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July / August 2017 | Volume 16, Issue 4

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald

Georgia health commissioner named CDC Director

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald has been appointed to lead the CDC. An obstetrician-gynecologist, she has been commissioner of the Georgia Public Health Department for the past six years. As a major in the U.S. Air Force, she served at bases in Michigan and Washington, D.C. She earned a bachelor's in microbiology from Georgia State and an M.D. from Emory University.

Garrett Grigsby

Grigsby to lead HHS Office of Global Affairs

Garrett Grigsby is the new director of the HHS Office of Global Affairs. Grigsby was executive director of the non-profit Christian Connections for International Health. He previously held senior positions with USAID, including director of faith-based and community initiatives. Grigsby also served as a staff member on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Dr. Norman E. Sharpless

Sharpless will oversee NIH's Cancer Institute

Dr. Norman E. "Ned" Sharpless has been chosen to head the NIH's National Cancer Institute. Sharpless comes from the University of North Carolina where he directs the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and is the Wellcome Distinguished Professor in Cancer Research. An oncologist treating leukemia patients, Sharpless also conducts research on cancer and aging.

Dr. Richard Hatchett

Hatchett to helm epidemic preparedness alliance

Dr. Richard Hatchett has taken the role as CEO of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), an alliance between governments, industry, academia, philanthropy and others that exists to finance and coordinate the development of new vaccines. Hatchett previously led countermeasure development programs at HHS and NIH.

Dr. Glenda Gray

Gray tapped as chairman of GACD

Dr. Glenda Gray is the new chair of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases, a partnership of the world's largest public health research funding agencies, including NIH. Gray, president of the South African Medical Research Council, has expertise in mother-to-child transmission of HIV, HIV vaccines and microbicides. Early in her career, she received Fogarty training.

Dr. Rajiv Shah

Former USAID chief joins Rockefeller Foundation

Dr. Rajiv Shah has assumed the presidency of the Rockefeller Foundation, which has a mission to promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world. Previously, Shah was USAID administrator, where he led the U.S. responses to the Haiti earthquake in 2010 and Ebola outbreak in 2014. He has also held positions at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Jamie Bay Nishi

Global Health Technologies Coalition gets new head

The Global Health Technologies Coalition, an advocacy organization for global health R&D, tapped Jamie Bay Nishi as its new director. Nishi previously was with Devex, a media platform for the global development community. She holds a bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary and a master's in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University.

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