NEW CANAAN, CT, October 18, 2004 —The Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies today announced the election of 65 new members, including Sabin Vaccine Institute (Sabin) Director of International Programs Ciro de Quadros, MD, MPH. New members bringing the roster to 1,416 also included Sabin trustee Michael T. Osterholm, PhD and scientific advisor Stephen L. Hoffman, M.D.

According to IOM President Harvey V. Fineberg, membership is highly selective and recognizes people who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health. “Election is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of medicine and health," he said. Current active members elect new members from candidates nominated for their professional achievement and commitment to service. Members commit volunteer time as members of IOM committees, which engage in a broad range of studies on health policy issues.

The Institute of Medicine is a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on issues related to human health. Recent studies included the titles Immunization Safety Review: Vaccines and Autism, a report that closed the question of any such link; and Financing Vaccines in the 21st Century: Assuring Access and Availability, which proposes new strategies for assuring access to vaccines and sustaining the supply vaccines.

“I am honored that the IOM membership elected me to join their distinguished ranks,” said de Quadros, who joined the Sabin Vaccine Institute in early 2003 to direct several international advocacy projects. Beforehand, he was director of the Division of Vaccines and Immunization of the Pan American Health Organization in Washington, DC. He completed medical studies in Brazil in 1966 and received a Master of Public Health degree from the National School of Public Health in Rio de Janeiro in1968. He is among the pioneers in developing strategies of surveillance and containment for smallpox eradication. He also directed the successful efforts of polio eradication from the Western Hemisphere and efforts to eradicate measles from the region

Michael T. Osterholm, is director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; Stephen L. Hoffman is chief executive and scientific officer of Sanaria Inc., Rockville, Maryland. Sabin Chairman H.R. Shepherd is a longstanding member of the National Academy’s President’s Circle, heading its Library Outreach Program.