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Suzanne D. Vernon, PhD

Suzanne D. Vernon, PhD

Research Director
Bateman Horne Center
Salt Lake City, UT

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About The Expert

Suzanne D. Vernon, PhD, earned her doctorate in virology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and worked in public health research on infectious diseases at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 17 years before joining The CFIDS Association of America’s staff as scientific director in 2007.

She has more than 70 peer-reviewed scientific publications on topics including human immunodeficiency virus, human papillomavirus, cervical cancer and chronic fatigue syndrome. Dr. Vernon has initiated and participated in numerous international and multidisciplinary research collaborations, and she now leads the CFIDS Association’s research program. As scientific director, she is responsible for the peer-review and management of research projects funded directly by the association, including maintaining a network of the funded investigators.

She organizes and hosts symposia and other formal opportunities for scientists to exchange information and build collaborative networks, including a meeting held in September 2009 at the Banbury Center of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health titled, “From Infection to Neurometabolism: A Nexus for CFS Research.” She has built several innovative collaborations with other institutions, including the Biological Information Research Network (BIRN), an NIH-sponsored initiative, and the Genetic Alliance BioBank.