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NIDCR 2014-2019 Strategic Plan UpdateDevelopment of the NIDCR 2014-2019 Strategic Plan continues. Two Strategic Plan listening sessions (one general, one training-specific) were held during the March IADR/AADR meeting in Seattle. In addition, NIDCR is hosting two roundtable discussions over the summer as part of the Strategic Planning process. One will focus on health disparities, a critical area because of persistent disparities in the health status of underserved Americans. The other will concentrate on fostering bidirectional collaborations between clinicians and researchers. An online Request for Information also will be posted on the NIDCR website, providing an opportunity for all stakeholders --including clinicians, researchers, educators, patients, advocates, and members of the public--to share their opinions about areas of research emphasis, future research approaches, and needs and opportunities. The initial framework of the Strategic Plan will be completed by fall 2013, and the Plan completed in early 2014.NIDCR FY 2013 Funding PlanNIDCR's FY 2013 extramural funding plan is now available at:http://go.usa.gov/bRdV The Institute plan is consistent with NIH's fiscal policy for grant awards:http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-13-064.htmlAlso see NIDCR's FY 2014 Congressional Justification:http://go.usa.gov/bRv4NIDCR Director's Report to the National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council Provides NIDCR/NIH SnapshotTo learn about NIDCR programmatic news and activities, the budget, recent science advances, and NIH highlights, read the report the NIDCR Director presented at the May 21, 2013 meeting of the National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council:http://go.usa.gov/bRvP Ms. Dede Rutberg to Become New Grants Management ChiefMs. Dede Rutberg, MBA, will become NIDCR's new Grants Management Officer and Chief, Grants Management Branch. She replaces Ms. Mary Greenwood, who will retire at the end of July. Ms. Rutberg has served as NIDCR's Lead Grants Management Specialist since 2006. In this role she oversees the business management function for a variety of grant mechanisms (approximately 1,100 research project grants and 350 research trainees) totaling over $300 million. She has ensured that grant awards are processed accurately and timely and within NIH/DHHS policies and has provided expert advice to grantees and internal NIH staff on all grant-related issues. Ms. Rutberg also is responsible for the workload oversight of five other grant specialists. She serves on many trans-NIH committees, including the Central Service Advisory Committee (CSAC), NIH Intern Committees, and several SBIR/STTR workgroups. NIDCR Mourns Dr. Lynne Angerer NIDCR is deeply saddened by the loss of Dr. Lynne Angerer, chief of NIDCR's Developmental Mechanisms Section, who died March 30 after a long illness. Dr. Angerer was a world-renowned expert in the field of developmental biology. Using sea urchins, close cousins of vertebrates, she unraveled the core regulatory processes that direct the early development of animal embryos. She led her NIDCR lab to numerous pioneering discoveries. Among these was the revelation that some neurons are of a unique tissue origin, differentiating de novo from cells in the gut; this finding was a challenge to prevailing dogma that nerves develop only from another embryonic tissue. Her group also found numerous unexpected complex regulatory interactions that are required to prevent most cells of the embryo from adopting neural fate (Wnt signaling). One of Dr. Angerer’s major scientific accomplishments was the microarray she helped develop from the newly obtained sea urchin genome sequence, an important tool for genome-wide screens to identify genes and signaling molecules involved in early embryonic development.Dr. Angerer was an outstanding and inspiring mentor, training many graduate students and postdocs who went on to their own successful research careers. An NIH Director's Award was presented posthumously to her on June 12th in recognition of her mentoring work. Accepting the award on her behalf, Dr. Kelly Ten Hagen, chief of the NIDCR Developmental Glycobiology Section, remembered Dr. Angerer as someone who "truly cared about the people she mentored and felt personally responsible for helping them realize their full potential. Her advice and encouragement over the years has made a huge difference in my life and career."
NIH and the Weight of the NationDuring the month of May, HBO aired three films for youths and their families entitled “The Weight of the Nation for Kids.” The family-friendly series--a collaboration among NIH, HBO and other partners— highlighted youth improving their own health and that of their communities.May 2012 marked the premiere of the Emmy-nominated HBO documentary film series on obesity, “The Weight of the Nation.” The four-part series—on Consequences, Choices, Children in Crisis, and Challenges—highlighted several NIH research advances and addressed the factors contributing to the country’s obesity problem. Together, the films are the centerpiece of a public awareness campaign, which also includes 12 short films, a website and social media, and a nationwide community-based outreach effort using free film discussion guides and other tools. Additional information is found at:http://theweightofthenation.hbo.com/Dr. John Lorsch Named Director, National Institute of General Medical Sciences NIH Director Francis S. Collins has announced the selection of Jon R. Lorsch, Ph.D., as Director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Dr. Lorsch is expected to join the NIH this summer. He comes from Johns Hopkins University, where he is a professor in the Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry. As NIGMS director, Dr. Lorsch will oversee the institute’s $2.4 billion budget, which primarily funds basic research in the areas of cell biology, biophysics, genetics, developmental biology, pharmacology, physiology, biological chemistry, biomedical technology, bioinformatics and computational biology. The institute also supports a substantial amount of research training and programs designed to increase the diversity of the biomedical and behavioral research workforce .
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