The Honorable PatrickKennedy, who represented Rhode Island's 1st Congressional District for 16 years, and Keith Yamamoto,PhD, vice chancellor for research at the University ofCalifornia, San Francisco, have been elected to the Research!America Board of Directors.
Both were elected during Research!America's Annual Meeting of Members, held March 14 in Washington, DC.
Kennedy is predominantly known as the author and lead sponsor of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. This dramatic piece of legislation provides tens of millions of Americans who were previously denied care with access to mental health treatment. Since leaving Congress, Kennedy has continued to pursue the cause of advancing brain research through the creation of the One Mind forBrain Research campaign, a nationwide coalition of advocates, researchers and clinicians that he co-chairs.
Yamamoto is professor of cellular and molecular pharmacology, executive vice dean of the School of Medicine, and vice chancellor for research at UCSF. He has been a member of the UCSF faculty since 1976. Yamamoto was a founding editor of MolecularBiology of the Cell and was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1988, the National Academy of Sciences in 1989, the Institute of Medicine in 2003 and as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences in 2002.
Six other Board members have been re-elected for another three-year term: Jay A. Gershen,DDS, PhD; Elizabeth BakerKeffer; Alan I. Leshner,PhD; Lucinda Maine,PhD, RPh; John R. Seffrin,PhD; and Elias Zerhouni, MD.
Individual members of Research!America elected Debra Lappin, JD, to a third three-year term as the representative of individual members to the Board of Directors.