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Vol. LXIV, No. 14
July 6, 2012

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NIGMS Scientific Review Office Adds Two

Dr. Robert Horowits Dr. Lisa Newman

NIGMS recently welcomed two new scientific review officers to its Office of Scientific Review. Dr. Robert Horowits (l) coordinates review of Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) program as well as other research and research training grant applications. Before joining NIGMS, he was a tenured senior investigator in the Laboratory of Muscle Biology at NIAMS, where his research focused on the basic molecular mechanisms involved in the development and function of the heart and skeletal muscles. Horowits earned a B.S. in biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Ph.D. in physiology from the University of Pennsylvania. He conducted postdoctoral research at NIAMS and NIDDK. Dr. Lisa Newman (r) handles the review of Institutional Development Award (IDeA), clinical research and research training grant applications. Prior to coming to NIGMS, she was a scientific review officer at the former NCRR. After its dissolution, she held a similar position for a short time at NIMHD. Newman earned B.S. and M.A. degrees in speech from Northwestern University and an Sc.D. in communication sciences and disorders from Boston University. She conducted postdoctoral research at Northwestern University.

O’Mara Receives Bonica Award

Dr. Ann O’Mara

Dr. Ann O’Mara recently received the John and Emma Bonica Public Service Award from the American Pain Society. The award recognizes outstanding contributions by an individual or an organization to the field of pain through public education, dissemination of information, public service or other efforts to further knowledge about pain. O’Mara is head of palliative research in the Division of Cancer Prevention, NCI. She manages a portfolio of symptom management and palliative and end-of-life care research projects. Most of these projects are focused on the more common morbidities associated with cancer and its treatment including pain, chemotherapy-induced neuropathy, fatigue, sleep disturbances and psychosocial issues such as distress, anxiety and depression. She has conducted research on end-of-life care and education of nurses and physicians about palliative care. Her publications have focused primarily on quality-of-life issues facing patients with cancer and their families across the disease trajectory.

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