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Portier, Pritchard Fill NIEHS Posts

A year after he was named acting director of the Environmental Toxicology Program, NIEHS's Dr. Christopher Portier (l) has been chosen to head the program on a permanent basis. "I think he's very knowledgeable and he has done a good job for us," said NIEHS director Dr. Kenneth Olden. "I think it's exciting, and I am optimistic." Meanwhile, Dr. John Pritchard (below) will fill the newly created slot of associate director for research and will coordinateresearch efforts between the intramural and extramural branches and the National Toxicology Program. As ETP director, Portier is also associate director of NTP; Olden is the director. Olden said the addition of Pritchard will lighten some of the load for Portier and will allow Pritchard to focus on overseeing and coordinating research efforts. Olden said merging the research efforts of intramural, extramural and NTP has been one of his objectives for some time. He said the result will be better science all the way around.

Robuck Joins NIDDK

Dr. Patricia R. Robuck recently joined the NIDDK Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition as director of the Clinical Trials Program. There, she will be responsible for managing and coordinating clinical trials in digestive diseases and nutrition, including studies of chronic hepatitis C, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, esophageal varices, pancreatitis, inflammatory bowel disease, and irritable bowel syndrome. She will also serve on a trans-NIDDK work group designed to identify issues and policies within NIDDK's clinical trials program that would benefit from standardization. Robuck comes from FDA, where she directed the Clinical Research Grant Program from 1997 to 2001. In this position, she had responsibility for the clinical research grant program aimed at the development of products for rare diseases and disorders.


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