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Densmore Appointed to NIDDK Division

Christine Densmore recently joined the NIDDK Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition as project officer of the division's Bariatric Surgery Clinical Research Consortium (BSCRC). She will oversee all aspects of the BSCRC, which will facilitate coordinated clinical, epidemiological and behavioral research in bariatric surgery through clinical protocols, a sample repository and a bariatric surgery database. With more than 12 years of experience in clinical research conduct and oversight, Densmore will also handle the division's data and safety monitoring responsibilities as clinical research studies coordinator. She earned a master's degree in neuropsychology in 1998 from George Mason University. Before joining NIDDK, Densmore coordinated the clinical component of NIAMS's extramural program and the clinical program in an NCI intramural laboratory.

Two Join FNIH Board

Mark D. Ein and Dr. Ellen V. Sigal have joined the board of directors of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.

Ein is founder and chief executive officer of Venturehouse Group, LLC, a holding company that creates, invests in and builds technology and telecommunications companies. Prior to forming Venturehouse, he was a principal with the Carlyle Group, a large private equity firm with offices around the world.

Sigal is the founder and chairperson of Friends of Cancer Research, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the nation's progress toward prevention and treatment of cancer. She also serves on the board of scientific advisors for the National Cancer Institute and is a member of the NIH director's Council of Public Representatives.

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