Dr. Eugene Carstea has been named new chief of the cardiovascular and respiratory sciences integrated review group at the Center for Scientific Review. He has been scientific review officer for CSR’s molecular neurogenetics study section, the biophysical and physiological neuroscience fellowship study section and the molecular and the cellular neuroscience small business study section.
“Dr. Carstea has excelled as CSR’s education and development coordinator for our scientific review officers,” said CSR director Dr. Richard Nakamura. “We are pleased he will bring his tremendous leadership skills and policy insights to this important position.”
As CVRS chief, Carstea will oversee 11 standing study sections and numerous special emphasis panels that review a broad range of NIH grant applications to fund research involving basic investigations, translational approaches and patient-oriented studies to advance understanding of the development, physiology and pathophysiology of cardiac and pulmonary systems.
Carstea received his Ph.D. in microbiology (molecular biology) from Clemson University. He was a senior research fellow within the Developmental and Metabolic Neurology Branch of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. He led his team in identifying NPC1, the gene (mutation) responsible for the inherited neurodegenerative disorder Niemann-Pick disease type C.
Following his work at NIH, he became scientific director at the Saccomanno Research Institute in Colorado. He then moved into the biotech/biopharma industry. Among his positions, Carstea was a principal scientist at Invitrogen Corp., designing novel research reagents and strategies associated with RNA interference. He later served as associate director of discovery at Vanda Pharmaceuticals in Rockville.
Dr. Paul Jacobsen has been named associate director of the NCI Division of Cancer Control and Population Science’s Healthcare Delivery Research Program. He will be leading a team at NCI whose mission is to serve as a catalyst for the field of health care delivery research and to enhance data resources, measures and NCI’s grant portfolio in this domain. He will also play a key role in NCI’s collaborations with other agencies and organizations in health services and outcomes research.
Jacobsen comes to NCI from the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., where he served as founding chair of its department of health outcomes and behavior and subsequently as associate center director for population science. Over the course of 30 years, his research has focused on patient-centered health outcomes, behavioral aspects of cancer prevention and detection and supportive care medicine. He has worked closely with the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and other organizations that influence how cancer care is delivered through their guidelines and educational activities. Based on his contributions, he was appointed to the ASCO quality oncology practice initiative steering committee, which oversees selection and performance of the quality indicators used by practices for self-evaluation and reporting.
Dr. Robert Croyle, DCCPS director, said, “Dr. Jacobsen’s recruitment reflects NCI’s commitment to evidence-based medicine and increasing quality of care through better science.”
Former NIAMS Executive Officer Bruun Mourned
Dr. Robert Lewis “Bob” Bruun, former NIAMS executive officer, passed away from complications of esophageal cancer on June 11 in Davis, Calif., surrounded by family. He was 73.
Bruun served for more than 22 years as a commissioned officer in the Public Health Service. Before joining NIH, he worked in a management capacity with PHS hospitals in Baltimore and Nassau Bay, Tex.
Former NIAMS administrative officer Melvin Broadus remembered, “His knowledge and mastery of the field of management was second to none. When he spoke, we listened.”
Bruun graduated from Loyola University’s School of Business Administration (Chicago) in 1965 and went on to earn an M.B.A. in health care administration from George Washington University in 1968. He received a doctorate in health services administration from Johns Hopkins University in 1980.
Bruun came to NIH in 1983, working as an associate administrator at the Clinical Center. In 1987, he was appointed EO at the newly established NIAMS. As the lead architect of NIAMS’s initial administrative structure, Bruun helped guide NIAMS from its infancy to the institute it is today.
“Bob was very personable, a superb manager and very active in the NIH community,” said Dr. Steven Hausman, former NIAMS deputy director.
In 1990, Bruun received the PHS Outstanding Service Medal for his work establishing the administrative management program at NIAMS.
Long-time friend and co-worker Nancy Middendorf said, “Bob cared. He cared about people, he cared about his work and he cared about his family. He put in long hours at work, but always balanced his time for his wife and young, growing family. Everyone liked and respected Bob. He had a wonderful sense of humor, which he often used to diffuse awkward situations, and he was a great storyteller.
Even in his death, when I think of Bob, I get a big, warm smile from the inside out. He was my friend.”
Bruun had a lifelong appreciation for international adventure. As a young man, he spent some time in Europe. He hitchhiked from Rome to Copenhagen and back with a sign reading “American college student.” He also attempted to hitchhike across the Sahara desert.
Bruun is survived by Joanne, his wife of 45 years, and children Andrew, Matthew, Dan and Suzanne.—Colleen Dundas