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Kinsel Named NCCAM Associate Director

By Anita Greene

Dr. Jane F. Kinsel was recently appointed associate director for science policy and operations at the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. In this position, she will serve as senior advisor to NCCAM's director on science, science policy and other strategic issues, as well as oversee rigorous planning for and evaluation of the center's scientific initiatives and operating programs. In addition, Kinsel replaces Dr. Richard Nahin as executive secretary of the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Dr. Jane F. Kinsel

"This position offers a unique opportunity to design, direct and implement an innovative and aggressive program to plan the center's investments across the many complex areas of science in complementary and alternative medicine research, to critically appraise the success of those investments and to help articulate their results to our many stakeholders," said Dr. Stephen E. Straus, NCCAM director. "Dr. Kinsel brings extraordinary scientific, strategic and managerial expertise to her new position, and I am confident that she will greatly enhance the center's capacity to navigate thoughtfully through the many challenges and opportunities of research in CAM."

Kinsel began her career at NIH in 1989 as chief of the pharmaceutical affairs section of the Pharmaceutical and Regulatory Affairs Branch at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. She later became assistant director of NIAID's Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. In 1998, she advanced to director of NIAID's Office of Policy Analysis. Prior to her NIH career, Kinsel was a pharmacologist in the Division of Bioequivalence at the Food and Drug Administration.

Throughout her NIH career, Kinsel has contributed extensively in many areas. While at NIAID, she helped develop a strategic plan for health disparities, as well as a strategic plan for the institute. She coordinated the institute's annual planning cycle, and advised various task forces on planning needs of the institute.

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