PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI), the nation’s leading source of human tissues, cells and organs for scientific research, has elected three new members to its board of directors including Mary J.C. Hendrix, PhD, president and scientific director for the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Research Center at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Jonathan D. Moreno, PhD, professor of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania and a 2008-09 member of President Barack Obama’s transition team, and Howard M. Nathan, president and CEO of the Philadelphia-based nonprofit Gift of Life Donor Program.
“We are grateful to have such esteemed experts in the fields of organ and tissue donation, medical ethics and biomedical research joining our board,” says Bill Leinweber, president and CEO of NDRI. Meenhard Herlyn, DVM, DSc, Professor and Senior Scientist at The Wistar Institute and Chairman of the NDRI Board of Directors adds, “The individual and collective knowledge and experience of these three new board members will add great strategic value to the board and the impact of NDRI.”
A leading cancer researcher, Mary J.C. Hendrix, PhD, has over 230 publications in biomedical research and is a recipient of the MERIT Award from the National Cancer Institute. Hendrix currently serves on the board for the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences, the Chicago Council on Science and Technology and the board of directors of Research!America. She is a member of the editorial boards of Developmental Dynamics, Cancer Biology and Therapy, Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, Cancer Research, Cancer Prevention and Research, and Cancer Microenvironment. She is a past president of the Association of Anatomy, Cell Biology and Neurobiology Chairpersons, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, and former co-director of the Virtual Naval Hospital. She recently served on the National Advisory Council for the Human Genome Research Institute, the Board of Scientific Advisors for the National Cancer Institute and the Council of Councils for the National Institutes of Health.
Jonathan D. Moreno, PhD, is the David and Lyn Silfen University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and is one of fifteen Penn Integrates Knowledge professors. At Penn he is also professor of medical ethics and health policy, professor of history and sociology of science, and professor of philosophy. Moreno is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and is the U.S. member of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee. A senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C., Moreno has served as an adviser to many governmental and non-governmental organizations, including three presidential commissions, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Moreno frequently contributes to such publications as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and often appears on broadcast media.
Howard Nathan is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on organ and tissue donation and has helped shape organ donation policies in the U.S. for the past three decades. Gift of Life Donor Program is the largest and one of the oldest of the 58 nonprofit organ procurement organizations in the U.S., having coordinated the donation of more than 36,000 organs for transplantation and tens of thousands of tissue transplants since 1974. Gift of Life has 15 transplant centers with 42-organ specific programs and 130 donor hospitals. Nathan is also the president of the Transplant Foundation, founder and president of the Gift of Life Institute, an international research and training center for donation and transplantation professionals, and the president of the Gift of Life Family House in Philadelphia, which provides temporary lodging and support for families of organ transplant patients. Nathan served for three terms on the board of directors of United Network for Organ Sharing, which coordinates the organ transplant activities in the U.S. He is a regular presenter at regional, national and international organ procurement, transplantation and related conferences and has published more than 300 scientific papers and abstracts.
NDRI is a not-for-profit, (501) (c)(3) founded in 1980, funded in part by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), public and private foundations and organizations, and pharmaceutical corporations. For more than 30 years, NDRI has revolutionized the progress of scientific research by partnering with organ and tissue donation programs to procure and distribute human biospecimens to biomedical researchers. Each year, NDRI distributes more than 17,000 biospecimens annually to some 500 researchers. By serving as the liaison between organ and tissue donors and the research community, NDRI is uniquely positioned to support breakthrough advances and discoveries that can affect advances in the treatment and cure of human diseases. For more information, please visit www.ndriresource.org.