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Flicker Joins NIGMS

Dr. Paula F. Flicker recently joined the staff of NIGMS as a program director in the Division of Cell Biology and Biophysics, where she will manage grants dealing with cell attachment, the extracellular matrix and the biophysical properties of proteins with prosthetic groups. She will also administer postdoctoral fellowships in cell biology. Flicker is a biophysicist and electron microscopist who comes to NIGMS from Vanderbilt University, where since 1989 she served on the faculty of the department of molecular biology. Prior to joining Vanderbilt, she served as a research associate at the University of California, San Francisco, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, in the department of biochemistry and biophysics.

Henderson Named to NCI Post

Marianne Henderson has been named chief, Office of Division Operations and Analysis in the NCI Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics. She has worked at NIH since 1988, initially as a biologist in the NCI Laboratory of Genetics. Henderson has worked from 1995 to 1999 as lead scientific program specialist for the NCI Division of Basic Sciences. She designed and implemented the prototype Annual Research Directory for DBS. Since its publication, other divisions of NCI and institutes of NIH have used it as a template to publish their own directories. She also served as a consultant for the design of the annual reports and directory information in a searchable Web-based format for the intramural program at NCI.

New Appointments in OD

There have been several new appointments made in the Office of the Director recently.

Frederick Walker became the new executive officer for OD, replacing Steve Benowitz, on Oct. 1. Walker has a long background in human resource management at NIH, serving most recently as director, Division of Senior and Scientific Employment, Office of Human Resource Management. He has also been acting deputy director of OHRM for the past year. He was the OD personnel officer from 1982 to 1990, among other posts at NIH.

Dr. Paul Coates has been appointed director of the Office of Dietary Supplements. He has experience in academic research in biochemistry and more recently as deputy director of NIDDK's Office of Nutrition Research Coordination, where he was involved with development of Healthy People 2010. He is currently leading NIH efforts to hold a national nutrition conference in 2000 with the Department of Agriculture.

Dr. Stephen Groft, head of NIH's Office of Rare Disease Research, is acting director of the Office of Medical Applications of Research while a search is conducted to replace Dr. John Ferguson, who retired recently.

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