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Desimone Named NIMH Scientific Director

Dr. Robert Desimone has been named the next scientific director at the National Institute of Mental Health and director of NIMH's intramural research program.

Dr. Robert Desimone

Desimone, who was appointed chief of NIMH's Laboratory of Neuropsychology (LNP) last year, joined the institute as a staff fellow in the LNP in 1980. He was tenured in 1987 and appointed chief, section of behavioral neurophysiology, LNP, in 1992. He will continue to direct the LNP, where his work focuses on understanding the electrical activity in the brain involved in attention, perception, and memory in nonhuman primates.

Desimone, who earned his doctorate in psychology and neuroscience at Princeton University, is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Troland Award of the National Academy of Sciences, given annually to the most outstanding experimental psychologist under the age of 40. In 1994, he received the Golden Brain Award of the Minerva Foundation for "pioneering discoveries of the visual brain."

Dr. Susan Swedo, who had served as acting SD since February 1995, will return to full-time research.

Bruce Joins NCI as Diversity Director

Christina Bruce has joined the National Cancer Institute as director of diversity and employment programs. She will develop a comprehensive diversity program as well as oversee the operation of NCI's EEO office. Bruce, a Cuban-American, comes to NCI from Project Management Group, Inc., a consulting firm that provides multidisciplinary management consulting services in the area of EEO and employment law. She comanaged a 3-year discrimination education and outreach program for the state of Florida's department of health and rehabilitative services. Prior to her work as a management consultant, she was executive assistant to the president of Florida International University for 8 years.

Rimer Appointed Director of New NCI Division

Dr. Barbara K. Rimer has been appointed the first director of the newly created NCI Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, which will become the new focus for research programs aimed at studies in populations, behavior, surveillance, special populations, outcomes and other aspects of cancer control. Since 1991, Rimer had been director of cancer prevention, detection and control research at Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center. In 1993 she became a tenured professor of community and family medicine at Duke. She also served as chair and member of the National Cancer Advisory Board from 1995 to 1997 and has achieved prominence for her research on the behavioral aspects of cancer control.

Hiatt Named NCI Division Deputy Director

Dr. Robert A. Hiatt has been named deputy director of NCI's new Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences. He brings a wealth of experience in developing and directing major research programs in cancer epidemiology and behavioral science. The Pathways to Cancer Control project that he has led in California has been a model in developing ethnically appropriate interventions to reduce smoking and increase cancer detection among underserved populations. He was associated with the division of research of Kaiser Perma-nente in California from 1977 until 1988, when he joined the Northern California Cancer Center, becoming director of prevention services there in 1991.

NIDDK Advisory Council Gains Four

NIDDK recently welcomed four new advisory council members. They include:

Genevieve J. Jackson, chair of the Navajo Nation Council's health and social services committee in Window Rock, Ariz., who will review grants in the diabetes, endocrine and metabolic diseases subcouncil.

Three joined the digestive diseases and nutrition subcouncil: Dr. Kristen McNutt, president of Consumer Choices, Inc., and editor of Consumer Magazines Digest, is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences' board of agriculture and the National Consumers League.

Dr. D. Montgomery Bissell is professor of medicine and director of the division of gastroenterology at the University of California, San Francisco. He also directs UCSF's Liver Core Center, which is supported by NIDDK, and edits Hepatology.

Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky is chief of the gastrointestinal unit and associate chief of medical services at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is editor of Gastroenterology and also directs the NIDDK-funded Center for the Study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

NIAID Council New Members
NIDDK director Dr. Phillip Gorden (second from l) welcomes new council members (from l) Dr. Daniel Podolsky, Dr. Kristen McNutt, Dr. D. Montgomery Bissell and Genevieve Jackson.

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