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Vol. LVIII, No. 11
June 2, 2006

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Glass Assumes Leadership of Fogarty Center

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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.


New FIC director Dr. Roger Glass
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.

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 partnerships.

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 Medal.

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 Diseases.

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.

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