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Fujii Joins Center for Scientific Review

Dr. Joanne Fujii recently joined the Center for Scientific Review as the scientific review administrator of the MCDN-7 study section in the molecular, cellular and developmental neuroscience initial review group. The section will review applications in the areas of axonal outgrowth, differentiation of synapses and regeneration. Fujii comes from the department of anatomy and cell biology at Wayne State University School of Medicine, where she received teaching awards in 1997 and 1998. Her research interests include the development of synaptic terminals and calcium handling mechanisms in embryonic neurons.

Kimmel to Head NIDDK Diabetic Nephropathy Program

Dr. Paul Kimmel has joined the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to head the Diabetic Nephropathy Program. He is on leave from George Washington University Medical Center where he is professor of medicine in the division of renal diseases and hypertension. Kimmel is a nephrologist who specializes in research and treatment of kidney diseases associated with diabetes and HIV infection. His special interests are the immunologic and psychologic adaptations of patients to chronic renal insufficiency and end-stage renal disease.

Abeles Takes on Special Projects in OBSSR

Dr. Ronald Abeles recently joined NIH's Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, where he will collaborate with its director, Dr. Norman Anderson, and other OBSSR colleagues on several trans-NIH initiatives in the behavioral and social sciences. Abeles's work will enhance a focus on older populations.

Among his initial activities will be educational workshops for interdisciplinary research, implementing the anticipated congressionally mandated initiative on mind/body research, and assisting in other projects. He will be exploring a possible new initiative on conceptualizing and measuring the social environment in behavioral genetics research. Abeles will also continue to serve as chair of the NIH behavioral and social sciences research coordinating committee as well as of the organizing committee for the NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Lecture Series.

Abeles will also continue, on a limited basis, his program development activities at the National Institute on Aging related to the personality and social psychology of aging and adult psychological development.

He has published widely on aspects of life-course and aging research.

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