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Two Join CSR

Dr. Elisabeth Koss is now a scientific review administrator for the risk, prevention and health behavior integrated review group at the Center for Scientific Review. She received her Ph.D. in psychology from the City University of New York and first came to NIH as a senior staff fellow in the Laboratory of Neuroscience at NIA. She went on to serve as project officer and NIH liaison for the World Health Organization Special Program for Research on Aging before joining the faculty at Case Western Reserve University, where she studied cognitive and behavioral aspects of aging and dementia. She returned to NIH to serve as assistant director of the Alzheimer's Disease Centers Program at NIA for the past 4 years before joining CSR.

Dr. Sandra Melnick recently joined the Center for Scientific Review as a scientific review administrator in the health of the population integrated review group. She will oversee a new study section that will review grant applications on the epidemiology of infectious diseases, reproductive health, asthma and other pulmonary diseases. Melnick has been chief of the NCI Analytic Epidemiology Research Branch for the past 8 years. Prior to that, she was with the Office of AIDS Research and the NIAID Division of AIDS.

Four Join NIAID Advisory Council

Four new members have joined the National Advisory Allergy and Infectious Diseases Council. They are Dr. Richard Insel, executive vice president of research at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, New York; Dr. Martin G. Myers, professor of pediatrics and preventive medicine and community health at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston; Dr. Shelley M. Payne, professor of molecular genetics and microbiology at the University of Texas at Austin; and Dr. Gary Schoolnik, professor of medicine, microbiology and immunology at Stanford Medical School.

NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci (l) welcomes new council members (from l) Dr. Martin Myers, Dr. Shelley Payne, Dr. Gary Schoolnik and Dr. Richard Insel.

Insel leads the strategic direction and oversight for the approximately $100 million in research grants annually awarded to universities and researchers by JDRF — the world's largest charitable supporter of juvenile diabetes research. He previously served as a professor of pediatrics, microbiology and immunology at University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry Medical Center.

Myers serves as associate director for public health policy and education of the Sealy Center for Vaccine Development at the UT Medical Branch, Galveston. He is also president and board chair of a new nonprofit corporation, Immunizations for Public Health, and is the director and editor for National Network for Immunization Information.

Payne is a member of the Institute of Cellular and Molecular Biology, and distinguished teaching professor at the University of Texas. Her research focuses on the molecular biology of bacterial pathogens including Shigella and Vibrio cholerae; she received an NIH MERIT award for studies on Shigella pathogenesis.

Schoolnik is an attending physician in infectious diseases at Stanford Medical Center. His research employs molecular genetic and genomic methods and combines laboratory and field work (in Mexico and Bangladesh) to study infectious agents in developing countries.
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