NINR Scientific Director
|Photo: Chip Rose
Dr. Ann Cashion was
recently appointed scientific
director of NINR’s
Division of Intramural
Research. For the past
year, she has served as
acting scientific director;
before that, she was a
senior advisor to the NINR
Office of the Director.
Cashion’s research expertise
focuses on genetic markers that predict clinical
outcomes; her previously funded research and
clinical interests target genetic/genomic and environmental
components associated with outcomes
of organ transplantation. Shortly after earning
her Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee Health
Science Center, Cashion graduated with the 2000
inaugural class of the NINR Summer Genetics Institute,
an intensive research training program in
Prior to her appointment at NINR, Cashion was a
professor and chair of the department of acute and
chronic care in the College of Nursing, University of
Tennessee Health Science Center. During her tenure
as professor, she shared her expertise, mentoring
numerous doctoral students and enabling them
to incorporate genomics into their programs of
research. She also chaired an NIH integrated review
group study section for training applications.
Cashion has numerous publications, serves as a scientific
reviewer for multiple journals and professional
organizations and is a well-known scientist
and leader in the field with many awards and recognitions.
Currently, she serves as a member of the
Institute of Medicine’s Translating Genomic-Based
Research for Health Roundtable.
“Under Dr. Cashion’s leadership, NINR’s Division
of Intramural Research will redouble its research
efforts to better understand the underlying biological
mechanisms of a range of symptoms, their
effect on patients and how patients respond to
interventions,” said NINR director Dr. Patricia
Grady. “She brings extensive expertise to the position
and we are fortunate to have her leading our
NINR Council Welcomes Five New Members
NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady (fourth from l) meets the newest members of the
National Advisory Council for Nursing Research. They are (from l) Dr. Bernadette
Mazurek Melnyk, Dr. Marjana Tomic-Canic, Dr. Cynthia Barnes-Boyd, Dr. Jillian Inouye
and Dr. Donna Hathaway.
Photo: Ernie Branson
NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady recently welcomed five new members to the
National Advisory Council for Nursing Research:
Dr. Cynthia Barnes-Boyd is a senior director for the office of the vice president
for health affairs at the University of Illinois Health Sciences System, a clinical
associate professor at the UI-Chicago School of Public Health and College
of Nursing and director of UI-Health’s Office of Community Engagement and
Neighborhood Health Partnerships. She is experienced in guiding large-scale
projects that include community partners and working to develop university/
community partnerships to support collaborative research, educational and service
initiatives to address health disparities.
Dr. Donna Hathaway is a university distinguished professor at the University of
Tennessee Health Science Center College of Nursing. Her 20-year NINR-funded
program of research investigates biobehavioral linkages to quality of life outcomes
following organ transplantation.
Dr. Jillian Inouye is associate dean for research and the Tony and Renee Marlon
Angel professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Nursing
and School of Allied Health. Her research program focuses on health disparities,
chronic illness and cognitive behavioral interventions for lifestyle changes.
Dr. Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk is associate vice president for health promotion,
university chief wellness officer and dean of the College of Nursing at Ohio
State University. She is an internationally recognized expert in evidence-based
practice, intervention research and child and adolescent mental health.
Dr. Marjana Tomic-Canic is a professor of dermatology and director of the
Wound Healing and Regenerative Medicine Research Program at the University
of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Her current research focus is the molecular
and cellular mechanisms of wound healing, including human and diabetic models
of wound healing, wound genomics analyses, generating primary cells from
patients’ wound biopsies, local sustained gene delivery, cellular assays of wound
healing and the histology and immunohistochemistry of skin.
NIDDK’s Tabor Reaches 70-Year Milestone
At the NIDDK Employee Appreciation Awards Ceremony on Jan. 6, NIDDK senior investigator Dr. Herbert Tabor (l) received a framed certificate commemorating his 70-year career at NIH from NIDDK director Dr. Griffin Rodgers. Tabor also received a congratulatory letter from President Barack Obama. Tabor and his colleagues were the first to discover the biosynthetic pathway of the polyamines spermidine and spermine and to study the function of the genes involved, as well as to develop sensitive assay procedures. This early research has spawned more than 13,000 papers involving the compounds spermidine or spermine. Tabor was named editor-in-chief of the Journal of Biological Chemistry in 1971 and is now editor-in-chief emeritus. In 1977, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
Photo: Bill Branson
NCI’s Lewis Tops Photo Contest
Dr. Dale Lewis, a staff scientist at the National Cancer Institute, placed both first and second in the ORS Division of Occupational Health and Safety’s third annual “In Focus! Safe Workplaces for All” photo contest. His first-place photo (top right) features a laboratory workplace and two employees wearing protective equipment, following safety procedures. His second-place photo (right) shows a crew of workers washing windows at the new addition to the Porter Neuroscience Research Center. Third place was awarded to two other NCI employees, Diane Poole and Amanda Lyon, for their comic-strip style portrayal of “Safety Girl.” Below, ORS director Dr. Alfred Johnson (l) presents Lewis his awards at a recent ceremony.