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La Salvia Named DAIDS Associate Director

Thomas La Salvia has been named associate director for scientific information and program planning in NIAID's Division of AIDS. He comes to NIH from the Fenway Community Health Center in Boston, where he was director of research and evaluation. He served as project director there at the NIAID-supported HIV Network for Prevention Trials (HIVNET) site and chair of HIVNET's community education/media relations working group. La Salvia received his bachelor's degree in international relations from the University of Notre Dame, a master's degree in American institutions from the University of Michigan, and a master's degree in public health from Boston University. He completed a 2-year research and clinical fellowship focusing on addictive disorders and HIV prevention/treatment in the department of psychiatry at Harvard University. He is also actively working with UNAIDS, helping to develop vaccine communications strategies for studies to be carried out in developing countries.

Ruiz Bravo Is NIGMS Associate Director for Extramural Activities

Dr. Norka Ruiz Bravo has been named associate director for extramural activities at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. In this position, she will manage a $1.3 billion research and research training grant program in the basic biomedical sciences. She will also advise the NIGMS director on the planning, development, and administration of institute grant activities. Ruiz Bravo came to NIH in 1990 as a scientific review administrator in the NIGMS Office of Scientific Review. In 1992, she became a program director in the NIGMS Division of Genetics and Developmental Biology, leaving in 1997 to become deputy director of the Division of Cancer Biology at the National Cancer Institute. She was named acting director of the division in 1998. In 1999, Ruiz Bravo rejoined NIGMS as deputy associate director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

Starke-Reed Appointed NIDDK Division Deputy

Dr. Pamela Starke-Reed is the new deputy director of NIDDK's Division of Nutrition Research Coordination, which advises the NIH director and others on nutrition research and research training initiatives. She brings an extensive background in pathology, protein oxidation, and nutrition to this position. For the past 8 years, she has developed and promoted nutrition research at the National Institute on Aging, where she directed the protein structure and function and nutrition and metabolism programs in the Biology of Aging Program, and also served as director of the Office of Nutrition. Starke-Reed has authored or coauthored over 30 journal articles and book chapters on protein oxidation and free radical production during aging, and is a member of several professional societies.

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