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CSR Appoints Three New Staffers

Dr. Mariela Shirley has joined the Center for Scientific Review as scientific review administrator for the SSS-N study section, which reviews grant applications for the risk, prevention and health behavior integrated review group. She has studied behavioral interventions to minimize cancer treatment distress and evaluated alcohol use in patients at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo. She also evaluated alcohol use typologies at the Research Institute on Addictions in Buffalo. Shirley then studied health care utilization in comorbid individuals and evaluated brief interventions at the Addiction Research Foundation in Toronto, Canada. Before coming to CSR, she was an assistant professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Dr. Ronald Suddendorf has moved to the Center for Scientific Review to become an assistant chief in its Receipt and Referral Division. He comes from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, where he was a scientific review administrator. He received a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Arizona by advancing analytical methods for elemental analysis. He then joined the Food and Drug Administration and developed bioanalytical methods for identifying toxic and nutritional elements in foods, biological tissues, and environmental samples. Before coming to NIAAA, he evaluated data supplied by pharmaceutical companies to ensure the safety of food products from animals treated with new drugs.

Dr. Shen Yang has joined the Center for Scientific Review as scientific review administrator for the SSS-1 study section, which reviews small business grant applications for the oncological sciences integrated review group. He earned his Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry from Yale University, studying conformational changes of t-RNA. In postdoctoral studies there, he worked on sequencing RNA and purifying aminoacyl-t-RNA synthase for RNA-protein interaction studies. He then studied carcinogen metabolism and the liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry interface at the California Institute of Technology. Yang continued his metabolic research as an NCI senior staff fellow. Prior to coming to CSR, he was involved in metabolic and pharmacokinetic research at DuPont Pharmaceuticals and at Merial.

Five Join Women's Health Advisory Committee

Five new members recently joined the NIH advisory committee on research on women's health. They are: Myrna Blythe, senior vice president, publishing director and editor-in-chief of Ladies Home Journal and More magazines; Dr. Otis Brawley, associate director for cancer detection, control and intervention, Emory University Winship Cancer Institute; Teri Fontenot, president and chief executive officer, Woman's Hospital, Baton Rouge; Dr. Martha A. Medrano, director, Hispanic Center of Excellence, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; and Irene Pollin, founder and chairperson, Sister to Sister Foundation.

On hand at a meeting of the advisory committee on research on women's health are (front, from l) Irene Pollin, ORWH director Dr. Vivian Pinn, and Myrna Blythe. At rear are (from l) Joyce Rudick, ORWH director of programs and management; Dr. Martha Medrano; Dr. Otis Brawley; and Teri Fontenot.

Blythe has worked with the Office of Research on Women's Health for many years to bring women's health research to the public. She was an official American delegate for the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing and served on the host committee that organized the Beijing Plus Five meeting.

Brawley is an oncologist with a wealth of experience in cancer detection, control and community prevention, particularly among minority populations. As cochair of the Surgeon General's task force on cancer health disparities and former director of NCI's Office of Special Populations, he is adept at marshaling federal resources to further research and improve health.

Fontenot brings to the ACRWH many years of experience in hospital and health care administration. Her organizational expertise and financial perspective will provide unique insights into trends in health care that affect women's health research.

Medrano, a psychiatrist with a degree in public health, is an expert on the effects of childhood trauma on women drug addicts and has worked to develop cultural competence teaching materials at the University of Texas.

Pollin has long been an asset to the Washington, D.C., community; as president and founder of the Linda Pollin Foundation, she works to improve the psychological care of chronically ill patients and their families.


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