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People on the move: NIGMS head gives notice

BETHESDSA, Md.—Having served as director of the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) since November 2003, Dr. Jeremy M. Berg has announced that he will step down from his post to become associate senior vice chancellor for science strategy and planning in the health sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. He will also be a faculty member in the department of computational and systems biology at the university’s school of medicine. However, he does not anticipate leaving NIGMS for some months yet, with a planned exit date of the end of June 2011. At that point, if the search for a new director is still underway, an acting director will be named.

“The time I have spent at NIH has been a highlight of my career, and I hope to be able to continue to contribute to this exceptional institution from my new position,” Berg says. “When I joined NIGMS, I was fortunate to come to an outstanding organization with an extremely talented and dedicated staff. With this strong team, I have worked hard to make the institute even better, more transparent and more responsive to the needs of the scientific community.” He adds that he had no intention of leaving NIGMS but is doing so in support of the career of his wife, a leading breast imaging clinical researcher, who was recruited by many institutions around the country, among them the University of Pittsburgh. He says that the university “offered tremendous opportunities for each of us.”

As NIGMS director, Berg oversees a $2 billion budget that primarily funds basic research in cell biology, biophysics, genetics, developmental biology, pharmacology, physiology, biological chemistry, bioinformatics and computational biology. The institute supports more than 4,500 research grants, which make up about 10 percent of all grants funded by NIH. NIGMS also funds a substantial amount of research training and programs designed to increase the diversity of the biomedical and behavioral research workforce.


January 3, 2011 - Posted by | Government, Promotions and Moves | , ,

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