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Peters Joins NIGMS

Dr. N. Kent Peters recently joined NIGMS as a scientific review administrator in the Office of Scientific Review. His responsibilities include managing the review of selected training, program project, center, and Minority Biomedical Research Support program grant applications, as well as contract proposals. He was formerly a program director for metabolic biochemistry at the National Science Foundation. Before that, he was a professor in the department of chemistry and biotechnology at the Agricultural University of Norway. Peters earned a B.A. degree in biological sciences from Indiana University and a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Michigan. He conducted postdoctoral research at Stanford University.

CSR Names Kotchen as Special Advisor


Dr. Theodore Kotchen
Responding to the need to advance clinical research, the Center for Scientific Review has recruited Dr. Theodore Kotchen to be its special advisor on clinical research review. "Dr. Kotchen has impressive credentials, and he is deeply committed to helping us achieve fair and high quality reviews for clinical research applications," said Dr. Ellie Ehrenfeld, CSR director. "We are pleased that he has accepted this challenging position." He will serve as a liaison with the external clinical research communities, providing information and gathering feedback on CSR's reorganization activities. In addition, he will examine CSR's practices and suggest new approaches to enhance the review of patient-oriented proposals. He will serve part-time and maintain his research and academic efforts at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he is professor of medicine and epidemiology and associate dean for clinical research. Kotchen has been an NIH grantee for many years, studying hypertension control in the laboratory and the clinic, linking population-based studies with physiologic and genetic studies.

Trapido Named Associate Director of NCI Program

Dr. Edward Trapido has been named associate director of NCI's Epidemiology and Genetics Research Program, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences. He will plan, direct and manage NCI's extramural epidemiology and genetic epidemiology research program, which supports more than 400 research grants and cooperative agreements totaling $280 million. Trapido was professor and vice chair of the department of epidemiology and public health, University of Miami School of Medicine. He also was associate director for cancer prevention and control at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and directed the M.P.H. and Ph.D. epidemiology teaching programs. Before joining the University of Miami as an epidemiologist in 1984, Trapido was a staff fellow for 3 years in NCI's intramural epidemiology program.

Sostek Becomes New CSR Division Director

Dr. Anita Miller Sostek has been named director of a newly reconfigured Division of Clinical and Population-Based Studies at the Center for Scientific Review. To better manage its expanding responsibilities for coordinating reviews of NIH grant applications, CSR is reconfiguring its three review divisions into four.

"Dr. Sostek has the outstanding abilities we need to move forward," said Dr. Ellie Ehrenfeld, CSR director. "We have grown enormously and broadened our activities in recent years."

Sostek's division will include five integrated review groups: social sciences, nursing, epidemiology and methods; risk, prevention and health behavior; behavioral and biobehavioral processes; surgery, radiology and bioengineering; and brain disorders and clinical neuroscience. More information about CSR's new divisions is available online at www.csr.nih.gov.

Sostek was previously chief of CSR's biobehavioral and behavioral processes IRG and its predecessor, the behavioral and social sciences IRG. She also served as scientific review administrator of the BBBP-6 study section, which covers child and adolescent psychopathology and developmental disabilities. She holds a master's degree in developmental psychology from the University of Rochester and a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Prior to coming to NIH, Sostek was an associate professor at Georgetown University Medical School, where she studied high-risk infant follow-up as part of an interdisciplinary clinical research team at its Child Development Center.

Whitmarsh Named NIGMS Program Director

Dr. John Whitmarsh recently joined NIGMS as a program director in the Biophysics Branch of the Division of Cell Biology and Biophysics, where he will administer grants in bioinformatics and computational biology. A particular focus of his will be to develop initiatives to attract mathematicians, physicists, engineers and computer scientists to apply their quantitative skills to biological research. Whitmarsh was previously director of the Center for Biophysics and Computational Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For the past 21 years, he served on the UIUC faculty in the plant biology and biochemistry departments. He accepted a visiting professorship at the Max-Volmer Institute for Biophysics and Physical Chemistry in Berlin from 1989 to 1990.

Flawn Is Inn Executive Director

Tyrrell Flawn recently joined the Children's Inn at NIH as executive director. She comes from Austin, Tex., where she was the first non-family executive director of the RGK Foundation. Previously she was executive director of volunteer services and the children's art project at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. "I am pleased to be the newest member of the Children's Inn family," she said. "It's an exciting time at the inn. With new pediatric research at NIH, an expansion in progress, and a committed, ever-growing team of volunteers, NIH friends and community supporters, the future looks bright and full of promise for all of us here at the Children's Inn."


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