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Vol. LXII, No. 22
October 29, 2010
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Milestones

NIGMS director Dr. Jeremy Berg NIEHS director Dr. Linda Birnbaum
NCI’s Dr. Ira Pastan NIAID’s Dr. Thomas Wellems

NCI’s Dr. Carl Wu

New IOM electees include (top row) NIGMS director Dr. Jeremy Berg and NIEHS director Dr. Linda Birnbaum. In second row are NCI’s Dr. Ira Pastan (l) and NIAID’s Dr. Thomas Wellems. At bottom is NCI’s Dr. Carl Wu.

Institute of Medicine Elects 5 NIH’ers

Five NIH scientists are among 65 new members and five foreign associates elected to the Institute of Medicine. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

Honored from NIH were NIGMS director Dr. Jeremy Berg; NIEHS and National Toxicology Program director Dr. Linda Birnbaum; Dr. Ira Pastan, chief, Laboratory of Cell Biology, NCI; Dr. Thomas Wellems, chief, Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research, NIAID; and Dr. Carl Wu, chief, Laboratory of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, NCI.

“It is a great pleasure to welcome these distinguished and accomplished individuals to the Institute of Medicine,” said IOM president Dr. Harvey Fineberg. “Each of these new members stands out as a professional whose research, knowledge and skills have significantly advanced health and medicine and who has served as a model for others.”

New members are elected by current active members through a selective process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care and public health.

Established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, IOM has become recognized as a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues. With their election, members make a commitment to volunteer on IOM committees, boards and other activities.

Leadership Program Graduates First Class

2010 Executive Leadership Program graduates include (front row, from l) Maryland Pao, NIMH; Dexter Collins, NICHD; Andy Baxevanis, NHGRI; Heng Xie, NCRR; Wendy Liffers, OD; Gwen Collman, NIEHS; Michael Krause, NIDDK; Redonna Chandler, NIDA; Anna Ramsey-Ewing, NIAID; Doug Stenger, CIT; Valerie Florance, NLM. At rear are (from l) Petra Kaufmann, NINDS; Chris O’Donnell, NHLBI; Patricia Powell, NIAAA; Molly Wagster, NIA; L. Michelle Bennett, NHLBI; Mark Rotariu, NIDCD; Emmeline Edwards, NCCAM; Rene Etcheberrigaray, CSR; Bob Carter, NIAMS.

2010 Executive Leadership Program graduates include (front row, from l) Maryland Pao, NIMH; Dexter Collins, NICHD; Andy Baxevanis, NHGRI; Heng Xie, NCRR; Wendy Liffers, OD; Gwen Collman, NIEHS; Michael Krause, NIDDK; Redonna Chandler, NIDA; Anna Ramsey-Ewing, NIAID; Doug Stenger, CIT; Valerie Florance, NLM. At rear are (from l) Petra Kaufmann, NINDS; Chris O’Donnell, NHLBI; Patricia Powell, NIAAA; Molly Wagster, NIA; L. Michelle Bennett, NHLBI; Mark Rotariu, NIDCD; Emmeline Edwards, NCCAM; Rene Etcheberrigaray, CSR; Bob Carter, NIAMS.

Twenty NIH leaders recently completed NIH’s first competitive leadership program geared toward aspiring and existing “Top 5” leaders at NIH—the NIH Executive Leadership Program.

The commencement ceremony featured Dr. Lawrence Tabak, NIH principal deputy director, and Colleen Barros, NIH deputy director for management.

The program integrates the academic experience of NIH’s educational partners—Brookings Executive Education and Washington University in St. Louis—and the hands-on involvement of senior NIH executives to provide a rewarding leadership experience for participants.

Key features of the program include: content themes Leading at the Top, Executive Communications, Policy Making on the Hill and Leading in Networks; opportunities to participate and/or lead high-priority work groups and committees; peer advising/mentoring; leadership coaching; and access to NIH executives in the form of panel discussions, lectures and special events.

For more information about the program, visit http://trainingcenter.nih.gov/ExLP.html or contact Keisha Berkley at (301) 496-6211.


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