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NIDA Council Gains Four

New NIDA council members include (seated, from l) Dr. Gerald H. Friedland, Dr. Hortensia de los Angeles Amaro and Dr. Rand D. Conger. At rear are (from l) NIDA director Dr. Alan I. Leshner and NIDA Deputy Director Richard A. Millstein.


NIDA recently welcomed four new members to its National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse. They include: Dr. Hortensia de los Angeles Amaro, pro-fessor of social and behavioral sciences at Boston University School of Public Health and commissioner of the Boston Public Health Commission; Dr. Andrea Grubb Barthwell, president of the Encounter Medical Group, P.C., Oak Park, Ill., and medical director of the Treatment Alternatives to Special Clients Foundation, Chicago; Dr. Rand D. Conger, professor of sociology and psychology at Iowa State University and director, Institute for Social and Behavioral Research, Ames, Iowa; and Dr. Gerald H. Friedland, director of AIDS Programs at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Yale School of Medicine and professor of medicine, epidemiology and public health at Yale School of Medicine.

Thomas Appointed to SBIR Post at NIAID

NIAID's Vincent A. Thomas, Jr. has been named assistant director for small business innovation research programs and for division operations within the Division of Extramural Activities. In this position, he provides guidance to the NIAID extramural community on research and training opportunities and policies and procedures governing the preparation, review, award and management of extramural SBIR programs. Prior to this appointment, he headed the institute's Management Services Branch for 11 years. From 1980 to 1988, he was chief of the management analysis section in NIAID. He joined the institute in 1977 as equal employment opportunity manager.

Zakhari To Direct NIAAA's Basic Research Division

Dr. Sam Zakhari has been named director of the Division of Basic Research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. He will be responsible for the research portfolios of two branches: the Biomedical Research Branch and the Neurosciences Branch. In addition, he will oversee the National Alcohol Research Centers Program, which supports multidisciplinary research that focuses on aspects of alcohol abuse, alcoholism or other alcohol-related problems. Since 1990, Zakhari has served as chief of the Biomedical Research Branch. His NIAAA association started in 1987 with scientific review administration of the neuroscience and behavior review committee.

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