Primack retires from Fogarty
Dr. Aron Primack, program officer responsible for creating five major programs at Fogarty, is retiring from NIH and the United States Public Health Service at the end of the year.
One of his best-known achievements is Fogarty's International Clinical Research Scholars and Fellows Program, which offers graduate level students a year of mentoring at research sites in developing countries. Primack initiated and led the program, which has had nearly 400 participants since its inception in 2003. Several former fellows and scholars now receive funding through other Fogarty programs.
Primack was also responsible for launching the groundbreaking Trauma and Injury Research Training Program, which has helped bring about policy changes regarding traffic safety in several countries. In addition, Primack also helped develop the Global Research Initiative Program for New Foreign Investigators, known as GRIP, as well as research training programs in chronic diseases and tobacco.
"The impact of Aron Primack's work and leadership at Fogarty and NIH is immeasurable," said Dr. Ken Bridbord, director of international training and research. "The trainees from his programs have gone on to teach other scientists, and make advances and discoveries that save lives."
Primack plans to travel, spend more time with his children and grandchildren, and continue volunteering with an organization that provides health care to the uninsured.