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Miller Named NEI Scientific Director

Dr. Sheldon S. Miller has been named NEI scientific director. Formerly a professor of molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley, he has focused his research on understanding the regulation and function of epithelial layers throughout the body, especially epithelia from the breast, lung and eye. He is also developing animal models of retinal disease to help establish therapeutic interventions. Miller has authored or co-authored more than 60 scientific papers, and has received continuous grant support from NIH since 1978. He is a member of several professional societies including the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the American Physiological Society, and the Biophysical Society.

Kiely Joins NICHD

Dr. Michele Kiely recently joined NICHD as chief of the collaborative studies unit in the Division of Epidemiology, Statistics and Prevention Research. In this capacity, she has become scientific advisor to the NIH-D.C. Initiative to Reduce Infant Mortality in Minority Populations in the District of Columbia. Her research interest is the application of epidemiology to public health practice. She plans and conducts research that seeks to reduce the high infant mortality rate in the District. Her professional experience includes positions as research scientist at the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities; epidemiologist at the Division of AIDS, NIAID; chief epidemiologist at the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, HRSA; and director of the Cincinnati pediatric research group, Cincinnati Children's Hospital and University of Cincinnati. She is currently the American co-editor of Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology.

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