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Vol. LXIV, No. 21
October 12, 2012

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Ferreira Named Executive Officer of NINR

Ana M. Ferreira was recently appointed executive officer and director of the Division of Management Services at the National Institute of Nursing Research. She will serve as a key administrative advisor to the NINR director, identifying opportunities to improve management systems and streamline institute operations.

Ana M. Ferreira
Ana M. Ferreira

“Ana is a valuable addition to our senior leadership team,” said NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady. “Her record of service is one of continual improvement to the institute’s many administrative programs and operations.”

Ferreira started her NIH career in 1986. Initially she provided administrative support to the Laboratory of Neurobiology at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and was then an administrative officer at the Clinical Center’s nursing department.

In 2000, Ferreira joined NINR as an administrative officer for the Division of Intramural Research. In August 2009, she began serving in the dual role of deputy executive officer and chief, Administrative Management Branch, working closely with NINR’s division directors and executive officer on administrative, financial and information technology projects and initiatives.

Ferreira has a master of public administration degree from American University and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. She has received numerous awards in recognition of her accomplishments including an NIH Merit Award, a special citation from the HHS assistant secretary for health and Director’s Awards from both NINR and the Clinical Center.

Burton Is NIAMS Chief Information Officer

La’Tanya Burton was recently appointed chief information officer and chief of the Scientific Information Technology Branch at NIAMS. In her new role, she will plan and direct all of the institute’s information technology efforts.

La’Tanya Burton
La’Tanya Burton

“La’Tanya’s technical experience, strong leadership skills and proven track record make her a great addition to the NIAMS senior staff,” said Gahan Breithaupt, NIAMS associate director for management and operations.

Burton comes from the National Weather Service’s Telecommunications Operations Center, where she served as branch chief for IT business coordination, acquisitions and project management. Her responsibilities included the transfer of large data sets between multiple federal agencies and various countries.

Between 1999 and 2010, Burton worked at NIH as an IT service manager for the Office of the Director, Office of Research Services and Office of Research Facilities, where she was responsible for the IT service desk that supported more than 2,500 end users and more than 80 systems applications. She also performed business process re-engineering activities, managed the infrastructure team and served as project officer for the IT services management initiative implementing the IT infrastructure library.

Burton retired in 2009 from the Army Reserves as a chief warrant officer after 23 years of service. She served two tours of duty in the Middle East for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm (1990-1991) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003-2004).

Burton received her master of general administration with a concentration in management information systems from the University of Maryland in 1992, and a bachelor of science in computer science in 1986 from Shippensburg University.

Andres, First NIA Clinical Director, Dies at 89

Dr. Reubin Andres
Dr. Reubin Andres

Dr. Reubin Andres, an early leader in the field of aging research and the first clinical director of NIA, died on Sept. 23 in his sleep at his Baltimore home. He was 89.

“I am saddened to hear the news of Dr. Reubin Andres’s passing. His legacy will most certainly be his dedication and vision in research on aging. Reubin was a true pioneer, a valued mentor and colleague and a marvelous human being,” said NIA director Dr. Richard Hodes.

Andres joined the Gerontology Research Center (the precursor to NIA) in 1962, where he was assistant chief and head of the GRC’s metabolism section. He was later named the first clinical director of NIA, serving in this position from 1977 until 1998. He also was a professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Andres was named an NIH scientist emeritus at the time of his retirement in 2003. He was cited for his productive research career that included the invention of the glucose insulin clamp technique, a method that remains the gold standard in the study of glucose and insulin homeostasis in man; his original and fundamental observations on the hormonal abnormalities in diabetes mellitus; and his recognition that mortality follows a U-shaped curve as a function of body mass index with the minimal mortality/maximal longevity associated with higher body mass index than prior work suggested.

Among his many achievements, Andres played a critical role in the development of the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, now in its 54th year, and developed a nomogram, a graphical calculating device, to make clinical judgments in suspected cases of diabetes, based on glucose tolerance test results and age.

“Dr. Andres was a luminary in aging research,” said NIA deputy director Dr. Marie Bernard. “He is known for his work with Dr. Nathan Shock and others investigating longitudinal changes with aging. His research related to nutritional changes with aging guided generations of subsequent investigators.”

Andres received many awards for his work in aging. He was the recipient of the 1974 Gerontological Society Kleemeier Award for his outstanding contributions to aging research; the Albert Renold Award from the American Diabetes Association; the 1993 Rank Prize for Nutrition at the Royal Society in London for his invention of the glucose insulin clamp; the Lifetime Achievement Award in Geriatric Endocrinology from Serono Symposia; the Clinical Research Award from the American Aging Association and the American College of Clinical Gerontology and the Enrico Greppi Gerontology Prize from the Societa Italiana di Gerontologia e Geriatria.

Andres was a member of numerous professional and medical societies including the American Diabetes Association, American Federation for Aging Research, American Federation for Clinical Research and the Gerontological Society of America. He has also served on several task forces and research committees and was on the editorial board of the Journal of Gerontology.

Andres received his medical degree from Southwestern Medical College in Dallas and interned at Gallinger Municipal Hospital in Washington, D.C.

“With the passing of Dr. Andres, we have lost a great man and an extraordinarily talented and generous scientist. I am sure that his name will continue to inspire generations of researchers on aging in years to come,” said NIA scientific director Dr. Luigi Ferrucci.

Andres is survived by his wife, Amelia, his children Julie Schwait, Clay Andres, Laurence Andres and Thomas Andres, and seven grandchildren.

Deatherage Leads NIGMS Cell Biology Branch

Dr. Jim Deatherage
Dr. Jim Deatherage

Dr. Jim Deatherage is the new chief of the Cell Biology Branch in the NIGMS Division of Cell Biology and Biophysics. The branch supports studies of fundamental processes of cell function, organization, division and differentiation. It also supports the development of technologies for basic research on cells and tissues.

Deatherage joined NIGMS in 1991 as a program director. In addition to overseeing grants and fellowships in cell biology and cellular imaging, he has led a variety of efforts to advance research in these areas. He has received numerous NIH and NIGMS awards for this work, as well as for coordinating the popular NIGMS Feedback Loop e-newsletter (now a blog) for grantees and applicants.

In his branch chief position, he plans to continue efforts to encourage new research directions in cell biology, to provide support and resources for applicants and to promote communication between NIGMS and the scientific community.

Deatherage received a B.S. in biochemistry from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Cornell University, where he also did postdoctoral research. He was a postdoctoral fellow and staff scientist at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England, as well as a faculty member in the department of biochemistry at the University of Arizona. While at NIGMS, he also did a detail in CSR as a scientific review officer.

NIDDK Grantee Starzl Wins 2012 Lasker Award

Dr. Thomas E. Starzl (l), winner of a 2012 Lasker award for his pioneering efforts in organ transplantation, is congratulated by NIDDK director Dr. Griffin Rodgers.

Dr. Thomas E. Starzl (l), winner of a 2012 Lasker award for his pioneering efforts in organ transplantation, is congratulated by NIDDK director Dr. Griffin Rodgers.

Photo: Ellen Jaffe

Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, distinguished service professor of surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a longtime NIDDK grantee, received the 2012 Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award—shared with Dr. Roy Calne, University of Cambridge emeritus—for his work developing liver transplantation, an intervention that has restored normal life to thousands of people with end-stage
liver disease.

Starzl is the first person to perform a human liver transplant. He is a longtime NIH grantee, a former NIDDK Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) awardee and has served on the NIDDK digestive diseases advisory board. He also earned a 2004 National Medal of Science.

“Dr. Starzl is a pioneer in the world of transplantation and his work has saved thousands of lives,” said NIDDK director Dr. Griffin Rodgers. “This award is a most fitting recognition of his many years of unwavering commitment to teaching, research and clinical practice.”

Receiving the award on Sept. 21, Starzl said, “Transplantation services are not provided by single individuals. The team is what counts, and it is on behalf of my research and clinical teams—first in Denver and then in Pittsburgh—that I accept this prize. And by the way, the prize could have gone to one of those courageous kidney, liver or heart recipients who faced the great unknown in the early years and chose to run the uncharted gauntlet of transplantation instead of giving up. Win or lose, these were the heroes.”

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