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When starting new assignments, world-class leaders
try to hit the ground running. For the recently named director
of the Fogarty International Center, the approach was more like
lifting off the ground flying. No sooner had it been announced
that Dr. Roger I. Glass was FIC's new director than he was on a
flight to Beijing armed with a statement to represent FIC in the
launch of the center-funded Disease Control Priorities Project
(DCPP). Just a few weeks later, he accompanied NIH director Dr.
Elias Zerhouni to the Middle East for a brief visit to Qatar and
a conference in Egypt that covered the DCPP initiative.
Feet now firmly planted on the NIH campus, Glass assumes his official
roles as FIC director and NIH associate director for international
programs. Formerly chief of the viral gastroenteritis section at
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, he joined
FIC on May 22.
|New FIC director Dr. Roger Glass
The thrust of his strategy for the center will be bolstering its
role as the international component of NIH, addressing global health
challenges through innovative and collaborative research and training
programs and supporting and advancing the NIH mission through international
His comments at the Beijing launch of the three DCPP publications reflect his management approach. "As a researcher, I see these
books not as the end of a process but as the springboard for a
renewed effort to relieve the burden of disease worldwide. As director
of Fogarty, I see them as a guide to help us initiate as well as
improve international partnerships and collaborations."
Glass has received numerous awards, including the HHS Secretary's
Award for Distinguished Service, the Outstanding Unit Citation
from the National Center for Infectious Diseases, the Outstanding
Service Medal from the Public Health Service and a PHS Commendation
He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies,
the American Academy of Microbiology, the American Society of Microbiology,
the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American
Society of Virology and the American Epidemiological Society. Glass
is also a fellow in the Infectious Diseases Society of America
and the American College of Epidemiology. He has coauthored more
than 400 research papers and chapters.
He is married to Dr. Barbara Stoll, the George W. Brumley, Jr.
professor and chair of the department of pediatrics at Emory University
School of Medicine and medical director of the Children's Healthcare
of Atlanta at Egleston. He and his wife have three children.
Glass takes the helm from Dr. Sharon Hrynkow, who served as FIC
acting director for 29 months.
Glass graduated from Harvard College in 1967, received a Fulbright
fellowship to study at the University of Buenos Aires in 1967,
and received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and his M.P.H.
from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1972. He joined the
CDC in 1977 as a medical officer assigned to the Environmental
Hazards Branch. Glass received his doctorate from the University
of Goteborg, Sweden, in 1984, and joined the NIH Laboratory of
Infectious Diseases, where he worked on the molecular biology of
rotavirus. In 1986, he returned to the CDC to become chief of the
viral gastroenteritis unit at the National Center for Infectious
His interests are the prevention of gastroenteritis from rotaviruses
and noroviruses through the application of novel scientific research.
He has maintained field studies in India, Bangladesh, Brazil, Mexico,
Israel, Russia, Vietnam, China and elsewhere. He targets his research
toward epidemiologic studies to anticipate the introduction of
rotavirus vaccines. He is fluent, and often lectures, in 5 languages
and is an avid biker and jogger.