WRITER: TAMMARA MEESTER
CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSON
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Release: June 27, 2000
Gilchrist named president-elect of national public health laboratories
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Mary J.R. Gilchrist, Ph.D., director of the University
of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory, has been named president-elect of the Association
of Public Health Laboratories (APHL).
The APHL, based in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit group dedicated to
improving the quality of laboratory practices worldwide.
Gilchrist received her bachelor's degree in microbiology at the UI, and
a master's degree and doctorate in microbiology at the University of Illinois
at Champaign-Urbana. She has been active in numerous national health organizations,
including the American Society for Microbiology, the American Public Health
Association, the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists,
and the American Society for Clinical Pathologists.
Gilchrist has been instrumental in the development of a national network
of public health laboratories aimed at identifying and tracking potential
health risks related to bioterrorism. Also, Gilchrist testified last year
before a U.S. Senate subcommittee on the emerging issue of antimicrobial resistance.
She has been director of the UI Hygienic Laboratory since 1995. As Iowa's
public health and environmental laboratory, the Hygienic Laboratory provides
diagnostic testing and services for communicable disease control in the areas
of microbiology, immunology, virology and molecular biology. The laboratory
also provides analytic and detection services related to air and water quality,
and provides laboratory support to state agencies such as the Iowa Department
of Natural Resources, the Iowa Bureau of Labor and the Iowa Department of
"I look forward to serving as president of APHL and advocating for
the important roles public health laboratories serve in ensuring the health
of the public," Gilchrist said. Her year-long term as APHL president
will begin in June 2001.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care,
medical education and research programs and services they provide.