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Linde Joins NIAMS Legislative Office

Anita M. Linde recently joined the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases as legislative liaison in the Office of the Director. She comes to NIAMS from the NIH Office of the Director, where she served as special assistant to the deputy director for management and as a legislative analyst in the Office of Legislative Policy and Analysis. A Bethesda native, Linde began her NIH career in 1994 as a presidential management intern from Vanderbilt University, where she received a master's degree in public policy.

Hirschberg Named Chief of CSR Review Group

Dr. Rona Hirschberg recently joined the Center for Scientific Review as chief of the infectious diseases and microbiology initial review group and also scientific review administrator of the microbial physiology and genetics-2 study section. Before joining CSR, she had been an associate professor in the division of molecular biology and biochemistry, School of Biological Sciences, University of Missouri-Kansas City. Since 1990, she had also been associate dean in the same school; and from 1995 to 1999, she was director of the metabolic biochemistry program at the National Science Foundation.

Gordon Heads NINDS Office

Dr. Alfred W. Gordon is head of the new Office of Special Programs in Neuroscience, NINDS. Key objectives of the office include developing a diverse, highly trained national workforce of neuroscience research and health professionals; helping minority institutions sustain competitive research programs; and developing effective programs to better serve the needs of regions that rely on minority health institutions. Gordon most recently served as the NINDS special initiatives and developmental programs officer and spent 6 years managing the institute's training grant and career development review committee.

Flores Named Chief of DAIDS Branch

Dr. Jorge Flores has been named chief of the Clinical Development Branch in the Vaccine and Prevention Research Program of NIAID's Division of AIDS. Since 1995, he has served as medical officer in the Efficacy Trials Branch, VPRP, where he made several important contributions to AIDS vaccine research, including bringing plans to initiate the first AIDS vaccine trial in Africa to fruition; formulating and implementing plans to expand AIDS vaccine research in Southern Africa; and contributing to a better understanding of antigenic epitopes shared among various clades of HIV.

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