Christa Altenstetter was a post-doctoral fellow at the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University. Dr. Altenstetter directed a research project at the School of Public Health at Yale University for several years and was on the research staff of several American and European Research Institutes. Additionally, she has frequently served as consultant to health authorities and the World Health Organization. Since 1969, Dr. Altenstetter has done empirical research about health care systems and health care delivery, intergovernmental relations in Germany and Austria, and European affairs. Since the late 1980's most of Dr. Altenstetter's research has been devoted to 1) health care reform in comparative perspective and 2) European Union developments and their impact on the member states in the field of health; more recently with focus on international and cross-national regulation in health care. She is the author of Medical Devices: European Union Policymaking and the Implementation of Patient Health and Safety in France (Transaction Publishers, 2008). In addition, she is editor or co-editor of Innovation in Health Policy and Service Delivery, 1981; Comparative Health Policy and the New Right: From Rhetoric to Reality, 1991; Health Policy Reform, National Variations and Globalization, 1997, and Health Policy, 1998, in addition to numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals. She has also written numerous articles published in peer-reviewed journals such as "European Union Responses to AIDS/HIV and Policy Networks in the Pre-Maastricht Era" (1994); "Regulating the medical device industry" (1996); "Regulating and financing medical devices" (1998); "Les Exigences de l'Intégration Européenne vis-á-vis de la Politique de la Santé", (1998); "Collective Action of the Medical Device Industry at the Transnational Level" (1998). Some of Dr. Altenstetters recent articles include "Bridging European and member state implementation: The case of medical goods, in vitro diagnostics and equipment," "International Collaboration on Medical Device Regulation: Issues, Problems, and Stakeholders," and "Health Care Reform in Germany: Patchwork Change within Established Governance Structures," and "Medical Device Regulation and Nanotechnologies: Determining the Role of Patient Safety Concerns in Policymaking." Dr. Altenstetter is currently working on a cross-national project: Bridging International and National Regulatory Policymaking on Medical Devices: A Comparison of the European Union, Japan, and the United States. She is the founder of a Study Group (SG 19) on Comparative Health Policy within the International Political Science Association (1982) and later served as President of what became the IPSA Research Committee 25 Comparative Health Policy until 2006 within the International Political Science Association (IPSA). RC 25 established a research link to the major international and national health databases and websites. Click on http://web.gc.cuny.edu/ralphbuncheinstitute/RC25%20Web/Links.htm. Or go to http://gc.cuny.edu; look for Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies. Click on Projects. Click on International Political Science Association: Research Committee 25.