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Kidney, Urology, and Hematology Research Director Named

Robert A. Star, MD

The Division of Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Diseases at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has named Robert A. Star, MD, as its new director. Dr. Star has served as acting director of the extramural research division since September 2006. Selected from a nationwide search, Dr. Star's responsibilities will include overseeing a $400 million program of grants and contracts.

Dr. Star joined the NIH Office of Science Policy and Planning in 2002 as the senior advisor for clinical research. There he worked on NIH Roadmap for Medical Research initiatives to re-engineer the clinical research enterprise, led training and career initiatives for clinical researchers, and assisted in the development of the clinical and translational science awards. Dr. Star's interest in translational research has yielded innovative intramural work, on prevention, early identification and pre-emption of acute kidney injury and sepsis. He will continue his research work, which has produced 8 textbook chapters and over 100 published manuscripts.

Dr. Star is a graduate in applied mathematics from Harvard College and the Harvard Medical School-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Joint Program in Health Sciences and Technology. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. He served as a postdoctoral fellow at NIH in the mid -1980's and, after serving as a faculty member at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, he returned to the NIH in 1999 as a senior scientific advisor for kidney disease. He also was head of a laboratory focused on acute renal injury. Dr.Star has received numerous honors and awards, including the American Society of Nephrology and the American Heart Association's joint award for excellence in nephrology research, the Young Investigator Award.

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