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People in global health news - April 2022

March/ April 2022 | Volume 21 Number 2

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NCI Director Steps Down

Dr. Norman "Ned" Sharpless has stepped down from his role as Director of the National Cancer Institute. During his tenure, Sharpless oversaw the development of NCI’s Childhood Cancer Data Initiative and the Experimental Therapeutics Program and briefly served as the FDA's acting Director. NCI’s Deputy Director, Dr. Douglas Lowy, will serve as acting NCI director effective April 30.

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Gerberding Named Chief Executive Officer of FNIH

The foundation for the National Institutes of Health has named Dr. Julie Gerberding as their Chief Executive Officer, a role she will assume on May 16. Previously, Gerberding served as the 15th director of the CDC and currently serves as Chief patient officer and executive vice president, Population Health & Sustainability at Merck.

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Biden Administration taps Panjabi for National Security Council

In March, Dr. Raj Panjabi assumed his role as National Security Council senior director for global health security and biodefense. Prior to this, Panjabi served as the global health malaria coordinator at USAID and co-founder and CEO of Last Mile Health, a nonprofit that aims to develop community health care systems globally.

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NIBIB director named to National Academy of Inventors fellows

A leader in biophotonics, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) Director Dr. Bruce Tromberg, was recently named to the 2021 class of National Academy of Inventors (NAI) fellows and will be inducted in June. The NAI fellows program highlights those who have created or facilitated inventions that have made a tangible impact on the quality of life, economic development, and society's welfare.

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Former Makerere Medical School dean awarded at CUGH

Dr. Harriet Mayanja-Kizza, HIV researcher, former Dean of Makerere Medical School in Uganda, was one of two recipients of the 2022 CUGH Distinguished Leader Award. This award honors individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the advancement of global health worldwide.

CUGH announces Mid-Career Leadership Awardees

Drs. Rachel Idowu and Nadia Sam-Agudu were two of three individuals who received this year's CUGH mid-career leadership award. The Dr. Thomas Hall-Dr. Nelson Sewankambo mid-career Leadership award recognizes individuals aged 30 to 50 who have demonstrated a proven commitment and consistent record of outstanding achievement in global health education, research, advocacy or service. 

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Dr. Idowu is Country Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Liberia and a former Fogarty Scholar.

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Dr. Sam-Agudu is sociate Professor of Pediatrics and International Medical Technical Advisor, Institute of Human Virology and Department of Pediatrics, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Senior Technical Advisor for Pediatric and Adolescent HIV, Institute of Human Virology Nigeria

Updated April 19, 2022

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