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Dr. Kalman F. Salata recently joined the Center for Scientific Review. He comes from Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where he began as a research chemist in 1988 before rising to acting chief of the research operations service. He has also been on the faculties of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and Bowling Green State University. With his broad range of experience and publications in biochemistry, immunology, pharmacology, transfusion medicine and tropical diseases, Salata joins CSR as an assistant chief of referral, to help assign applications for scientific review and funding consideration.

Dr. Derrick C. Tabor has joined NIGMS as a special expert in the Division of Minority Opportunities in Research (MORE). He is currently on a leave of absence from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, where he is an associate professor of chemistry and chair of the department of natural sciences. As a former program director of the Minority Biomedical Research Support Program at the university, Tabor brings to NIGMS an extensive knowledge of MORE's minority programs at the institutional level.

Brenda J. Velez has been named chief of NIAID's Contract Management Branch. She is responsible for oversight of the institute's research contract activities. She has held various contract positions at NIAID since 1986, including chief of the AIDS clinical research contract section. Prior to joining NIAID, she was a contract specialist in NIMH from 1981 to 1986. Velez is the recipient of numerous awards including the NIH Merit Award, HHS Recognition Award and PHS Special Recognition Award. She is currently chair of the NIAID EEO advisory committee and a member of the NIH Hispanic American advisory committee. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Puerto Rico in 1973.

Dr. J. Ricardo Martinez, a physician with dual research interests in salivary gland function and minority access to health care, has been named director of the Division of Extramural Research, NIDR. He comes to NIH from a post as deputy chairman for research and professor of pediatrics, physiology, and cellular and structural biology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He has a long association with NIH, having served on such groups as the NIH oral biology and medicine study section and NIDR's National Advisory Dental Research Council. His first grant was funded by NIDR in 1968 and the institute continues to fund his work on salivary gland function. He began his tenure at NIDR Sept. 13.

Christine Steyer recently joined NIAMS as its personnel officer. She had been acting personnel officer at NINDS since 1997, and a personnel management specialist there since 1987. She also serves as cochair of the NIH day care oversight board. Previously, she was a staffing specialist at the U.S. Department of Treasury. She joined NIH in 1982 as a personnel assistant at NIMH. Steyer grew up in Chevy Chase and is a 1982 graduate of the University of Maryland, with a degree in personnel management.

Dr. Margaret I. "Peggy" Johnston has returned to NIH to assume two key posts at NIAID. In the newly created position of assistant director for HIV/AIDS vaccines, she will serve as a liaison between the extramural and intramural research communities, and ensure a well-coordinated program. As associate director of the Vaccine and Prevention Research Program in the Division of AIDS, she has primary responsibility for extramural research programs focused on HIV/AIDS vaccines, topical microbicides and other biomedical prevention approaches. She will facilitate the development of multiple promising vaccine and prevention strategies; remodel and unify NIAID's clinical vaccine research programs; and foster new prevention research activities. She will direct the creation and implementation of an overall HIV/AIDS vaccine and prevention research agenda, and research initiatives to address its needs. In 1996, Johnston left NIAID as deputy director of DAIDS to become scientific director (and later vice president for scientific affairs) of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, a scientific and advocacy organization that focuses on the needs and concerns of the developing world.

NCRR welcomes two new scientific review administrators, Drs. John Meyer and Grace Ault, to the Office of Review. Meyer will manage special emphasis panels for biomedical technology and assist with reviews of the General Clinical Research Centers. Ault will manage Research Centers in Minority Institutions and help with GCRCs and special emphasis panels for the Science Education Partnership Award. In 1968, Meyer received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Missouri. After 3 years as a consultant for Mayo Clinic and Foundation, he came to NIH as an NIDR scientist to study formation and disease of mineralized tissues. He later became a scientific review administrator and worked for CSR, NIAID and NCI. Ault earned her Ph.D. in molecular genetics from the University of North Carolina in 1988. She began her NIH career in 1991 as a senior staff scientist in NINDS where she studied the human polyomavirus JCV and how it infects the central nervous system. Since then she has worked as a health science policy analyst in NCI and OD/NIH.


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