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Rabinovich Named DMID Branch Chief

NIAID's Dr. Regina Rabinovich has been named chief of the Clinical and Regulatory Affairs Branch in the Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (DMID). An expert on immunizations and vaccine development, she is former chief of DMID's clinical studies section. She was DMID's assistant director for National Vaccine Program Liaison from 1991 to 1996. Rabinovich came to NIH in 1988 as an epidemiology staff fellow in DMID's Epidemiology and Biometry Branch. A fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, she earned her medical degree from Southern Illinois University and a master's degree in public health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Taylor Joins NCRR

Dr. Walter Fred Taylor recently joined NCRR as a health scientist administrator in the area of research infrastructure. He is a physiologist who specializes in the neural control of circulation. Previously, he was deputy director of the thermal stress program and director of the hyperbaric environmental adaptation program at the Naval Medical Research Institute, where he conducted research on adaptation to environmental and thermal stress in humans. He did his postdoctoral fellowship in the department of pharmacology at the University of Texas Health Science Center where he studied neurogenic active vasodilation in the skin. At NCRR, he will work primarily on the Research Facilities Improvement Program.

Kinsel To Direct NIAID Policy Analysis

NIAID's Dr. Jane F. Kinsel has been named director of the Office of Policy Analysis. Prior to this appointment, she was assistant director for special projects in the institute's Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. She joined NIAID in 1989 as chief of the pharmaceutical affairs section in the Division of AIDS. She also served as executive secretary of what was then the AIDS clinical drug development committee. Prior to her NIH career, Kinsel was a pharmacologist in the division of bioequivalence at the Food and Drug Administration.

NIDDK Council Welcomes 7

Seven new members joined the NIDDK Advisory Council at its Feb. 17 meeting. Joining the subcommittee on diabetes, endocrinology, and metabolic diseases are Dr. Ronald Kahn, director of the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston and a professor of medicine at Harvard, and Dr. Ming Jer Tsai, the Charles C. Bell professor in the department of cell biology at Baylor College of Medicine.

NIDDK director Dr. Philip Gorden (second from r) welcomes new members of the NIDDK Advisory Council. They are (from l) Drs. Rena Wing, Ronald Kahn, John McConnell, Jeffrey Gordon, Ming Jer Tsai and Dana Weaver-Osterholtz. Missing is Dr. Robert Schrier.

The subcommittee on digestive diseases and nutrition gained two new voices. Dr. Rena Wing is a professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University, a professor of psychiatry, psychology, and epidemiology at the medical school at the University of Pittsburgh, and director of the NIDDK-funded Obesity and Nutrition Research Center in Pittsburgh. Also advising DDN is Dr. Jeffrey Gordon, head of the department of molecular biology and pharmacology at Washington University School of Medicine.

The council subcommittee on kidney, urology, and hematology has three newcomers: Dr. John McConnell, chair of the department of urology at Southwestern Medical Center at the University of Texas in Dallas; Dr. Robert Schrier, chair of the department of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver; and Dr. Dana Weaver-Osterholtz, associate professor in the department of surgery at the University of Missouri Medical School.

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