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Warner Named Associate Director of BAP Program

Dr. Huber R. Warner has been named associate director of the Biology of Aging Program at the National Institute on Aging. BAP funds basic research to identify and characterize the genetic and environmental factors that play a role in aging and are risk factors for age-related pathology. Warner expects the program to expand its research in the areas of functional genomics, stem cells, use of microarray analysis, and gene and cell replacement therapy. He joined NIA in 1984 to manage the Molecular Biology Program, and the following year was promoted to chief of the Molecular and Cell Biology Branch. In 1988, he became deputy associate director for the BAP. He spent 20 years at the University of Minnesota as a professor in the department of biochemistry before moving to NIA.

Hoover Named NCCAM Executive Officer

Camille Hoover was recently appointed executive officer for the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. She will serve as an administrative partner to the director, Dr. Stephen E. Straus, identifying opportunities and leading the design and implementation of innovative business and management systems.

"Camille's vast experience makes her particularly sensitive to human resource and interpersonal issues, as well as providing her important insights into the patient's perspective and needs in medical research," Straus said.

Camille Hoover began her career as a social worker at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1986. Two years later, she joined NIH's Clinical Center as a social worker for the Surgery Branch of the National Cancer Institute. In this capacity, she developed a comprehensive social work program for more than 1,000 patients participating in branch protocols while she served as a field instructor for master's level social work interns, and as a member of the NCI intramural review board. In 1991, Hoover was selected for the Management Intern Program, providing an opportunity for her to switch from clinical to administrative work.

Building on her skills as a social worker, Hoover expanded her talents by becoming administrative officer for NCI's Surgery Branch in 1992. In 1995, she was promoted to manager of one of NCI's largest Administrative Resource Centers, where she was responsible for the leadership and oversight of more than 700 program staff within the Division of Clinical Sciences. Dr. Edison Liu, director of the division, commented on Hoover's style: "She is a cross between Mother Teresa and Gen. Norman Schwartzkopf...a strange but wonderful mix of comfort and command, of gentleness and drive."

Four Join NIAAA Advisory Council

Four new members have been appointed to the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. They are:

Dr. Alpha Estes Brown, senior minister of Community United Methodist Church, and chair and founder of the Cause Children Count Coalition, Inc., in Washington, D.C. He has served in various adjunct and clinical faculty positions related to alcohol and other drug issues and currently is adjunct assistant professor at the George Washington University School of Public Health.

Dr. Richard A. Deitrich, professor and vice chairman of pharmacology, University of Colorado School of Medicine, and faculty research associate, Institute for Behavioral Genetics, University of Colorado. For nearly 30 years, he has lectured on the subject of alcoholism in society.

NIAAA director Dr. Enoch Gordis (front, r) and deputy director Dr. Mary Dufour welcome new members to their institute's council. They are (standing, from l) Dr. Alpha Estes Brown, Dr. Richard A. Deitrich and Dr. Reuben Gonzales. Not shown is new member Sheryl Ramstad Hvass.

Dr. Rueben A. Gonzales, associate professor, department of pharmacology, University of Texas, Austin. In addition to teaching on topics in pharmacology and neuroscience to graduate and pharmacy students, his research activities include the use of microdialysis techniques to explore the neurochemical basis of alcohol-induced behavior.

Sheryl Ramstad Hvass, commissioner, Minnesota department of corrections. She is a strong advocate for the provision of alcohol and other drug treatment to offenders and is a national leader in the field of alcoholism and corrections policy.

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