Willoughby To Direct NICHD Center
Dr. Anne Willoughby, who has led the Pediatric, Adolescent and Maternal AIDS Branch at NICHD for the last 13 years, has been appointed director of the Center for Research for Mothers and Children at the institute. She began her career in 1984 at NICHD, conducting research on the effects of chloride deficient formula on child development. She has spent the last 13 years enhancing knowledge about HIV/AIDS in mothers and children. In her new position, Willoughby will have the opportunity to tackle the numerous health issues facing mothers and children. Her efforts will be focused on low birth weight infants, developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, birth defects, growth and nutrition, HIV/AIDS, and the effects of racial and ethnic disparities on mothers and children.
Five Join NIAID Advisory Council
Five new members recently joined the National Advisory Allergy and Infectious Diseases Council. They are: Dr. Luis A. Diaz, professor and chairman of the department of dermatology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Dr. J. Brooks Jackson, professor and chairman of the department of pathology at Johns Hopkins University Medical Institutions; Dr. Dorothy E. Lewis, professor of immunology at Baylor College of Medicine; Dr. Richard M. Locksley, chief of infectious diseases at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of California, San Francisco; and Dr. Margaret A. Liu, senior advisor in vaccinology at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Diaz studies cutaneous autoimmunity. He has made important contributions in autoantibody-mediated disease in pemphigus and pemphigoid. Additionally, he is interested in medical education and patient care.
Jackson directs the clinical HIV laboratory at Johns Hopkins Hospital and has been involved in numerous clinical HIV therapeutic and prevention trials in the United States, Uganda and China.
Lewis is director of the core flow cytometry facility and director of the immunology core for the Center for AIDS Research at Baylor College of Medicine; she is interested in the immune response to HIV and the mechanisms responsible for failure to generate sufficient memory cells in most infected people.
Locksley's research investigates mechanisms by which T cells acquire their distinct effector functions and attempts to understand the dysregulation of effector function that occurs in a variety of infectious and inflammatory diseases.
Liu is a pioneer in the field of DNA vaccines; her research interests are in the field of immunology, in particular the generation of cellular immunity for viruses and cancer.
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