External Advisory Committee

The External Advisory Committee (EAC) provides rigorous oversight on the long-term direction, scientific output, productivity, and overall performance of CRIS.

The EAC is comprised of experienced scientific leaders from academia, government, non-governmental organizations, and industry. This composition ensures that

  • CRIS functions in a scientifically sound and objective manner.
  • the program maintains autonomy and independence from any one sector's interests.
  • CRIS's objectivity and credibility remains balanced across all stakeholders.

 Additionally, the EAC provides advice to the CRIS Director on research, publication strategies, and outreach and communications activities.

Appointments and expectations

Academic, government and non-governmental organization partners are appointed to the EAC by the Internal Advisory Committee (IAC). Industry members of the EAC are elected by CRIS Partners.

All members of the EAC serve on a limited and rotating term basis to ensure

  • no one person or entity has undue influence.
  • continuity.

The EAC meet quarterly via teleconference to solicit, discuss, and prioritize emerging issues. They also meet face-to-face at least once a year – usually at the CRIS Annual Meeting.

You can learn more about the expectations and bylaws of the EAC by reviewing the External Advisory Committee Charter.

External Advisory Committee Members

  • Corey Berends

    Chair, EAC Committee; Senior Vice President, Research, Quality and Innovation, Con Agra Foods

  • Alan Boobis

    Professor, Imperial College of London

  • Suzanne Fitzpatrick

    Senior Science Policy Advisor, Center for Food Safety and Nutrition, Food and Drug Administration

  • A. Wallace Hayes

    Visiting Faculty, Harvard University; Adjunct Professor, University of South Florida, College of Public Health

  • Dennis Keefe

    Director, Office of Food Additive Safety, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

  • Steve Mavity

    Senior Vice President, Technical Services & Corporate Quality, Bumble Bee Foods

  • Robert Sills

    Chief, Cellular & Molecular Pathology Branch and Acting Molecular Pathology Group Leader, National Toxicology Program, NIEHS

  • Kate Thiel

    Vice-Chair, EAC Committee; Field Crops and Advisory Team Specialist, Michigan Farm Bureau

  • David Tonucci

    Vice President, Global Regulatory & Scientific Affairs, Tate & Lyle