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Mattson is New Chief of GRC Laboratory

Dr. Mark P. Mattson is NIA's new chief of the Laboratory of Neurosciences at the Gerontology Research Center in Baltimore. His laboratory will conduct studies to elucidate the molecular and cellular mechanisms responsible for nerve cell dysfunction and degeneration in age-related disorders. Mattson is widely known in the scientific community for his innovative research to understand changes in the brain that occur during aging and in age-related diseases. These studies show that certain signaling mechanisms in the brain are active at both ends of the lifespan, and that their alterations can result in neuronal degeneration in age-related brain disorders including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and stroke.

Marcetich Heads NLM Indexing Section

James Marcetich is the new head of NLM's index section, which is responsible for the indexing, editing, keyboarding and input of the world's biomedical journal literature for the MEDLINE database, plus Index Medicus and other NLM publications. Indexing involves analyzing and assigning to each article descriptive headings selected from Medical Subject Headings, the controlled vocabulary that contains over 18,000 terms. Over 10 million articles have been indexed for MEDLINE since the inception of MEDLARS in 1966, and more than 400,000 are added to the database each year. As a unit head in the section for the past 12 years, Marcetich has supervised the work of indexers and revisers. Before becoming a unit head, he was an indexer and reviser for 8 years. He came to NLM as a library associate in NLM's postgraduate training program in 1979.

NIDDK Council Gains Four

Four new members have joined the advisory council of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. They are:

Dr. Edward J. Benz, Jr., Sir William Osler professor and director, department of medicine, and professor of molecular biology and genetics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and an NIH-funded investigator studying the molecular genetics of inherited anemias.

The Hon. Levan Gordon, who recently retired as judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia. Currently a member of the board of directors of the National Kidney Foundation, he is past chair of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice.

Dr. Edward W. Holmes, dean, Duke University School of Medicine, Walter Kempner professor of medicine and vice-chancellor for academic affairs at Duke University Medical Center. He is currently an NIDDK Merit Award grantee studying the pathobiology of AMP deaminase deficiency.

Dr. Sandra Puczynski, assistant professor of family medicine and director, division of research and evaluation, Medical College of Ohio. She is chair of the research advisory board and a member of the board of directors of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International.

NIDDK director Dr. Allen Spiegel (c) welcomes four new members to the institute's advisory council. They are (from l) Dr. Sandra Puczynski, Dr. Edward Benz, Dr. Edward Holmes and the Hon. Levan Gordon.

Klein To Head AABB

Dr. Harvey Klein, chief of the Clinical Center's department of transfusion medicine, was recently voted president-elect of the American Association of Blood Banks. His 1-year term begins in November. He has been on the AABB's board of directors for the past 6 years and chaired the association's research-funding entity, the National Blood Foundation, when it was created a decade ago. Established in 1947, the AABB sets standards for blood collection and transfusion, provides education and certification for physicians and medical personnel, and assesses institutions involved in the collection and processing of blood products. Klein's primary responsibilities as president will be strategic planning and leadership on blood transfusion issues, both national and international.

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