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New NIH director

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Executive Summary

Elias Zerhouni, MD, confirmed as NIH director by the Senate in voice vote May 2. Zerhouni currently is executive vice dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and chair of the department of radiology and radiological sciences; he obtained his medical degree from the University of Algeria in 1975 and emigrated the same year to the U.S. to train at JHU. As NIH director, one of Zerhouni's top priorities will be recruitment of individuals to fill the vacant directorships at several NIH institutes and centers; six lack permanent leadership...

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