Foundation for Genetic Medicine Page

The stated purpose of the Foundation for Genetic Medicine is "to develop and gain acceptance, through education, for public policies which support and advance genetic information for improved health care" and "to keep opinion leaders abreast of the most recent scientific and social developments related to human genetics." I.e., to propagandize for the Lasker genetics agenda. Members of the International Board of Advisors include C. Thomas Caskey of the Lasker-associated Washington Advisory Group; Cindy Lebow, of Robins Kaplan Miller Ciresi (the firm that did the state of Minnesota-BCBS lawsuit against the tobacco industry); Marjorie M. Shultz, Professor of Law, University of California at Berkeley; Daniel D. Garner of the US Department of Justice; Rebecca S. Eisenberg, Professor of Law at the University of Michigan School of Law; James F. Dickson III, Senior Advisor to the Dean of Harvard Medical School; and Jacek Mostwin, Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University.

International Board of Advisors / Foundation for Genetic Medicine

James F. Dickson III

"From 1961 to 1965, he was a Special Fellow of the National Institutes of Health at the Electronic Systems Laboratory at Massachusetts Institute of Technology... During this period, he was active on national committees concerned with science, technology, and health and served as Senior Consultant for Health with the President's Commission on Technology, Automation, and Economic Progress. From 1965 to 1989, Dr. Dickson was Director of the Engineering in Biology and Medicine Program at the National Institutes of Health, Director of Health for the President's Advisory Council on Management Improvement and Assistant Surgeon General...." He is a member of the Institute of Medicine.

Dickson is also on the advisory board of, along with such characters as: Ezekiel J. Emanuel (a chairman of the Dept. of Bioethics at NIH, Professor of Medicine, Social Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at Harvard, and involved in the Ethics Section of the Clinton Health Care Task Force); Marianne J. Legato (with connections to the AHA and NHLBI, and was on the Advisory Board of the Office of Research on Women's Health at NIH); M. Roy Schwartz, an emeritus board member of Research!America; John Urquhart, who has connections to the ALZA Corp.; and Nancy Snyderman, medical correspondent for ABC.

Advisory Board /

Rebecca S. Eisenberg

Professor of law at the University of Michigan since 1984. "She is a member of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health, the Panel on Science, Technology and Law of the National Academies, and the Board of Directors of the Stem Cell Genomics and Therapeutics Network in Canada."

Eisenberg / University of Michigan

Other members of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the NIH included Ruby P. Hearn, the Senior Vice President of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; and Jane E. Henney, Vice President for Health Sciences at the University of New Mexico.

New Appointments / NIH Record 1996
Advisory Committee to the Director, 1997 / NIH

Eisenberg and fellow advisor C. Thomas Caskey authored a patenting statement for HUGO, the Department of Energy Human Genome Program (Human Genome News 1995;6(6):5.)

Human Genome News 1995 / Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Eisenberg is involved in the National Academies of Science's Science, Technology, and Law Program, established in 1999. The Panel held a public workshop on Scentific Evidence on Sep. 7, 2000. And: "Joe Cecil, PhD, psychology, and JD, Northwestern University, is Project Director, Program on Scientific and Technical Evidence, Division of Research, Federal Judicial Center, in Washington, DC. He is responsible for judicial education and training in the area of scientific and technical evidence and the lead staff of the Federal Judicial Center's Scientific Evidence Manual which is the primary source book on evidence for federal judges." This is the manual with the false claims for adjustment for confounding in the chapter written by Leon Gordis of The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Science, Technology, and Law Program / National Academies of Science
Committee / Science, Technology, and Law Program

One of Eisenberg's colleagues at the University of Michigan Law School, Kyle D. Logue, likes to write articles such as "Smokers' Compensation: Toward a Blueprint for Federal Regulation of Cigarettes," and "The Costs of Cigarettes: The Economic Case for Ex Post Incentive-Based Regulation."

Logue / University of Michigan

Cindy Lebow

Of the law firm that was involved in the state of Minnesota's lawsuit against the tobacco industry, Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi.

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Mark A. Rothstein

"He has served as an advisor to the NIH, CDC, DOE, US Congress, Institute of Medicine, National Conference of State Legislatures, and numerous other public and professional entities. In 1999, HHS Secretary Donna Shalala apointed him to a four-year term as a member of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics... in 1999 he received the Public Health Hero Award from the University of California-Berkeley School of Public Health."

Rothstein bio / Harvard University

Rothstein is an external reviewer for promotion and tenure at Baylor College of Medicine, Brooklyn Law School, Catholic University School of Law, Cleveland State University School of Law, Columbia University School of Law, Florida State University College of Law, Golden Gate University School of Law, IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law, Indiana University School of Law, Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, Lewis and Clark School of Law, Loyola of Chicago School of Law, Mercer University School of Law, Northern Illinois University College of Law, St. Louis University School of Medicine, Suffolk University School of Law; the Schools of Law of the Universities of Arizona; Arkansas-Fayetteville; Kansas; Maryland; Memphis; Missouri; North Carolina; and Washington; the University of California-Berkeley School of Public Health; the University of Cincinnati College of Law; Vanderbilt University School of Law, and also its School of Medicine; and West Virginia University College of Law.

He is an editorial reviewer for numerous journals, including the American Journal of Law and Medicine, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Johns Hopkins University Press, Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics, Journal of Legal Medicine, and New England Journal of Medicine. His publications include "Forum on Refusing to Employ Cigarette Smokers," Empl Rel Weekly 1989 Jun 19; and "Ban Smoking, Not Smokers from the Workplace," Hous Lawyer 1987 Jul/Aug.

He was co-investigator in "Evaluating the Effectiveness of Laws Regulating Tobacco in Texas" ($50,000, funded by the CDC and Texas Dept. of Health). Since 1990, he has gotten nearly $6 million in funding from various sources: $595,500 and $700,000 from the Texas Legislature for a proposed Texas Health Legislation Research Center, with himself as director, plus the sums of $290,400, $283,600 and $518,200 for other projects from the same source. His NIH funding includes $881260, $796,858, $903,748 and $90,000, for genomics-related issues.

Rothstein CV / University of Louisville (pdf, 26pp)

Marjorie Shultz

Professor of Law, University of California at Berekeley. "She served as a member of the legal advisory group for the Clinton Health Security Act [in which Roz Diane Lasker played a major role -cast] and has been a member of the advisory committee for NIH's Office of Research on Women's Health. She has also been a speaker of advisor on legal issues for the Centers for Disease Control, the National Cancer Institute, and the Department of Public Health Statistics."

Shultz / University of California - Berkeley

Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees / Foundation for Genetic Medicine

Robert Mullan Cook-Deegan

Cook-Deegan is director-designate of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship program at the Institute of Medicine, and a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Investigator at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University. He has been an Associate of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the School of Hygiene and Public Health at Johns Hopkins University since 1988. His work includes the National Academy of Sciences Report, Allocating Federal Funds for Science and Technology, 1995, with study director Frank Press, a principal of the Washington Advisory Group. He was at the Office of Technology Assessment from 1982 to 1987. He was a principal investigator, with grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and National Cancer Institute, on tobacco control among children and youths, 1992-94. He made a substantial direct written contribution to the IOM Report, Growing Up Tobacco Free: Preventing Tobacco Addiction in Children and Youths (NAP, 1994). He was the founding director of the National Cancer Policy Board of the IOM, and author of Background Paper on Tobacco Control (1997); the main author of a letter on tobacco control to [Clinton HHS Secretary] Donna Shalala, Bruce Reed, and members of Congress from the NCP (1997); and the main editor/author of Taking Action to Reduce Tobacco Use (NAP, 1998).

Cook-Deegan CV / Stanford University

Erin D. Wlliams

Assistant Professor, Law, Policy and Ethics, George Mason University. She is a member of the American Public Health Association, American Health Lawyers Association, and American Bar Association, Technology and Health Sections.

Williams / George Mason University
Williams CV / George Mason University

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cast 01-22-02