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Hofman Named to Fogarty Post

Dr. Karen Hofman has been named director of the Fogarty International Center's Division of Advanced Studies and Policy Analysis. The division is responsible for analyzing social, economic and public health policies related to international biomedical research, with an emphasis on disparities in global health, and developing strategies and programs to address global health concerns. Hofman, who has served as acting director of DASPA since December 2000, came to FIC in March 1999 as a science policy analyst. She has published and performed clinical, molecular and policy-related research related to her experience in pediatrics, genetics and developmental disabilities. Prior to joining FIC, she served as acting clinical director for the Center of Medical Genetics at Johns Hopkins University, and as consultant to the Pan American Health Organization, NICHD, NHGRI and the child health policy unit at the University of Cape Town.

Ni is New SRA at CSR

Dr. Weijia Ni is the new scientific review administrator for the biobehavioral and behavioral processes 3 and 7 study sections at the Center for Scientific Review. These sections review grant applications related to language development, processing and breakdown, and speech and motor disorders. Ni comes to CSR from Yale University School of Medicine. He recently led a research team studying reading disability using neuroimaging, eye-movement monitoring, and computational modeling. He also coordinated a long-term epidemiological study of patients with multiple sclerosis. As an NIH fellow at Haskins Laboratories in New Haven, Ni showed that aphasic patients, who suffer damages in the classic language cortex region of the brain due to stroke, still retain language abilities.

New Stride Interns Welcomed

A new group of interns was recently selected for the NIH Stride Program, a competitive 3-year program offering employees an opportunity for career change and advancement from a nonprofessional to a professional position. The program provides on-the-job training, academic courses and selected short courses to prepare individuals for professional positions. The new interns include (from l) Chrissy Shaw, NINR, a management assistant training for a management analyst job; Carla Floyd, NCI, an administration technician training to become an administrative officer; Karen Carter-McLeod, NIMH, Felice Harper, CIT and Tracey Childress, CIT, all of whom are training to become computer specialists. To learn more about the Stride Program, visit http://learningsource.od.nih.gov or call the Human Resource Development Division, 496-6211.

Hardy Joins CSR

Dr. Ann Hardy has joined the Center for Scientific Review as scientific review administrator of the social sciences, nursing, epidemiology and methods 5 study section, which reviews grant applications in the areas of biostatistics and research methods. She earned a doctorate in public health from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. She conducted epidemiological research on Epstein-Barr infections in hospital patients and on opportunistic infections in kidney transplant recipients receiving immunosuppressive therapy. In 1983, Hardy entered the CDC's Epidemic Intelligence Service training program, enlisted in the PHS Commissioned Corps and was the first EIS officer assigned to AIDS surveillance. In 1988, she moved to CDC's National Center for Health Statistics in Hyattsville, Md.


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