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Paul Buckman
Paul Buckman
Director, Online Communications, Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Paul Buckman joined Office of Communications at the Food and Drug Administration in 2010. As the Division of Online Communications director, he is responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership for Center for Drug Evaluation and Research’s (CDER) web site. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from the University of Louisville in Louisville, KY, and a master’s degree in information studies from Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY. Paul served as an audio-visual production specialist in the United States Army for six years.

Before joining CDER, Paul spent four years as director of broadband programming for Scripps Network Interactive in Knoxville, TN.  He produced online video programming for various sites, including,,, and Paul also produced and developed a wide range of online content for, the Today Show, Weekend Today, and Dateline NBC.

John Driscoll
John Driscoll
Regulatory Affairs Consultant

John Driscoll is a regulatory affairs consultant based in New York City, specializing in compliance with FDA’s regulation of prescription drug promotion—i.e., the requirements of FDA's Office of Prescription Drug Promotion (OPDP), formerly DDMAC. 

He is the author of FDA Requirements for Prescription Drug Promotion, the first comprehensive book on the topic, published in 2013 by the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS). John also co-authored the chapters on prescription drug labeling, advertising and promotion in Fundamentals of US Regulatory Affairs, Sixth and Seventh Editions and the chapter on prescription drug compliance in Fundamentals of US Regulatory Affairs, Fifth Edition.  He has served on the regulatory focus board of editors since 2008 and has written multiple articles on diverse regulatory topics for the publication. 

Prior to his move into consulting, John worked for over 10 years in regulatory affairs at several biopharmaceutical companies, primarily in the area of advertising and promotion compliance.  He received a BA from Harvard University in 2000. 

John maintains a set of OPDP resources on his website, and provides related news and updates via Twitter (@adpromobook).  To contact John, visit his website or email him at

Murray Aitken
Murray Aitken
Executive Director, IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics

Murray Aitken is executive director of the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. The Institute, established in 2011, provides policy setters and decision makers in the global health sector with objective, transformational insights into healthcare dynamics derived from granular analysis of information.  Murray previously served in other roles at IMS Health, including healthcare insights, corporate strategy, and consulting and services.

Prior to joining IMS in 2001, Murray was a partner at McKinsey & Company where he was based in the New Jersey, Seoul, and Los Angeles offices and served senior management across a broad range of industries.

Murray writes and speaks regularly on the challenges facing the global healthcare industry and prospects for improving patient outcomes, managing costs and maximizing access globally through better use of healthcare information.

Murray received an MBA degree with distinction from Harvard University, and holds a master of commerce degree from the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Dr. Claudia Parvanta
Dr. Claudia Parvanta (moderator)
Professor and Chair of Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Dr. Claudia Parvanta’s research contributes to effective communication in public health and health care settings. She teaches graduate courses in health communication and qualitative research, as well as undergraduate anthropology. Dr. Parvanta is the associate editor for Social Marketing and Health Communication for Health Promotion Practice, and on the editorial board of Social Marketing Quarterly.

Claudia currently leads a study funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health to examine how simplified and in-language drug information affects medication adherence for patients with less health literacy, or little ability to read English. She also collaborates with colleagues at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and Mt. Sinai Medical School, NY, to determine the most effective elements of phone-based patient navigation for cancer screening among African American and Hispanic patients.

Prior to joining U Sciences in 2005, Dr. Parvanta headed the Division of Health Communication at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for six years. She played a leading role in the agency’s communication efforts during the 9/11 attacks, anthrax, and SARS. Much of Dr. Parvanta’s career has been devoted to global health and nutrition. She was the first communication director for the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), a program supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  In this and her earlier work, Claudia has designed, managed, or evaluated health and nutrition social marketing programs in more than 20 countries.

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