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Richard Nakamura, PhD, has been named as the new director for the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) Center for Scientific Review (CSR). Dr. Nakamura, who has served at the NIH for more than three decades, was the acting director since September 2011.

Dr. Nakamura first joined the NIH as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in 1976 and has served NIMH for 32 years. During his tenure, he has served as the institute’s Deputy Director and as Scientific Director, and was Acting Director from 2001–2002. Additionally, he has been Associate Director for Science Policy and Program Planning, Chief of the Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience Research Branch, and Coordinator for the Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Administration (ADAMHA) Office of Animal Research Issues. He has received a number of honors for his work, including the Presidential Rank Award.

Dr. Nakamura earned an MA in psychology from New York University and his PhD in psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His work has focused on cognitive and comparative neuroscience. He has published a number of peer reviewed scientific journal articles related to neurocognition in primates. His work has also focused on science policy/funding and ethics in science.

Emory Names Dean for School of Medicine

Christian P. Larsen Photo courtesy Emory University School of Medicine

Christian P. Larsen, MD, PhD, chair of the Department of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine (EUSOM), director of Surgical Services for Emory Healthcare and executive director of the Emory Transplant Center, has been named dean of EUSOM. He assumed the deanship in January of this year, succeeding Thomas J. Lawley, MD, who retired after 16 years as dean. Dr. Lawley continues to serve as a medical faculty member.

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