(8:34 a.m.)

DR. FREAS: We'll go ahead and get started.

Dr. Brown, before we officially begin, I would like to just go around and introduce to the members of the audience the new table arrangement. Those of you who were here yesterday can notice there are many changes between yesterday and today.

DR. Freas. We have one temporary voting member. That's Dr. Lawrence Schonberger. He's on the right-hand side of the table standing up. Assistant Director for Public Health, Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases, Centers for Disease Control.

Coming around the table is Dr. Raymond Roos, Chairman, Department of Neurology, University of Chicago.

Next is Dr. Ermias Belay, Medical Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Next is Dr. Peter Grant Lurie, Public Citizens Health Resource Group, Washington, D.C.

Sitting down right now is Dr. Stan Prusiner, Professor of Neurology, University of California School of Medicine.

Coming around the corner of the table in front of the podium is Dr. David Hoel, Professor and Chairman, Department of Biometry and Epidemiology, Medical University of South Carolina.

Next is Dr. David Bolton, head, Laboratory of Molecular Structure and Function, New York Institute for Basic Research.

Next is Dr. Jeffrey McCullough, Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, University of Minnesota Hospital.

Next is the Chairman of this Committee, Dr. Paul Brown, Medical Director, Laboratory of Central Nervous System Studies, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Next is Dr. Bruce Ewenstein, Clinical Director, Hematology Division, Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Around the corner of the table, Dr. Linda Detwiler, senior staff veterinarian, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Next is Dr. Elizabeth Williams, Professor, Department of Veterinary Sciences, University of Wyoming.

Next is our consumer representative, Barbara Harrell, Montgomery, Alabama.

Next is Dr. Dean Cliver, Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis.

Next is the consultant for today, Dr. Robert Rohwer, Director, Molecular and Neuro-virology Unit, VA Medical Center, Baltimore.

Dr. Piccardo will not be joining us today, and we should be joined very shortly by Dr. Donald Burke, Director, Center for Immunization Research at Johns Hopkins University.

Good morning and welcome to everybody.

Dr. Brown, I turn the meeting over to you.