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Byrnes Appointed SRA at CSR

Dr. Noni Husain Byrnes is now the scientific review administrator of the bioanalytical engineering and chemistry special emphasis panel at the Center for Scientific Review. She earned her Ph.D. in analytical chemistry at Emory University and then became a research scientist for the bioanalytical section at Procter and Gamble Pharmaceuticals. While there, she developed several bioanalytical methods for the testing of cardiac drug candidates and metabolites, established in-house automated solid-phase extraction technology for phase III clinical trial samples, and was the section representative on a multi-disciplinary team that successfully completed an investigational new drug submission package for the Food and Drug Administration.

Cox Is New NEI Staff Scientist

Dr. Terry A. Cox recently joined NEI as a staff scientist in the Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Research. He comes from Duke University Medical Center, where he served in both the department of biostatistics and bioinformatics and the department of ophthalmology. In addition to assisting colleagues with the design and analysis of research projects, he maintained a clinical practice in neuro-ophthalmology and conducted both clinical and statistical research. A combination of ophthalmologist and statistician, Cox brings to NEI experience in clinical neuro-ophthalmology, ophthalmic biostatistics and epidemiological studies. In his new position, he will develop new statistical methods for ophthalmic data and provide statistical support for NEI studies at the Clinical Center.

Gardner Appointed FIC Senior Advisor

Dr. Pierce Gardner has joined the Fogarty International Center as senior advisor for clinical research and training. He will work across NIH and with U.S. schools of medicine and public health to help ensure that FIC's current and future programs include appropriate activities in clinical training and research. In addition, he will develop the FIC program on international clinical, operational and health services research and training (ICOHRTA), working with partner ICs at NIH. The ICOHRTA will help scientists in low- and middle-income countries, working with U.S. partners, to design and implement essential clinical trials. Gardner comes to FIC from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he was associate dean for academic affairs and professor of medicine.

Rojo Joins FIC as Division Director

Minerva Rojo recently joined FIC as director of its Division of International Relations (DIR). Formerly a foreign affairs officer at the Department of State, she will bring extensive international experience to overseeing DIR, which promotes the international exchange of scientists and fosters cooperation in biomedical research throughout the world. Most recently, she was acting deputy of the State Department office of environmental policy, where she was responsible for developing and implementing U.S. foreign policy on environmental matters in a number of multilateral organizations, including the U.N. Environment Program, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the World Trade Organization and WHO.

Schmitt Named Scientific Review Administrator

Dr. Clare Schmitt is the new scientific review administrator of the Center for Scientific Review's special reviews study section that reviews Small Business Innovation Research grant applications for the infectious diseases and microbiology integrated review group. She holds a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Texas at Austin. She did postdoctoral research at the Uniform Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, where she studied food-borne pathogens. Schmitt eventually became a research assistant professor in the USUHS department of microbiology and immunology and conducted both basic and applied research on Salmonella, E. coli and Campylobacter.

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