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Nominations to Replace Five CFS Advisory Committee Members Whose Terms End in Jan 2010

  [ 8 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ] • September 25, 2009

The terms of five members of the federal Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee (CFSAC)* expire on January 3, 2010. All nominations for their replacements were to be delivered by Sep 20 to CFSAC Executive Secretary Dr. Wanda K. Jones.

Nominations we have seen so far, via open letters posted on the Co-Cure Listserv ( and Cort Johnson's AboutMECFS blog, include the following, with several duplications. Each nominee has generously agreed to serve in this capacity if selected.

Caroline Fribance, President of the Wisconsin ME/CFS Association
Nominator: Pat Fero, MEPD, Wisconsin ME/CFSA Executive Director
Nominator Comments:

The Wisconsin ME/CFS Association, Inc wishes to nominate Caroline Fribance, our current President, for the CFS Advisory Committee. We understand that Caroline, if accepted, must resign from our board…

Caroline is well qualified for a position on the CFSAC. Being a 7-year patient, she is familiar with health challenges, medical community issues, and the advocacy community struggle to represent patients to improve quality of life. While serving on the Wisconsin board, Caroline attended three IACFS conferences in Madison, Ft. Lauderdale, and Reno. She is familiar with the science and the struggles of researchers, MDs, and patients.

Most currently, Caroline helped establish the first Wisconsin Friedman Award provided by the WI ME/CFS Association. It is a competitive medical scholarship for second year medical school students patterned after the program created by Betty McConnell and Kenneth Friedman in New Jersey. Medical students who apply must research and write about a specific issue involving ME/CFS.

Caroline has experience that would benefit the committee. Caroline is an attorney familiar with federal, state, and local government processes and policies. This gives her objectivity in training and in experience. As a result, she is process oriented.

In addition, as an attorney, she is familiar with disability issues and accommodation of disabilities as they relate to employment and facilities, as well as qualifications for Social Security disability. She has extensive experience on advisory committees and boards of directors. She served on corporate boards of directors while employed at Sentry Insurance, and currently serves on several not for profit boards.

Caroline is currently a public member of the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation, where she seeks to represent the public interest in the delivery of health care and support of the Medical School. After attending several CFSAC meetings, and submitting testimony, Caroline tells us that she is drawn to the challenges facing committee members and is interested in the process of solving problems.

Bruce Allshouse
Nominator: CFIDS Association of America
Nominator Comments:

Bruce is an experienced executive with a diverse background in the electric utility industry. His areas of expertise include nuclear maintenance, project management, process reengineering, organizational design and change management.

He has taught change management at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Graduate School of Management.

Mr. Allshouse is the principal of WSC International, LLC, a consulting firm that works with companies in the United States, Canada, Japan and elsewhere to plan and manage major strategic transitions.

Bruce’s adult daughter Cari has CFS.

Mr. Allshouse serves on the CFIDS Association of America’s Board of Directors as its treasurer.

He has demonstrated expertise in voluntary organizations concerned with the problems of individuals with CFS.

Christoph Bausch, PhD
Nominator: CFIDS Association of America
Nominator Comments:

While working on his doctorate degree in molecular microbiology at Ohio State University, Dr. Bausch became ill with CFS. Eventually he recovered enough to finish his dissertation and take a postdoctoral research position at Stowers Institute for Medical Research focusing on genetics where he worked from 2003-2006.

Dr. Bausch joined the biotech firm Sigma Aldrich as a senior research and development scientist in the spring of 2006, and in 2008 transferred to business development, working as a strategic marketing analyst for the company. He is also working toward his MBA at St. Louis University.

Dr. Bausch serves on the Board of Directors of the CFIDS Association of America.

He has demonstrated expertise in biomedical research and voluntary organizations concerned with the problems of individuals with CFS.

Dane Cook, PhD
Nominator: CFIDS Association of America
Nominator Comments:

Dr. Cook is an assistant professor of kinesiology in the department of education at University of Wisconsin. His recent work has focused on using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to understand central nervous system mechanisms of pain and fatigue in patients with fibromyalgia (FM) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

Results from these investigations have demonstrated that CFS patients require greater utilization of brain regions involved in working memory to accurately complete a cognitive task.

These studies have provided some of the first objective evidence in support of the perceptual experiences in these patients.

Dr. Cook was honored with the IACFS/ME Junior Investigator Award in 2003.

He has demonstrated expertise in biomedical research.

Michael Houghton, PhD
Nominator: CFIDS Association of America
Nominator Comments:

In 1989 Dr. Houghton and his colleagues at Chiron were the first to identify the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in collaboration with CDC.

Their discovery led to a series of HCV tests that are now used globally to screen the blood supply to prevent infection. Their work also led to the identification of important new anti-HCV drug targets.

For this work, Dr. Houghton received the Albert Lasker Prize in 2000 as well as numerous other awards from various countries and organizations throughout the world.

He has published more than 200 articles in the fields of gene regulation, human beta interferon and hepatitis C and D viruses.

In February 2007 he joined Epiphany Biosciences as its chief scientific officer.

Dr. Houghton has demonstrated expertise in biomedical research.

Judy Mikovits, PhD
Nominator: CFIDS Association of America
Nominator Comments:

Dr. Mikovits spent more than twenty years at the National Cancer Institute in Frederick MD, during which time she received her PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology, investigating mechanisms by which retroviruses dysregulate the delicate balance of cytokines in the immune response.

Dr. Mikovits has studied the immune response to retroviruses and herpes viruses including HIV, SIV, HTLVI, HERV, HHV6 and HHV8 with a special emphasis on virus host cell interactions in cells of the hematopoietic system including hematopoietic stem cells (HSC).

Dr. Mikovits has co-authored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications that address fundamental issues of viral pathogenesis, hematopoiesis and cytokine biology.

She is the director of research for the Whittemore-Peterson Institute for Neuroimmune Disease in Reno, Nevada.

Dr. Mikovits has demonstrated expertise in biomedical research.

Donnica Moore, MD
Nominator: CFIDS Association of America
Nominator Comments:

Dr. Moore is highly regarded as a women's health expert, advocate, physician educator and as a media commentator. Dr. Moore is the founder and president of, a popular women's health information website launched in Sept. 2000. She is also founder and president of Sapphire Women's Health Group LLC, a multimedia women's health education and communications firm.

Dr. Moore’s son, Brian, was diagnosed with CFS four years ago.

Dr. Moore has been active in organized medicine for over 15 years. For seven years she served on the Board of Directors of the American Medical Women's Association.

She has also been a member of the Boards of Directors of the Society for Women's Health Research, the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research, the National Council on Women's Health, and Research!America.

She has demonstrated expertise in health services and insurance.

Daniel L. Peterson, MD
Nominator: CFIDS Association of America
Nominator Comments:

During more than 25 years of medical practice, Dr. Peterson has become a sought-after internist for diagnosing difficult and complex medical cases.

Dr. Peterson was one of the first physicians to recognize an outbreak of what is known as ME/CFS. He became a pioneering physician and researcher in understanding the biological characteristics and methods for diagnosing, managing and treating ME/CFS.

He has been caring for patients with ME/CFS for two decades, and his clinical work is complimented by a strong commitment to research as evidenced by his participation in more than 17 research studies and his foresight to collect and maintain the world's single largest repository of ME/CFS patient samples.

Among the numerous awards that he has received, in 2007 he was awarded the Nelson Gantz Clinician Award.

He is also medical director of the Whittemore-Peterson Institute for Neuroimmune Disease in Reno, Nevada.

He has demonstrated expertise in biomedical research and health services.

Nominations by PANDORA Inc.
Without the Nominator's Comments:

Dr. Daniel L Peterson

Dr. Albert Robbins

Barbara Soliday

Dr. Martin Pall

Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum

Dr. Herbert Hyman

Steve Krafchik, Esq.

Caroline Fibrance, Esq.

Jill McLaughlin

Nominations by the Miami CFIDS Association
Without the Nominator's Comments:

Cort Johnson

Barbara Soliday


* The CFSAC provides science-based advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services through the Assistant Secretary for Health, on a broad range of issues and topics pertaining to CFS. For background info on the CFSAC, please visit the Committee’s web site at

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