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Membership

Public Health Research Unit

Biomedical Research Advisory Council Appointments 

Per statute (215.5602, Florida Statutes), the council shall consist of 11 members, including: the chief executive officer of the Florida Division of the American Cancer Society, or a designee; the chief executive officer of the Greater Southeast Affiliate of the American Heart Association, or a designee; and the chief executive officer of the American Lung Association of Florida, or a designee. The remaining 8 members of the council shall be appointed as follows:

  1. The Governor shall appoint four members, two members with expertise in the field of biomedical research, one member from a research university in the state, and one member representing the general population of the state.
  2. The President of the Senate shall appoint two members, one member with expertise in the field of behavioral or social research and one representative from a cancer program approved by the American College of Surgeons.
  3. The Speaker of the House of Representatives shall appoint two members, one member from a professional medical organization or from a comprehensive cardiovascular program with experience in biomedical research approved by the American College of Cardiology and one representative from a cancer program approved by the American College of Surgeons.

In making these appointments, the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall select primarily, but not exclusively, Floridians with biomedical and lay expertise in the general areas of cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and pulmonary disease. The appointments shall be for a 3-year term and shall reflect the diversity of the state’s population. An appointed member may not serve more than two consecutive terms.


Governor Appointments 

David A. Decker, MD, FACP
Appointed: 06/11/2014 (1st Term), 10/02/2015 (2nd Term)
Expiration: 10/02/2018

Allison Eng-Perez
Appointed: 07/09/2015 
Expiration: 01/10/2018

Richard Nowakowski, PhD
Appointed: 10/02/2015 
Expiration: 01/10/2018

Vacant

House of Representatives Appointments 

Connor Lynch, PhD
Appointed: 02/19/2018
Expiration: 02/19/2021

Vacant

Senate Appointments 

Tushar Patel, MB, ChB
Appointed: 10/10/2017 
Expiration: 10/10/2020

Richard A. Houghten, PhD
Appointed: 07/12/2017
Expiration: 07/11/2020

American Cancer Society Appointment 

Daniel Armstrong, PhD (Chair)
Appointed: 01/21/2010
Expiration: No expiration

American Lung Association Appointment 

May P. Martinasek, PhD, MPH, CPH, MCHES, RRT
Appointed: 08/03/2018
Expiration: No Expiration

American Heart Association Appointment 

Charles Wood, PhD
Appointed: 08/07/2013

Expiration: No Expiration