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NIDDK's Harlan Wins Legion of Merit

Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig (r) recently presented the Legion of Merit to Dr. David Harlan , now head of the NIDDK/Navy Transplantation and Autoimmunity Branch, for exceptional professional achievement as a research scientist, clinician, director of the Immune Cell Biology Program, and head of combat casualty care department at the Naval Medical Research Center. Capt. Harlan, who recently joined NIDDK, was cited for "his vision, leadership, and inspired research to develop novel immunoregulatory therapies," a research area he continues to pursue in his current position. The Legion of Merit is awarded to members of the armed forces for exceptionally meritorious service and achievement.

Burgdorfer Elected to Swiss Academy

Dr. Willy Burgdorfer of NIAID's Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) was recently elected to the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences. He is an internationally acclaimed zoologist and a microbiologist who has long been acknowledged as a leading global expert in the relationship between animal and human disease agents and their transmission by blood-feeding arthropods, especially ticks. He is perhaps best known for his discovery that Lyme disease was actually a bacterial infection caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, a newly recognized bacterium which was named in honor of his work. Born in Basel, Switzerland, Burgdorfer retired in 1986 after heading rickettsial diseases research at RML and has remained active as scientist emeritus. He also recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual meeting of the Society for Vector Ecology.

Balaban Elected Society President

Secretary of the Navy Dr. Robert S. Balaban, scientific director of the NHLBI Laboratory Research Program and chief of the institute's Laboratory of Cardiac Energetics, has recently been elected incoming president of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. The SCMR is a rapidly growing international society of some 600 members that focuses on the application of magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy to the cardiovascular system. Balaban has been active in this field over the last decade, developing an NHLBI research and clinical program in cardiovascular magnetic resonance. He is currently leading the joint NIH/Suburban Hospital MRI program in the emergency room with Dr. Steven Warach of NINDS and Dr. Andrew Arai of NHLBI. He also is chair of the steering committee for the In Vivo NMR Center on campus.

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