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Two Directors To Depart

The directors of two institutes -- NIDCD and NINDS -- have announced plans to leave NIH this year.

Dr. James B. Snow, Jr., who became the first director, in February 1990, of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, will retire on Sept. 15. He guided the institute through its formative years, establishing a national infrastructure for research and training in hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech and language. He plans to "enjoy life, science and family to the fullest."

Dr. Zach W. Hall, who has been at the helm of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke since Sept. 1, 1994, will leave in December to become associate dean for research at the School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco.

"UCSF has just been given a large plot of land on the bay, and I have been asked to play a leadership role in the development of a new research campus on this site," said Hall in a memo to employees. "It has also recently become clear that leaving San Francisco would represent a significant sacrifice for my wife, a talented English horn player with the San Francisco Symphony. Given these considerations, the decision to rejoin my wife in San Francisco seems clear and incontrovertible."

Hall presided over reorganizations of both intramural and extramural programs at NINDS, and successfully recruited leaders for top institute posts. "Although I look forward to the challenge of a new job, I feel a deep sense of regret as I leave the NIH," he said.

A search committee for a new NIDCD director has been created. NIH director Dr. Harold Varmus said he would move swiftly to find a successor to Hall, who was the first institute director he recruited from the extramural community.


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