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Rebecca Buckley, M.D., Elected to National Academy of Sciences

TOWSON, MD, September 12, 2011—The Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF) is proud to announce that Rebecca H. Buckley, M.D., Chair of the IDF Medical Advisory Committee has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for her life-saving research in pediatric immunological diseases. Dr. Buckley is the J. Buren Sidbury Professor of Pediatrics and professor of immunology at Duke University Medical Center.

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is an honorific society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research, dedicated to the furtherance of science and technology and to their use for the general welfare. Election to the NAS is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a scientist or engineer.

“Dr. Buckley’s contribution to the primary immunodeficiency community is immeasurable,” said Marcia Boyle, President and Founder of the Immune Deficiency Foundation. “She has generously given her time and expertise to the IDF for years, particularly in the area of Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID). For decades, her steadfast dedication to our community has been inspirational. Her leadership has been invaluable, and IDF is so fortunate to have her guidance and knowledge.”

Dr. Buckley has spent most of her career addressing genetic disorders of the immune system and has been a strong proponent of newborn screening for these types of diseases. She has been a pioneer in the use of bone marrow transplantation to provide immune reconstitution to infants with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) and has been able to successfully provide this treatment to all SCID infants, regardless of whether they have a matched sibling donor.

Over 30 national committees and councils have been fortunate to have Dr. Buckley as a member. She was president of The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI). She is a member of numerous medical organizations, including the Society for Pediatric Research, the American Pediatric Society (Council 1991-2001; President 1999-2000), American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow (2000); Chairman Section on Medical Sciences (2001-2003), American Association of Immunologists (Chairman, Clinical Immunology Committee 1984-87), American Academy of Pediatrics (Section on Allergy & Immunology; Executive Committee 1981-84). In addition to being Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical Immunology, Dr. Buckley has also served on a variety of editorial boards including the Journal of Immunology and the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. She chaired the NIH Immunological Sciences Study Section and has been a member of NIAID’s Board of Scientific Counselors. Dr. Buckley serves on the ITN Data and Safety Monitoring Board for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders and Genetic Diseases in Newborns and Children.

Dr. Buckley has been actively involved in clinical and scientific research and is the author or co-author of almost 300 scientific publications. She has received numerous awards and honors for her contributions to medicine from organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, the Immune Deficiency Foundation, the American Society for Microbiology and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

“Dr. Buckley’s tremendous scientific accomplishments have cemented her role in history as a leader in primary immunodeficiency research and treatment, and we are fortunate that she serves as Chair of our Medical Advisory Committee,” Boyle added. “We at IDF are so proud to be associated with such a distinguished and caring physician.”

Dr. Buckley joined 71 other new members and 18 foreign associates from 15 countries in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research in NAS membership in April. Other renowned members of NAS include Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Thomas Edison, Orville Wright and Alexander Graham Bell.

About The Immune Deficiency Foundation

The Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF), founded in 1980, is the national patient organization dedicated to improving the diagnosis, treatment and quality of life of persons with primary immunodeficiency diseases through advocacy, education and research.

On behalf of those with primary immunodeficiency diseases, IDF provides educational programs and materials that offer medical information, guidance about health insurance issues, important life management and patient care resources, and support for patients and family members. IDF supports advocacy to promote healthcare legislation and policies that positively affect the primary immunodeficiency community, and research and medical programs that improve diagnosis and treatment.

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