William W. Lowrance earned an A.B. degree in chemistry and biology from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) in 1965, and a Ph.D. in organic and biological chemistry from The Rockefeller University (New York City) in 1970.
Early in his career Dr. Lowrance turned his attention to hybrid science policy and ethics issues. He has taught and conducted research on science and technology policy, environmental policy, health policy, and risk decisionmaking, at Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts) and Stanford University (Palo Alto, California).
During 1980–1990 he was a Senior Fellow and the Director of the Life Sciences and Public Policy Program of The Rockefeller University.
Lowrance has published two books: Of Acceptable Risk: Science and the Determination of Safety (William Kaufmann, Inc., 1976); andModern Science and Human Values (Oxford University Press, 1985).
He has served on numerous U.S. and international committees, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board (SAB), and in 1989 he chaired a broad review by the SAB of its mission and functioning.
During 1991–1995, he was the Executive Director of the International Medical Benefit/Risk Foundation, a nonprofit foundation headquartered in Geneva.
Currently Dr. Lowrance is working as an international consultant in health policy.
The Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) is the principal advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services on policy development, and is responsible for major activities in legislative development, policy planning, policy and economic analysis, and evaluation and policy research oversight.
The functions of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation include coordination and policy development in the area of data policy. In connection with these latter responsibilities, ASPE supported this study of privacy and health research.
The ASPE contact regarding this study is Mr. John Fanning:
John P. Fanning
Division of Data Policy
Office of Program Systems
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Washington, DC 20201
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