Dr. Deborah B. Henken
Dr. Deborah B. Henken has joined NICHD's Developmental Biology, Genetics and Teratology Branch as a health scientist administrator. She is responsible for administering research in the area of developmental neurobiology and related topics in genetics. She comes to NICHD after completing the Grants Associate Program and is the last individual to participate in the 1-year program of training for research scientists in the development of careers as HSA. The program began in 1963 and trained approximately 180 individuals during that period. Prior to entering the extramural program, Henken was a bench scientist in the Laboratory of Experimental Neuropathology, NINDS.
Dr. Dov Jaron
Dr. Dov Jaron has been named NCRR associate director for the biomedical technology area, which includes several extramural programs such as research project grants (R01's), shared instrumentation grants, and funding to 65 state-of-the-art resource centers nationwide. From 1980, until his new assignment began Sept. 1, he served as professor and director of Drexel University's Biomedical Engineering and Science Institute in Philadelphia. He is an expert in applying bioengineering techniques to cardiovascular research.
Dr. Neal West
Dr. Neal West recently joined NCRR as program director for laboratory animal sciences in the comparative medicine area. This program supports research and resource grants to improve the health care and environment of laboratory animals and establish special colonies for research. West received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and conducted biochemical research for 20 years at the Oregon Regional Primate Research Center. There he investigated the mechanisms of steroid hormone action in the reproductive tracts of nonhuman primates. He came to NIH in 1990 as a grants associate and completed several assignments in NCRR before serving as a scientific review administrator at NCI for almost 5 years.
Drs. Sharon E. Moss and D.G. Patel
Drs. Sharon E. Moss and D.G. Patel are new health scientist adminstrators in NCRR's Office of Review (OR). Moss will review several General Clinical Research Centers grant applications and manage a special emphasis panel for the K-12 Teachers and High School Students Minority Initiative. Patel will review applications for the Research Facilities Infrastructure Program. Before joining NCRR, Moss spent the last 4 years in the Clinical Center as a speech language pathologist. Patel most recently served as a pharmacologist for the Food and Drug Administration.