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James Is Named NIDDK Division Deputy Director

Dr. Stephen P. James is the new deputy director of NIDDK's Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition (DDN). As a leader in the field of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) research and a longstanding NIDDK grantee, he brings a vast knowledge in basic and clinical investigation of GI diseases as well as expertise in grant proposal, review and management to the position. He will coordinate DDN's gastroenterology activities and lead a long-term initiative to develop new research mechanisms to better understand, treat and prevent both forms of IBD, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. He will help create clinical trials and clinical research networks in digestive diseases and develop research programs in celiac disease, Barrett's esophagus, food-borne illness and GI motility disorders. James will also conduct clinical research in GI immunology and IBD at the Clinical Center. For the past 10 years, he has directed the division of gastroenterology at the University of Maryland's School of Medicine and studied the role of T cells in human mucosal immunity. Before joining the Maryland staff, he spent the period from 1982 to 1991 investigating human mucosal immunity for NIAID.

Five Appointed to NIGMS Advisory Council

Five new members were recently named to the National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council. They are:

Dr. Douglas A. Lauffenburger, professor of bioengineering and chemical engineering, codirector of the division of bioengineering and environmental health, and director of the biotechnology process engineering center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; his research focuses on studies of cell signaling, cell movement and cell growth.

Dr. Eaton E. Lattman, professor and chair of the department of biophysics at Johns Hopkins University, whose research interests include studies of protein structure and the design of anti-sickling agents.

NIGMS director Dr. Marvin Cassman (r) welcomes five new council members (from l) Drs. Douglas A. Lauffenburger, Eaton E. Lattman, Susan S. Taylor, Debra A. Schwinn and George C. Hill.

Dr. Susan S. Taylor, professor in the department of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego, in La Jolla, where she also serves as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.

Dr. Debra A. Schwinn, professor in the departments of anesthesiology, pharmacology/cancer biology, and surgery at Duke University Medical Center, where she also serves as director of the molecular pharmacology laboratory in the department of anesthesiology.

Dr. George C. Hill, professor in the department of microbiology in the School of Medicine at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, where he also serves as vice president for sponsored research and director of international health programs.

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