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Dr. Perry J. Blackshear

Dr. Perry J. Blackshear of Duke University Medical Center has been named director of the Office of Clinical Research at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The institute is focussing on more work with patients to determine the health impact of environmental hazards and environmentally associated diseases, as well as greater cooperation with the medical programs at Duke and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Blackshear, an endocrinologist, has been a professor of medicine and biochemistry and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Duke. His research interests include mechanisms of hormone action, insulin control of cellular processes, and drug delivery systems. He has published more than 160 articles and book chapters on these subjects.

NIDA Names New Branch Chiefs

Dr. Andrea Baruchin

The National Institute on Drug Abuse recently named two new branch chiefs.

The Science Policy Branch welcomes Dr. Andrea Baruchin as new chief. She was previously associate director of science policy in the Office of Science Policy and Program Planning, NIMH.

She has received several honors including recognition for sustaining a high quality level of work performance in 1996 and the NIMH Special Act or Service Award in 1995. She has also been a member of the evaluation committee for the Westinghouse Science Talent Search and was a recipient of an NIMH predoctoral traineeship in behavioral neuroscience.

She has authored and collaborated on publications on such topics as biomedical ethics and human subject issues, molecular neurobiology of stress and the catecholamine biosynthetic pathway in the rat adrenal medulla, and human gene linkage studies in somatic cell hybrids.

Beverly Wyckoff Jackson

Beverly Wyckoff Jackson recently became chief of the Public Information Branch. She has an extensive background in health and science communication, having headed public affairs at Children's Hospital and the American Psychological Association. In addition, she owned a public relations firm for many years that specialized in marketing activities for a variety of health-related associations, hospitals and scientific societies.

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