|NLM Board of Regents Gains Three
NLM director Dr. Donald Lindberg (l)
recently welcomed three new members to the library's board of regents.
They are (from l) Dr. Clement McDonald,
director, Regenstrief Institute, Inc., Indiana University School
of Medicine in Indianapolis; Dr. Cynthia Morton,
W.L. Richardson professor of obstetrics/gynecology and pathology
at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston; and Dr.
James Gray, senior researcher at Microsoft in San Francisco.
Martin Named NIEHS Associate Director
Dr. William J. Martin II joined NIEHS as associate director for translational
biomedicine on Mar. 6. Translational biomedicine focuses on moving
research results from the NIEHS portfolio into clinical practice.
|Dr. William J. Martin II
Martin will ensure that the institute's research is more rapidly
integrated into patient care. He will develop new clinical research
programs, as well as interdisciplinary training initiatives to
extend the influence of environmental health sciences into the
"As a physician-scientist who has worked in both the research
and clinical arenas, Dr. Martin is uniquely qualified to help bridge
the gap between research and patient care," said NIEHS director
Dr. David Schwartz. "He shares my vision that environmental health
science can provide unique approaches to understanding diseases
that affect people around the world. I am thrilled that he has
agreed to join the leadership team at NIEHS. He brings a wealth
of professional and practical experience, and also a vibrant creativity
to this new role."
Martin served as dean of the University of Cincinnati College
of Medicine and is a past president of the American Thoracic Society.
He also served as director of pulmonary and critical care at Indiana
University for 12 years before becoming executive associate dean
for clinical affairs at the university's School of Medicine.
Martin volunteered aboard the Navy hospital ship Comfort as part
of Project Hope during Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. He helped
establish clinics and provide medical services in devastated areas
"I plan to approach my new position at NIEHS with the same sense
of commitment and urgency I felt while working with the Katrina
relief efforts," he said.
Martin received his M.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1974,
and completed his pulmonary and critical care training at Mayo
Clinic in 1979. Following completion of his research training in
the Pulmonary Branch, NHLBI, he joined the staff of Mayo Clinic
as a clinician-investigator in 1981. While on faculty at Indiana
University, he served as a health policy fellow, U.S. Senate, labor
and human resources committee in 1995.
He has written more than 130 research and clinical papers and
has been NIH-funded for the past 24 years. Martin has received
numerous awards including the Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest
award presented to a citizen of Indiana by the state's governor.
NIDDK Council Welcomes Five New Members
NIDDK recently welcomed five new members to its advisory council.
They are (top, from l) Dr. David M. Klurfeld,
a national program leader in human nutrition in the Agricultural
Research Service, Department of Agriculture; Dr.
Mitchell A. Lazar, professor of medicine and genetics and
chief of the division of endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism,
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; Margery
Deutz Perry, past chair of research at the Juvenile Diabetes
Research Foundation International. In the front row are (from l) Dr.
David H. Perlmutter, chair of pediatrics and professor of
cell biology and physiology, University of Pittsburgh School of
Medicine and physician-in-chief at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh;
and Dr. Juanita Lynn Merchant, professor
of internal medicine and molecular and integrative physiology,
University of Michigan. At right is NIDDK acting director Dr.
Two New Members Join NIGMS Council
NIGMS director Dr. Jeremy Berg (c) recently
welcomed two new members to the National Advisory General Medical
Sciences Council. They are Dr. Paula E. Stephan,
professor of economics and senior associate at the Georgia State
University Andrew Young School of Policy Studies; and Dr.
Edwin S. Flores, a managing partner at Chalker Flores, LLP,
a law firm that focuses on intellectual property and patent prosecution
in areas such as biotechnology, nanotechnology and pharmaceuticals.
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