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Yvonne Maddox, PhD
Engaging the Public in Biomedical Research
Deputy Director, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland; Member, NAS Institute of Medicine
2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA 24016
Yvonne Maddox, PhD, will focus on the importance of biomedical research in improving human health. She will address many of the challenges associated with conducting translational research, and she will cover issues related to the role the public and various communities play in promoting and enhancing participation in clinical studies.
A public reception will precede the event in the VTC Cafe at 5:00 p.m.
About the Speaker:
Yvonne Maddox, PhD, helps oversee the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development's programs and $1.3-billion annual budget, which supports research on child development, developmental biology, nutrition, HIV/AIDS, intellectual and developmental disabilities, population issues, reproductive biology, contraception, pregnancy, and medical rehabilitation. She has also served as the acting deputy director of the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Maddox received her undergraduate degree in biology from Virginia Union University in Richmond and her doctorate in physiology from Georgetown University. She studied as a visiting scientist at the French Atomic Energy Commission in Saclay, France, and graduated from the Senior Managers in Government Program of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Dr. Maddox has been a champion of issues related to women and children. She leads two teams of international scientists as part of a joint India-U.S. Partnership to improve reproductive health and maternal and child health in both countries. She directs the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development's Safe to Sleep campaign to reduce sudden infant death syndrome and the National Institutes of Health Down Syndrome Consortium. Dr. Maddox is a spokesperson for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for health equity and leads working groups to advance medical research for affected communities to improve their health. She chairs the Federal SIDS/Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Working Group. She has also served as executive director of the Department of Health and Human Services Cancer Health Disparities Progress Review Group and co-chaired the Department of Health and Human Services Initiative to Reduce Infant Mortality in Minority Communities.
Dr. Maddox is a recipient of the Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank Award and the Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award, as well as the Public Health Service Special Recognition Award, the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Award, and the National Institutes of Health Director’s Award. She is an inductee in the field of medicine to the Historical Black College and Universities Hall of Fame, and a recipient of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Distinguished Public Service Award. Along with former President Bill Clinton, Dr. Maddox received the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Flame Award in recognition of her service to improve public health.