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Martin To Direct CSR Division

Dr. Michael Martin has recently joined the Center for Scientific Research as director of the Division of Physiological Systems. He will coordinate and monitor the initial peer review of grant applications submitted to NIH in the areas of cardiovascular sciences; endocrinology and reproductive sciences; integrative, functional and cognitive neurosciences; musculoskeletal and dental sciences; nutritional and metabolic sciences; and pathophysiological sciences. The reviews are conducted by six integrated review groups, which consist of about 40 standing study sections.

Dr. Michael Martin

A native of San Francisco, Martin did his undergraduate work at the University of California in Berkeley. His graduate and postdoctoral studies were at the University of Bristol in England, where he received his Ph.D. in physiology (neurosciences) for research characterizing the role of amino acids as neurotransmitters. In 1977, he returned to the United States and to NIH, where he was a senior staff fellow and a research pharmacologist in the Laboratory of Neuro-Otolaryngology within the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

In 1985, he left the lab and joined the NIH Grants Associate Program, designed to assist NIH scientists making the transition from research to science administration. Martin then became program director for basic cancer biology in the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Biology Branch. From there, he became deputy associate director for extramural activities in the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, a position he held until joining CSR.

Martin has published extensively and has received many awards, including the NIH Director's Award that he received in recognition of his "resourcefulness and leadership displayed in the scientific and fiscal management of NIGMS' grant programs and for significant contributions to several NIH initiatives." CSR director Dr. Ellie Ehrenfeld praised Martin's "wealth of NIH experiences as well as his wonderful scientific, managerial, analytical and personal skills."

Currently, Martin is the NIH representative in the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (government relations board). He is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and has been active in American Indian outreach activities at NIH. Martin is also well-known for his other avocation, birding. This interest has taken him from Scotland to New Zealand, from Alaska to the Amazon, and he has probably seen a fourth of the 9,300 species of birds on Earth.

Hoeksema is New NIA Legislative Officer

Mary Jo Hoeksema

Mary Jo Hoeksema has been named NIA's new legislative officer. She was an NIH presidential management intern from 1995 to 1997, then was special assistant to the director, Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration, 1997 to 1998; there she helped coordinate NIH extramural reinvention activities. Prior to joining NIH, Hoeksema, a native of New Mexico, worked on Capitol Hill, holding legislative staff positions between 1990 and 1995.

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