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Arthur Neinhuis, M.D., and William Evans, Pharm.D., new members of prestigious branch of National Academy of Sciences
Arthur Nienhuis, M.D., and William Evans, Pharm.D., of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have been elected to the Institute of Medicine, a prestigious branch of the National Academy of Sciences. Nienhuis is the director of St. Jude, and Evans serves as the hospital’s scientific director and deputy director.
Nienhuis and Evans are among 65 new members of the institute, raising the total membership to 1,358.
Members are chosen for their significant contributions to health and medicine or to related fields, such as social and behavioral sciences, law, administration and economics.
Election to the institute is both an honor and an obligation. The institute’s members make a commitment to devote a significant amount of volunteer time as members of committees, which engage in a broad range of studies on health policy issues. Current projects include a study on how best to assure the health of the public in the 21st century, a review of the current state of knowledge and policy regarding microbial threats to health, an assessment of the overall system of protections for human participants in research studies, a project examining the long-term medical and social results of cancer treatment and survival, and a series of six reports on Americans who lack health insurance and the consequences for them and society.
“It is an honor and an opportunity to provide advice and service to the government and other policy-making bodies,” Nienhuis said.
Nienhuis joined St. Jude as director in 1993 and is also the chief executive officer. Previously he served as chief of the clinical hematology branch at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health.
Evans joined the St. Jude staff in 1976. In his role as scientific director, Evans is the academic leader for all clinical and laboratory research at the hospital.
“This is a very nice honor and points to what an outstanding environment St. Jude provides for both clinical and basic research,” Evans said.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in Memphis, Tennessee, was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas. The hospital is an internationally recognized biomedical research center dedicated to finding cures for catastrophic diseases of childhood. The hospital’s work is supported through funds raised by ALSAC. ALSAC covers all costs not covered by insurance for medical treatment rendered at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Families without insurance are never asked to pay.