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Dearry Named Associate Director of NIEHS
Newly named to be an associate director at NIEHS, Dr. Allen Dearry will head a new Division of Research Coordination, Planning and Translation aimed at ensuring the institute's research gets speedily into the hands of those who can apply it to medical care and public health.
The unit will also seek ways to measure and demonstrate NIEHS' research impact on the health of the American people.
Dearry says that scientific research, by its very nature, can isolate groups of people in their own niches. He says he will promote more collaboration among different disciplines, to enhance the pace of scientific progress. Dearry said part of his job will also be to establish and maintain dialog between the institute and other federal agencies and public organizations.
Previously, Dearry was chief of the Chemical Exposures and Molecular Biology Branch at NIEHS. He was responsible for the NIEHS Centers Program, including Centers for Environmental Health Science; Marine and Freshwater Biomedical Science; and Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research. He has received two HHS Secretary's Awards for Distinguished Service and two NIH Director's Awards and six NIH Merit Awards.
Dearry's new division consolidates the Office of Policy, Planning, and Evaluation; the Office of Communications and Public Liaison; Environmental Health Perspectives, the institute's journal; and library and information services.
Before coming to NIEHS, Dearry spent 2 years as a scientific review administrator at the Center for Scientific Review. From 1988 to 1990, he was an assistant professor of cell biology and ophthalmology at Duke University Medical Center, where his research examined the cell and molecular biology of catecholamine receptors. He played a key role in cloning the gene for the human D1 dopaminergic receptor and deducing its amino acid sequence. He has two United States patents based on this and related research.
From 1981 to 1988, he was first a postdoctoral fellow, then assistant research professor of physiology at the University of California, Berkeley, where his work focused on pharmacological mechanisms of signal processing. He received a doctorate in anatomy from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981.
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