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December 4, 2015
Milestones
Betty Beall Murgolo
Dr. Bruce Reed

Dr. Bruce Reed has joined the Center for Scientific Review as director of its Division of Neuroscience, Development and Aging. He comes from the University of California, Davis, where he has been a professor of neurology and associate director of its NIH-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Center as well as a neuropsychologist at Veterans Affairs Northern California in Martinez.

“The search committee and I were compelled by Dr. Reed’s impressive expertise and experience,” said CSR director Dr. Richard Nakamura. “He is a well-published neuroscientist in a variety of fields including Alzheimer’s and he has significant management experience.” Nakamura noted that Reed also brings valued extramural perspectives, including those of a long-time reviewer. He also has served as chair of CSR study sections on adult psychopathology and disorders of aging and clinical neuroscience and neurodegeneration.

Reed earned his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine and he did his postdoctoral training at Braintree Hospital in Massachusetts, in conjunction with Tufts New England Medical College and Boston University Medical College.

His research has expanded our understanding of risk factors—especially vascular factors— that accelerate cognitive decline in old age, as well as factors such as cognitive reserve that protect against decline. He is an expert in neuropsychological and brain imaging methods and he has extensive experience in the use of demographically diverse aging cohorts to better understand the heterogeneity of cognitive aging.

Helzlsouer Named Associate Director of NCI Division
Dr. Kathy Helzlsouer
Dr. Kathy Helzlsouer

Dr. Kathy Helzlsouer has been named an associate director and chief medical officer in NCI’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). She will direct the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program, which includes the Office of the Associate Director, Clinical and Translational Epidemiology Branch, Environmental Epidemiology Branch, Genomic Epidemiology Branch, Methods and Technologies Branch and Risk Factor Assessment Branch.

Dr. Robert Croyle, DCCPS director, said, “Dr. Helzlsouer is a highly accomplished epidemiologist and clinician with a broad vision of cancer epidemiology, prevention and control. She brings a valuable blend of medical, scientific and leadership skills, which will be a strong asset for NCI and DCCPS.”

Helzlsouer is board-certified in medical oncology. Prior to joining NCI, she was a professor in the department of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Since 2004, she directed the Prevention & Research Center, which she established at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. Helzlsouer led a team of health care specialists in cancer risk assessments, clinical research and support programs for cancer patients and their families. She also is an associate editor of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute and a member of NCI’s PDQ screening and prevention editorial board.

Her research interests are focused in cancer etiology and prevention, cancer survivorship and clinical and translational research. Helzlsouer is a recipient of the Martin D. Abeloff Award for Excellence in Public Health and Cancer Control for her service on the Maryland State Council on Cancer Control.

Helzlsouer completed her M.D. at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, her internal medicine residency at the University of Virginia and her medical oncology fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. She also earned a master of health science at Johns Hopkins University.

Gammie Appointed Director of NIGMS Division

Dr. Alison Gammie
Dr. Alison Gammie

Dr. Alison Gammie recently joined NIGMS as new director of its Division of Training, Workforce Development and Diversity (TWD).

TWD is the focal point for NIGMS programs aimed at developing a strong and diverse biomedical research workforce. The division supports a variety of research training, career development and diversity-building activities at the undergraduate through faculty levels. In addition, it manages the NIH Common Fund initiative on Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce.

“NIGMS has a deep and long-standing commitment to research training, workforce development and diversity,” said NIGMS director Dr. Jon Lorsch. “Dr. Gammie’s experience in research, teaching, mentoring and outreach, coupled with her vision and energy, position her exceptionally well to lead our broad range of TWD activities.”

Before coming to NIGMS, Gammie was a senior lecturer in the department of molecular biology at Princeton University, where she also directed the Program for Diversity and Graduate Recruitment in Molecular and Quantitative Biology and served on a number of diversity-related committees. In addition, she led the university’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Molecular and Quantitative Biology and was an associate clinical member at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Gammie’s research focused on understanding how defects in DNA mismatch repair lead to cancer.

Gammie said she comes to NIGMS “with the hope of making changes on a national level such that the biomedical research workforce reflects the diversity found in our country.” Among her priorities: “encouraging excellence in training, promoting the full range of scientific career possibilities for trainees and stimulating successful strategies to increase diversity in the biomedical research workforce.”

Gammie earned a B.A. in biology from Reed College and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Oregon Health & Sciences University. She conducted postdoctoral research at Princeton University. Among her honors are the American Society for Microbiology’s William A. Hinton Research Training Award and mentoring and teaching awards from Princeton.

Plude Named Associate Director of CSR Division

Dr. Dana Plude
Dr. Dana Plude

Dr. Dana Plude has joined the Center for Scientific Review as associate director of its Division of Receipt and Referral. He will also serve as CSR’s new research integrity officer.

“We’re pleased Dr. Plude has agreed to take on these important responsibilities,” said Dr. Richard Nakamura, CSR director. “He has extensive experience adroitly serving the scientific community while navigating complex scientific and administrative situations. This experience will be invaluable as he helps to coordinate the referral of incoming NIH grant applications to CSR peer review groups and NIH institutes and centers and as he investigates allegations of misconduct by researchers and reviewers.”

Plude has been chief of CSR’s biobehavioral and behavioral processes integrated review group (IRG) and scientific review officer for its cognition and perception study section. He also has been acting chief of CSR’s population sciences and epidemiology IRG.

“His exceptional abilities have been proven over and over again,” said Nakamura. He noted that Plude has—at different times—served as acting director of CSR’s Division of AIDS, Behavioral and Population-based Studies and as acting extramural research integrity officer for NIH’s Office of Extramural Research.

During his 13-year tenure at CSR, Plude also served as a referral officer and a scientific review officer for small business and special emphasis panels in the biobehavioral and behavioral processes IRG.

Before joining CSR, he was associate professor and associate chair in psychology at the University of Maryland for 17 years. He earned a Ph.D. in psychology from Syracuse University, where he specialized in lifespan development and mental function in the elderly. His basic and applied research centered on aging, selective attention and memory.

NINDS’s Reich Honored by ANA
Dr. Daniel Reich
Dr. Daniel Reich

Dr. Daniel Reich, chief of the translational neuroradiology unit in the NINDS Division of Neuroimmunology and Neurovirology Branch, recently received the Derek Denny-Brown Young Neurological Scholar Award from the American Neurological Association (ANA) in Chicago. The award—ANA’s most prestigious honor—recognizes early- to mid-career neurologists and neuroscientists in the first 10 years of their career who have made outstanding basic and clinical scientific advances toward the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of neurological diseases.

The award is named for Dr. Derek Denny- Brown, a pioneering neurologist who was instrumental in making neurology an independent and highly respected field of medicine. During his career, Denny-Brown trained more than 300 neurologists and his research greatly contributed to understanding many neurological disorders. He served as ANA president from 1959 to 1960, and as a Fogarty scholar-in-residence at NIH in 1972.

Reich, a tenure-track investigator, was acknowledged for his work on developing new, advanced magnetic resonance imaging techniques to understand the origins of disability in multiple sclerosis and related disorders and discovering ways to apply those methods to patient care and clinical trials of new drugs.

“The Denny-Brown award is a great honor for me personally, but earning it is really a testament to the fantastic team approach in our clinical neuroimmunology group at NINDS,” said Reich. “I also think it is a recognition that modern imaging tools are not only useful for clinical purposes, but they can allow us to approach biological mechanisms of brain diseases in living people. In some ways, this idea has become the centerpiece of my career.”

Reich earned his doctorate in visual neurophysiology from the Rockefeller University in 2000 and his medical degree from Cornell University in 2002. He completed residencies in neurology and diagnostic radiology and a clinical fellowship in neuroradiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Before coming to NIH, Reich performed postdoctoral research at Hopkins, during which he applied MRI—particularly diffusion-weighted imaging—to study MS.—Shannon E. Garnett

Southers Moves to NIGMS as Deputy EO
Dr. Daniel Reich
Vickie Southers

Vickie Southers was recently appointed deputy executive officer of NIGMS. In her new position, she works closely with the NIGMS executive officer to manage the institute’s administrative policies, planning and operations, including those related to acquisitions, financial management, information technology, management analysis, human capital and ethics.

Prior to joining NIGMS, Southers worked in the Office of Human Resources as chief of the Workforce Enhancement Branch. In that role, she oversaw or managed a number of major NIH human relations activities including the honorary awards, employee engagement, mentoring and competencies programs. She also spearheaded the development of the NIH onboarding program and the restructuring of the NIH new employee orientation. Southers has a B.A. in government and political science from George Mason University and certifications in workforce development and strategic workforce planning.

NIH Communicator Moore Mourned

Guy W. Moore, 93, who retired in 1979 as chief of the News Branch in the Office of the Director, died on Nov. 13.

Moore came to NIH in 1960 as deputy director of the information office in the Division of General Medical Sciences after having served as the first information officer of the Medical Research and Development Command of the Army’s Office of the Surgeon General. Following his retirement from NIH, he wrote The NIH: How It Works, published by Science and Health Publications in 1980.

Moore was born in Retta, Okla. He earned both his B.A. (radio-journalism, 1950) and his M.A. (history, 1952) from the University of Oklahoma.

His master’s thesis, slightly recast, was published by the University of Oklahoma Press in 1954 as The Case of Mrs. Surratt. The book was an account of the controversial trial and execution of Mary Surratt for her alleged involvement in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

Moore entered the U.S. Civil Service in 1944 in military intelligence with the Army Signal Corps. After World War II, he was stationed in the American embassy in Montevideo, Uruguay. After returning to Washington, D.C., in 1946, he married Hazel Avenell Cartwright of Arlington, Va., in 1948. She died in 1986.

Moore is survived by two daughters, Anne Tarquinio of Rockville and March Moore of Bethesda; and five grandchildren.

A longtime astronomer, Moore was a member of the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club and contributed his observations to Sky and Telescope. Also an avid birdwatcher, he belonged to the Northern Virginia Bird Club and participated in the National Audubon Society’s annual bird count for many years.

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