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Vol. LIX, No. 1
January 12, 2007

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NIAAA Executive Officer Long Joins University of Maryland Cancer Center

Dr. Michael Twery

NIAAA Executive Officer Steve Long left the institute recently to take a position as associate director for administration at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center in Baltimore. His departure followed 36 years in the federal government, 28 of them at NIAAA.

In addition to having had major responsibility for the financial and administrative management of the institute, Long led collaborative initiatives that helped increase awareness of alcohol problems and fostered the use of research as the basis for prevention and treatment. Within the broader NIH community, he was tapped frequently to contribute his expertise on a variety of management issues.

NIAAA director Dr. Ting-Kai Li said, “Steve’s skills as a manager, his familiarity with the workings of government and his knowledge of research administration in general and the alcohol field in particular made him an extraordinary resource to NIAAA. Institute staff relied on his experience and his advice was much sought after in matters that cut across NIH.”

Long was named executive officer of NIAAA in 2000. He had been director of NIAAA’s Planning and Financial Management Branch from 1981 to 1988, when he left the institute to become director of financial management for the then Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Administration. At ADAMHA, he was responsible for managing a $3 billion budget. In 1992, he returned to NIAAA, serving as director of the Office of Policy, Legislation and Public Liaison before being named executive officer.

While at OPLPL, Long led an initiative to help state alcohol treatment centers adopt current, research-based alcoholism treatments despite federal budget cuts. The effort helped states identify sources of funding, form partnerships and connect alcohol researchers with state clinical directors.

In 1998, Long led an initiative to combat the problems of binge drinking on college campuses. The college drinking prevention initiative brought together 10 college presidents, 20 alcohol researchers and a number of college and high school students; this was the first time representatives from research and education had come together to address this issue. The result was a report titled A Call to Action: Changing the Culture of Drinking at U.S. Colleges. It provided a research-based picture of the seriousness of college drinking and a set of evidence- based recommendations to college and university administrators, community leaders, policymakers, parents and students on addressing problems related to drinking on campus. The effort also spawned an award-winning web site on college drinking prevention.

In recognition of his service to the alcohol field, the Research Society on Alcoholism awarded Long the first Seixas Award for Service in 1988. Closer to home, Long has also served the NIH community, most visibly as a member and often chair of trans-NIH committees concerned with such issues as ethics, research services, staff management and the administrative structure of NIH. He took particular pleasure in mentoring numerous interns—from various management intern programs—and he chaired the administrative training committee that oversees NIH’s Management Intern Program and NIH’s participation in the Presidential Management Fellows Program.

NIH Management Intern/Presidential Management Fellow Program Manager Sharon Ballard— for whom Long was a mentor when she was an NIH intern—said, “Steve had an open-door policy with interns. He offered guidance as I sought developmental experiences, insight as I navigated the administrative sphere of NIH, counsel when I struggled with challenges, support as I considered career options and doses of humor when I really needed it. Not only did he help me find answers, he guided me in identifying the right questions.”

For contributions to the training of future NIH managers, Long received the NIH Director’s Award for mentoring.

Twery Named Sleep Center Director

Dr. Michael Twery

Dr. Michael Twery has been named director of the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research, which is administered by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. He has been acting NCSDR director since January 2006 and served in that capacity in 2001. Twery replaces Dr. Carl Hunt, who now serves as special assistant to the NHLBI director.

Over the past 10 years, Twery has been a member of the trans-NIH sleep research coordinating committee and has worked closely with NCSDR and the sleep disorders research advisory board to develop and administer initiatives for sleep medicine research and education, including the Sleep Academic Award program, the NIH curriculum supplement for high schools on sleep, sleep disorders and biological rhythms and the Garfield Star Sleeper education campaign. He also leads the sleep and respiratory neurobiology scientific research group in the NHLBI Division of Lung Diseases, providing oversight of initiatives to study the linkage between sleep disorders and short sleep duration with cardiovascular disease risk factors such as the metabolic syndrome, diabetes and obesity.

“Michael is a talented scientist and excellent administrator who is deeply committed to advancing sleep medicine and to ensuring that scientific advances in understanding the role of sleep in health, performance and disease will help inform researchers in a wide array of related areas such as cardiovascular disease, obesity and other important areas affecting public health and safety,” said NHLBI director Dr. Elizabeth Nabel.

Twery joined NHLBI in 1996 as a health scientist administrator overseeing grants on sleep-disordered breathing, sleep regulation and restorative functions of sleep. He first came to NIH in 1989 as a senior staff fellow at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Previously, he was a member of the research faculty at the University of Texas Medical Branch. His research interests have included neurophysiology, neuropharmacology and endocrinology. He is the author or coauthor of 22 peer-reviewed journal articles and 36 scientific abstracts and he has coauthored 3 book chapters. Twery earned his Ph.D. in pharmacology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.—

Hirschfeld Appointed NICHD Associate Director

Dr. Steven Hirschfeld
Dr. Steven Hirschfeld has been appointed NICHD associate director for clinical research. He will oversee the institute’s portfolio of clinical research, coordinate research policy and provide guidance on human subject protection, regulatory matters, the design of clinical trials and informatics. He is an officer in the Public Health Service and received his M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and his Ph.D. in cell biology from New York University. Upon completion of his pediatric training at the University of California, San Francisco, Hirschfeld was a medical staff fellow in the Laboratory of Developmental and Molecular Immunity. In his most recent position before returning to NICHD, he was a medical officer in the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research at the Food and Drug Administration.

NINR’s Cotton Honored by APHA

Dr. Paul A. Cotton

Dr. Paul A. Cotton of the National Institute of Nursing Research is this year’s recipient of the Catherine Cowell Award for “excellence and achievement in administration, planning, mentoring and team building in public health nutrition, including meeting the special needs of urban populations and young children.” He accepted the award at the 134th annual meeting of the American Public Health Association in Boston on Nov. 5. APHA’s food and nutrition section sponsors the award.

Cotton, program director for the Health Behavior and Minority Health Division of Extramural Activities at NINR, has a distinguished record of service in public health nutrition. At NINR, his areas of science include research in health behavior and minority health, health disparities, women’s health, men’s health and health and risk behaviors research. He has been a member of APHA since 2000 and has served in a leadership capacity in the food and nutrition section since 2001. He is a member of APHA’s executive board, continuing professional education committee and has been chair of the section’s web site committee for the past 4 years. He has served on the food and nutritional sciences advisory committee at Howard University since 1999. He also chaired the diversity committee of the American Dietetic Association in 2004-2005.

Cotton served as director of food programs for a nonprofit organization in Washington D.C., where he spearheaded the award-winning and innovative program MORE (Mothers Organizing Resources for Empowerment). MORE sought educational and job-training opportunities for participants. Cotton continues to serve as a mentor, role model and confidant to students in nutrition and allied health sciences as an executive board member of the National Organization of Blacks in Dietetics and Nutrition.

“Dr. Cotton’s work is important in stimulating the professional development of minority students and facilitating research on improving the nutritional status of children,” said NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady.

APAO Holds Awards Ceremony

Dr. Raynard Kington (r), NIH deputy director, presented the award for scientific achievement to Dr. Keiko Ozato (c) of NICHD. Prahlad Mathur (l).
The NIH Asian and Pacific Islander American Organization held its annual awards ceremony on Dec. 12 in Wilson Hall. Dr. Raynard Kington (r), NIH deputy director, presented the award for scientific achievement to Dr. Keiko Ozato (c) of NICHD. Dr. Michael Gottesman, NIH deputy director for intramural research, received the award for excellence in management. The ceremony was followed by installation of new officers of APAO for 2007. They include Prahlad Mathur (above, l) president; Ihsia Hu, vice president; Norma DeGuzman, co-executive secretary; Dr. Dan Xi, secretary; and Donna Wells, treasurer.

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