Dr. Barbara M. Alving is the acting director of the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the director of the Women's Health Initiative. She also is a professor of medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, a master in the American College of Physicians, a former member of the Subcommittee on Hematology of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and a previous member of the US Food and Drug Administration's Blood Products Advisory Committee.
Dr. Alving earned her medical degree cum laude from Georgetown University School of Medicine, where she also completed an internship in internal medicine. She completed residency training in internal medicine and a fellowship in hematology at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital. During her career, she attained the rank of colonel in the US Army, serving as the chief of the Department of Hematology and director of the Division of Medicine at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. Subsequently, Dr. Alving served as the director of the Medical Oncology/Hematology Section at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. In 1999, Dr. Alving joined the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, where she served as the director of the extramural Division of Blood Diseases and Resources, deputy director of the Institute, and acting director. In March 2005, she was appointed as NCRR's acting director.
NCRR, in coordination with the other Institutes and Centers at the NIH, recently launched an initiative that is designed to transform the way in which clinical and translational research is conducted at academic health centers (AHCs) across the country. As part of the NIH Roadmap, this initiative is intended to advance the academic standing of clinical and translational science as a distinct discipline and to catalyze the development of …
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