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Fan Joins CSR

The Center for Scientific Review welcomes Dr. Ping Fan as a new scientific review administrator. He will coordinate review of grant applications for the Fogarty International Center's global infectious diseases research and training program as well as its biodiversity, drug discovery and research capacity building programs. In post-doctoral studies at NIAAA, he focused on physiological and pharmacological aspects of neurotransmitter receptors and drugs of abuse. Fan then worked on novel neuronal receptors and therapeutic proteins for Human Genome Sciences, Inc., before moving to Battelle Memorial Institute in Arlington, Va. There, he worked to develop health care data management systems and an FDA database for its tobacco program. Before returning to NIH, Fan was a senior scientist at Igen International, Inc., a Gaithersburg company.

Stokes Appointed Chief Corps Vet

NIEHS's Capt. Bill Stokes has been named chief veterinarian for the Public Health Service Commissioned Officer Corps. He will coordinate veterinary professional affairs and oversee recruitment, retention, career development and readiness of the more than 100 PHS veterinary officers. They are stationed throughout NIH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration and other federal agencies. Stokes is an internationally recognized authority on the humane care and use of laboratory animals for biomedical research and testing, and has authored or co-authored more than 50 publications. He has served on many national and international conference organizing committees, and for 15 years was consultant to the accrediting association for laboratory animal care. Before joining the Corps, he served in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army. He will continue to direct the NIEHS/National Toxicology Program's Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods, which has led the federal government's reform of animal testing by introducing the use of scientifically acceptable non-animal testing to replace tests that exposed animals to harsh chemicals. As a result of this work, Stokes received the Russell and Burch Recognition Award from the Humane Society of the United States. He joined NIEHS in 1990.

Taplin Joins NCI Division

Dr. Stephen Taplin has joined the National Cancer Institute as a senior multidisciplinary scientist for cancer screening evaluation and implementation with the Applied Research Program of the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences. He is a recognized expert in the area of cancer control research, specifically in health services and in the development, evaluation and implementation of high-quality cancer screening, including the evaluation of disparities in cancer care.

Taplin will establish a DCCPS/NCI research forum to prioritize research directions in cancer screening evaluation and implementation in practice. He holds a medical degree from the University of California, Davis, and an M.P.H. from the University of Washington, department of health services. Prior to his appointment, Taplin was associate director of preventive care research within the Center for Health Studies, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, and an affiliate investigator at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Vess Named Chief of NIGMS Branch

Nancy Vess was recently appointed chief of the NIGMS Financial Management Branch. In this position, she will serve as the principal advisor to the institute's director and senior management officials regarding all aspects of budget formulation, presentation and execution. Vess joined NIGMS in 1975 as a grants clerk in what was then known as the Clinical and Physiological Sciences Program and later advanced to a grants financial analyst position. She joined the NIGMS budget office in 1981 as a budget analyst and was promoted to deputy chief in 1984. Vess has served on numerous institute and NIH committees and was a recipient of the NIH Award of Merit in 1991. She earned a B.S. in business administration and accounting from American University.

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