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Appointment of Lawrence Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D., as Principal Deputy Director, NIH, and Designation of Isabel Garcia, D.D.S., M.P.H., as Acting Director, NIDCR

August 19, 2010

From:  Director, NIH

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Lawrence Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D., as the Principal Deputy Director, NIH, effective August 23, 2010, as Raynard Kington departs from the NIH.  And as I make this announcement, I want to thank Raynard again for his dedicated service to the NIH and to the biomedical and behavioral research community, as well as for his assistance and wise advice during my first year as NIH Director.

Larry has been the Director of NIDCR since September 2000.  He came to the NIH at that time from the School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Rochester, where he had most recently been the Senior Associate Dean for Research, Director of the Center for Oral Biology, Professor of Dentistry, and Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics.  Larry’s major research focus—he has maintained an active research lab within NIDDK—has been on the biosynthesis and function of mucin-glycoproteins.  We are all familiar with his outstanding service in numerous trans-NIH activities, as Acting Principal Deputy Director from November 2008 to August 2009, and recently as Acting Director of DPCPSI.

As Larry moves into the Principal Deputy Director position, Isabel Garcia, D.D.S, M.P.H., currently Deputy Director of NIDCR, will serve as Acting Director of the Institute. Dr. Garcia, who holds the rank of Rear Admiral in the US Public Health Service, joined NIDCR in 1995 as a Special Assistant for Science Transfer from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, where she was a Health Scientist Administrator.  She later directed NIDCR's Office of Science Policy and Analysis before being appointed Deputy Director of the Institute.  I appreciate Isabel's willingness to guide NIDCR while we conduct a search for a new permanent Director.

Until Dr. James Anderson's arrival at the NIH, Larry will continue as Acting Director of DPCPSI.

I am sure you will join me in congratulating Larry on his new position and giving him full support as he takes over the Principal Deputy responsibilities and that you will offer the same to Isabel as she leads NIDCR.


Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.


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