Task Force on Research Specific to Pregnant Women and Lactating Women (PRGLAC)

Task Force on Research Specific to Pregnant and Lactating WomenThe 21st Century Cures Act established PRGLAC to advise the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding gaps in knowledge and research on safe and effective therapies for pregnant women and lactating women. PRGLAC was tasked with identifying these gaps and reporting its findings back to the Secretary.

Federal members include the directors of NIH, NICHD, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the HHS Office on Women's Health, and the Commissioner of Food and Drugs. Non-federal members include representatives from relevant medical societies, non-profit organizations, and industry.

Members of the PRGLAC Council.

Chairperson

Diana W. Bianchi, M.D.
Director
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
National Institutes of Health

Members

Shelli A. Avenevoli, Ph.D.
Deputy Director
National Institute of Mental Health
National Institutes of Health
Rockville, MD 20892

Karin Bok, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor, Vaccine Development, Vaccine Research Center
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
National Institutes of Health

Andrew A. Bremer, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief, Pediatric Growth and Nutrition Branch
Acting Chief, Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
National Institutes of Health

Christina Bucci-Rechtweg, M.D.
Global Head, Pediatric and Maternal Health Policy
Clinical Development and Drug Regulatory Affairs
Novartis Corporation

Camille Fabiyi, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor for Women's Health
Office of Extramural Research, Education, and Priority
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Dorothy Fink, M.D. (ad hoc member)
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women's Health
Director, Office on Women's Health
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Steven A. Foley, M.D.
Women's Health Services
Prowers Medical Center

Susan R. Givens, RNC-OB, M.P.H.
Maternal and Child Health Education Planner
March of Dimes

Melissa J. Gorman M.S.N., RN-BC, CCRN®
Education Coordinator
Shriners Hospitals for Children

Elena K. Gorodetsky, M.D., Ph.D.
Research Program Officer
Office of Research on Women's Health
National Institutes of Health

Bridgette L. Jones, M.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Children’s Mercy Hospital and University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Medicine

Kristi L. Lengyel, M.B.A.
Director of Patient Advocacy
UCB, Inc.

Linda R. Lipson, M.A.
Scientific Review Administrator
Health Services Research and Development
Office of Research and Development
Veterans Health Administration
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Aaron M. Lopata, M.D., M.P.P. (ad hoc member)
Chief Medical Officer
Maternal & Child Health Bureau
Health Resources and Services Administration
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Joan Nagel, M.D., M.P.H.
Program Director
Division of Clinical Innovation
National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
National Institutes of Health

Voula Osganian, M.D., Sc.D., M.P.H. (ad hoc member)
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
National Institutes of Health

Victoria Pemberton, M.S.
Clinical Trials Specialist
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
National Institutes of Health

Jeanna M. Piper, M.D.
Senior Medical Officer
Clinical Microbicides Research Branch Prevention Services Program
Division of AIDS
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
National Institutes of Health

Jennita Reefhuis, Ph.D. (ad hoc member)
Chief, Birth Defects Branch
National Center on Birth Defects and Development
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Jeanne S. Sheffield, M.D.
Director
Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Diane L. Spatz, Ph.D.
The Helen M. Shearer Professor of Nutrition
School of Nursing
University of Pennsylvania

Robert L. Ternik, Ph.D.
Senior Research Advisor
Eli Lilly Company
Lilly Corporate Center

Kaveeta P. Vasisht, M.D., Pharm.D. (ad hoc member)
Acting Associate Commissioner
Deputy Director
Office of Women’s Health
Office of the Commissioner
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Wendy J. Weber, N.D., Ph.D. (ad hoc member)
Chief, Clinical Research Branch
Division of Extramural Research
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
National Institutes of Health

Executive Secretary

Lisa Kaeser, J.D.
Executive Secretary
Office of Legislation and Public Policy
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
National Institutes of Health

Report

Meetings

More Information

Contact

Aaron Pawlyk, Ph.D.
Obstetric and Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics Branch Chief
pawlykac@mail.nih.gov 

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