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Vol. LXVI, No. 3
January 31, 2014

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Dr. Ann Cashion

NINR Council

Dr. Herbert Tabor

Dr. Dale Lewis


Milestones

Cashion Appointed NINR Scientific Director

Dr. Ann Cashion
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 molecular genetics.

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 intramural program.”

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.

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.


Dr. Herbert Tabor (l) received a framed certificate commemorating his 70-year career at NIH from NIDDK director Dr. Griffin Rodgers

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

Laboratory workplace and two employees wearing protective equipment, following safety procedures
Crew of workers washing windows at the new addition to the Porter Neuroscience Research Center.

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.

ORS director Dr. Alfred Johnson (l) presents Lewis his awards at a recent ceremony.

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