank Press is also an old crony of the University of Michigan's Gilbert Omenn: "In 1977, when Dr. Frank Press offered me a position as deputy science advisor to President Carter, I asked the White House operator to find Dr. Petersdorf, who was in Dallas getting ready for his installation as president of the American College of Physicians. I sought his advice, and assured him that I would stay to do my month of attending 6 weeks hence. He cut me off, told me he knew all about the recruitment, and said he would personally arrange a substitute or do the month's attending for me himself! There was no point in asking again whether he thought I should go off to DC." (1998 AAMC Robert G. Petersdorf Lecture: Caring for the Community. Gilbert S. Omenn, Nov. 2, 1998.)

1998 Petersdorf Lecture / University of Michigan Medical School

Other members of the Washington Advisory Group with U-Mich connections: Bruce R. Guile got his Master of Public Policy at the University of Michigan in 1979; Frank H.T. Rhodes is a former Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan; James Wyngaarden is a former director of the National Institutes of Health who got his MD at the University of Michigan Medical School in 1948. He is also an emeritus board member of Research!America, and is on the executive committee of Funding First.

The Washington Advisory Group is similarly involved with the Ohio tobacco settlement money as well.

The Tobacco Lawsuits

C. Thomas Caskey of the Washington Advisory Group was an HHMI investigator at Baylor College of Medicine.

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cast 05-23-03