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Pettigrew Is First NIBIB Director

Dr. Roderic I. Pettigrew has been named first director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. He is currently professor of radiology, medicine (cardiology) and bioengineering and director of the Emory Center for MR Research, Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. He is expected to begin his appointment in late August or early September 2002. NIBIB was established in December 2000 and awarded its first grants in April 2002. Its mission is to improve health by supporting fundamental research in bioengineering and bioimaging science and transferring the results to medical applications. The institute also coordinates ongoing efforts of NIH centers and institutes and exchanges information with other federal agencies. Pettigrew is known for his pioneering work at Emory involving dynamic three-dimensional imaging of the heart using magnetic resonance (MRI). He also was co-developer of the first computer software package specifically designed for cardiac imaging using MRI. He has received multiple grants from NIH for his research on cardiac imaging. More information on Pettigrew and NIBIB can be found at:

Bautista Joins CSR

Dr. Abraham Bautista recently joined the Center for Scientific Review as scientific review administrator for the AIDS and related research 2 and 5 study sections. He studied antibiotic resistance to tuberculosis and other microorganisms at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines, where he earned an M.S. in biological sciences. Investigating the mode of action of antibiotics, he received a diploma at the University of Tokyo, Japan. Bautista earned his Ph.D. in medicine and immunology from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, studying immunology and macrophage activation in tuberculosis and diabetes. He was most recently a professor of physiology at Louisiana State University Medical Center, studying chemokine activity related to SIV and HIV infections and alcohol use.

Watson Directs Chimpanzee Sanctuary Program

Dr. William Watson, a board-certified laboratory animal veterinarian, has been selected as director of the NIH Chimpanzee Sanctuary Program administered by the National Center for Research Resources. With over 35 years experience as a laboratory animal veterinarian, he will direct program activities to provide lifetime care to chimpanzees that have been designated as no longer needed for biomedical research conducted or supported by federal agencies.

Dr. William Watson

The sanctuary program was established under the Chimpanzee Health, Improvement, and Maintenance and Protection Act, which became law in December 2000. A sanctuary will be established through a competitive contract between NIH, acting on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services, and a successful nonprofit organization. Proposals to establish and operate a sanctuary are currently under review, and an award is expected to be announced in late summer. Watson also will ensure that the sanctuary carries out the appropriate animal care and enrichment practices and will monitor facility modifications and construction, colony maintenance and technical support.

Watson came to NCRR from Tuskegee University where he directed the Comparative Medicine Resource Center; coordinated the Biomedicine Program (Bioethics Center); and taught at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health. He also provided leadership and direction for Tuskegee's Animal Resource Program.

Before his responsibilities at Tuskegee, he held similar positions at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, which supported a multimillion dollar biomedical research program and an animal resources program.

Watson also has served in the PHS Commissioned Corps at NIH, heading the first primate research unit and then the small animal section of the Veterinary Resources Branch. He also served in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps.

He is a long-time NIH grantee, has published in many peer-reviewed journals, and has received numerous special recognitions and honors.

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