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Dr. Richard Sakai

Malaria authority Dr. Richard Sakai of NIAID's Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases was recently named Knight of the National Order by President Konare of Mali. In 1990, Sakai accepted a posting to Mali as an NIH resident scientist to work with Malian scientists at the National School of Medicine and Pharmacy. His mission was to develop -- from the ground up -- a malaria research facility. Now completed, the Malaria Research and Training Center is a focus for malaria activities in Mali and all of West Africa and was visited by NIH director Dr. Harold Varmus in January. Sakai's knighthood recognized his service to the people of Mali and his extraordinary contributions to that nation's battle against malaria.

Michelle Bennett

NIEHS' Michelle Bennett has been awarded a 3-year, $120,000 grant from the U.S. Army to develop a genetically engineered strain of mice that will have defective copies of a second breast cancer gene, BRCA2, that has been linked to the majority of inherited breast cancers not caused by BRCA1. Investigators will use the mice to learn more about how hereditary breast cancer develops in humans. Bennett played a role in the discovery of BRCA1.

Dr. Ira Pastan

Dr. Ira Pastan, chief of NCI's Laboratory of Molecular Biology, received the Special Achievement Award sponsored by Coulter Corp., a research and biotechnology company in Miami. The award was given recently at the company's Nature Biotechnology Winter Symposium in Ft. Lauderdale. The award recognizes "contributions to biological science by way of new knowledge or methodology whose impact was not particularly evident at the time of the first description but which, over the years, has been seen to be a seminal event of outstanding significance." Pastan received the award following his address on "Design of Recombinant Immunotoxins for the Treatment of Cancer." The winter symposium is organized by the University of Miami and Nature Publishing Co.

NCRR Grantee Wins Award

Dr. Dean R. Appling of the University of Texas recently received the first E.L.R. Stokstad Award for his outstanding research on folate and one-carbon metabolism. Folic acid is required by virtually all organisms and a deficiency in humans can be associated with cardiovascular disease and neural tube defects in newborns. The Stokstad Award of $2,500 and an engraved plaque is given to promising scientists for outstanding fundamental research in the area of nutrition.

Appling is a grantee of NCRR's Comparative Medicine Area, Biological Models and Materials. This program develops cell systems, lower organisms and nonbiological systems as models for use by biomedical researchers. Appling uses a yeast model to study the organization and control of folic acid-mediated one-carbon metabolism.

DRG Employees Honored at Ceremony

At the recent Division of Research Grants awards ceremony, Dr. Donna Dean, acting chief of the Referral and Review Branch, presented awards to various staff for their activities on behalf of the division and NIH peer review system.

A group merit award went to the grants technical assistant council, which includes (front, from l) Ronald J. Livingston, Jr., Phoebe B. Allison, Melissa Hinterlang, Christine R. Hayter, Barbara A. David, Kathryn L. Ray-Cook, Sherry L. Ernde. At rear are (from l) Joy A. Pinkney, Lisa C. Klingensmith, Christine L. Cecil, Michael A. Showe, Nena B. Wells, Bonnie L. Ellis. Not shown are Margot Faxton, Deborah R. Lovelace, Leslie D. Littlejohn, Deborah A. Clemons. They were recognized for "leadership in facilitating the transition to a dramatically new work environment for DRG GTAs in the Rockledge Bldg."

The NIH individual merit award went to (from l) Drs. Sooja K. Kim, Gertrude K.McFarland, Gilbert Meier, and Suzanne Fisher for superior performance and exemplary service.

A group merit award was presented to (from l) Melanie Showe, Wendy Hicks, Dr. Anita Sostek, Vieda White, Carol Campbell, and (not shown) Dr. Robert Weller "in recognition of a team effort in managing an exceptionally high workload under difficult circumstances."

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