NIAAA Streamlines Organization, Functions
Dr. Enoch Gordis, director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, recently announced a major institute reorganization after completion of a detailed study of NIAAA's extramural research and support functions.
"The last significant institute organizational change was in 1986, and I wanted to make changes in the structure of the institute to reflect the scientific advances and changes in our field," he said. A major component of the reorganization is the establishment of the Office of Collaborative Research, which will have responsibility for all crosscutting programs in NIAAA such as AIDS, women's health, minority programs, health disparities, research centers, institutional research training and international programs. Dr. Faye Calhoun has been appointed director of this new office.
Other changes include assigning the institute's planning and evaluation functions to the Office of Scientific Affairs in order to streamline and integrate all research planning into an organization with scientific expertise.
As part of the organization study, assessments of the effectiveness of NIAAA's administrative operations, research dissemination, and policy/public liaison activities were conducted. Although a number of policy and user issues were identified and new approaches implemented, no organizational changes to these functions were found to be needed at this time.
Gordis reported that the institute's staff, national advisory council and scientific community support the reorganization, and pointed out that the "staff of the Office of the Director was reduced from 17 to 8, which was a significant streamlining event for NIAAA."
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