National Vaccine Advisory Committee - Public Member Nominations Needed
Office of Minority Health

The National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO), Office of Public Health and Science, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is soliciting nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as members to the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC). The Committee studies and recommends ways to encourage the availability of an adequate supply of safe and effective vaccination products in the United States; recommends research priorities and other measures to enhance the safety and efficacy of vaccines.

The Committee is composed of 15 public members, including the Chair, and two representative members. Public members shall be selected from individuals who are engaged in vaccine research or the manufacture of vaccines, or who are physicians, members of parent organizations concerned with immunizations, representatives of state or local health agencies or public health organizations.

All nominations must be received no later than 5 p.m. ET on February 2, 2009 at: Bruce Gellin, M.D., M.P.H., Executive Secretary, NVAC, Office of Public Health and Science, Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 443-H, Hubert H. Humphrey Building; Washington, DC 20201.

Applications Needed for FDA Advisory Committees
Food and Drug Administration

To view vacancies on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committees on an ongoing basis visit

Nominations are generally accepted on a continuing basis. Advisory committee members serve overlapping 4-year terms and new vacancies become available throughout each year. Below is a listing of committees and current vacancies that may be of interest to those in the oncology community.  Information for consumer representatives and patient representatives is available.

Committee Name

Number of Vacancies

Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee


Device Good Manufacturing Practice Advisory Committee


Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee


Immunology Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee


Hematology and Pathology Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee


Medical Devices Dispute Resolution Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee


Obstetrics and Gynecology Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee


Radiological Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee


National Mammography Quality Assurance Advisory Committee


Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee


Pediatrics Advisory Committee


Risk Communication Advisory Committee


Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee


Applications Now Accepted: Resource Persons Network
Office of Minority Health

The Resource Persons Network is a group of professionals who volunteer their services in support of the OMHRC's mission to improve the health status of racial and ethnic minority groups in the United States. Therefore, the primary goal of the RPN is to provide technical and capacity-building assistance to community-based organizations and institutions on behalf of the OMHRC for the purpose of assisting local efforts to improve minority health.

The OMHRC welcomes applications from multidisciplinary health professionals who are interested in joining the Resource Persons Network. RPN members have expertise in a variety of fields, including cancer, research, funding, and adolescent health and aging issues. The OMHRC is currently looking to increase the number of RPN members that have expertise in cultural competency and research and data analysis.

Consumer Involvement in Peer Review
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program

The unique voice and experiences of patients, survivors, family members and advocates play a pivotal role in the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs. As active members of the program, consumers take part in setting program priorities and making funding decisions.