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Gross To Lead NIAID Branch

Dr. Michael Gross has joined NIAID's Division of AIDS as chief of the Prevention Sciences Branch in the Vaccine and Prevention Research Program. He will oversee the HIV Prevention Trials Network, Women and Infants Transmission Study and other biomedical and behavioral prevention research initiatives. He comes to NIH from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, where he was a consultant for both the HIV Vaccine Trials Network coordinating center and the HIV Prevention Trials Network statistical and data management center. Prior to that, for 11 years, he was affiliated with Abt Associates, Inc., located in Cambridge, Mass., and Bethesda, most recently as project director and co-investigator for the domestic component of NIAID's HIV Network for Prevention Trials. Gross also served as coordinator of the behavioral reinforcement program in the AIDS bureau of the Massachusetts department of health. During his academic career, he was assistant professor of the history of science at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass.

Nelson Joins Center for Scientific Review

Dr. Janet E. Nelson has joined the Center for Scientific Review as the new scientific review administrator of the special reviews study section, which reviews small business innovation research grant applications in the areas of drug discovery and drug delivery for the biophysical and chemical sciences integrated review group. She comes from the American Chemical Society, where she managed scientific review and administered research grants as a program officer for the Petroleum Research Fund. Nelson received her Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology and conducted synthetic and mechanistic studies of organometallic complexes as a postdoctoral fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Mittelman To Manage VRC Operations

Abe Mittelman has joined the NIH Vaccine Research Center as associate director for management and operations. He oversees a broad range of activities, including program planning and evaluation; policy analysis; financial management; technology transfer; information systems and technology development; support and evaluation activities; human resources management; acquisitions; facility development; and administrative management. Prior to his appointment to the VRC, Mittelman served as managing director of a consultant group to NIAID's research programs, and as a regulatory scientist at the Environmental Protection Agency. He has managed technical, administrative, and budgetary activities for cross-cutting biomedical and health research programs.

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