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Thomsen Appointed NCCAM Communications Director

Christy A. Thomsen recently joined the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine as director of the Office of Communications and Public Liaison, where she will develop initiatives to disseminate science-based information on complementary and alternative medicine research. Prior to NCCAM, she served for 7 years as chief of the Cancer Information Service, an NCI national information and education network. Thomsen began her career at NIH in 1986. The author of numerous publications for cancer patients and their families, she has received many awards and commendations, including the NIH Director's Award.

Komisaruk Joins NIGMS as Program Director

Dr. Barry R. Komisaruk recently joined NIGMS as a program director in the Division of Minority Opportunities in Research. He comes to NIGMS from Rutgers, where he was a professor in the department of psychology and director of the university's Minority Biomedical Research Support program. Komisaruk conducted postdoctoral research as a National Institute of Mental Health fellow at the Brain Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests include the neurophysiology, pharmacology, and endocrinology of reproductive behavior, and analgesia in laboratory animals and humans. He is a member of several professional societies, including the Society for Neuroscience and the American Physiological Society.

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