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Vol. LVIII, No. 11
June 2, 2006

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CSR Names Two Top Managers

Completing a new management team for the Center for Scientific Review, Cheryl Kitt has been named deputy director and Cheryl Oros has been named director of the Office of Planning, Analysis and Evaluation.

Dr. Cheryl Kitt has been named CSR deputy director.  
Dr. Cheryl Oros is the new director of the Office of Planning, Analysis and Evaluation.
Kitt comes from NIAMS, where she had been director of the Extramural Program; Oros hails from the Department of Agriculture, where she was director of the Office of Planning and Accountability in the department's extramural research agency, the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service.

CSR director Dr. Toni Scarpa called the appointees "two uniquely qualified managers. Dr. Kitt brings over a decade of exceptional NIH management experience and Dr. Oros brings broad experience conducting strategic planning, evaluation and policy analysis." He said, "CSR can now go full speed ahead" in the NIH effort to modernize its essential peer review system, which has been used to fund the most promising research grants for 60 years.

Kitt received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in biopsychology, then trained, conducted research and taught as a faculty member at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her research focused on the neurobiology of degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. She is an author of more than 150 book chapters and research papers in Science, Nature and other journals.

She came to NIH in 1995 to be program director for research in pain, neuroendocrinology and neurotoxicology, sleep and circadian rhythms, along with women's health research at NIAMS.

She has worked in trans-NIH activities in the areas of chronic fatigue, sleep, pain and women's health. She has been cochair of the NIH extramural staff workgroup on pain, a founder of the NIH Pain Consortium and the 2003 recipient of the John and Emma Bonica Public Service Award from the American Pain Society. She was the key coordinator for a trans-NIH research working group that won the NIH Director's Award in 2004 for fostering research in muscular dystrophy.

Oros is a veteran evaluation and planning director who has studied health programs and policies at the Department of Agriculture, the Government Accounting Office, Georgetown University and other private organizations in Washington for 25 years. She received her doctorate in psychology, specializing in applied research and evaluation, at Kent State University.

An advocate of transparent government processes, she invites participation and the cross-fertilization of ideas. Oros says she believes in "using feedback from the people affected by organizational plans."

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