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Jon R. Lorsch Photo credit: Bill Branson, NIH Courtesy of NIH

Jon R. Lorsch, PhD, has been named as Director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He joins the NIH from Johns Hopkins University, where he served as Professor in the Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry. He succeeds Judith H. Greenberg, PhD who has been Acting Director of NIGMS since July 2011.

Dr. Lorsch’s work has focused on the study of translation initiation and has received NIH funding from NIGMS, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Lorsch completed a PhD in biochemistry from Harvard University and a postdoctoral fellowship in biochemistry at Stanford University.

Indiana University School of Medicine Names Dean and Vice President for Clinical Affairs

Jay L. Hess Courtesy of Indiana University

Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, has been named as the new vice president for university clinical affairs and dean of the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM). Dr. Hess joins IU on September 1 from the University of Michigan (U-M) Medical School, where he serves as the Carl V. Weller Professor and chair of the Department of Pathology and professor of internal medicine. Dr. Hess succeeds Craig Brater, MD, who retired at the end of June this year. Dr. Brater was dean for 13 of his 27 years of service at IU.

Dr. Hess served in faculty and clinical posts at the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis before joining the faculty of the U-M Medical School in 2005. He has served as the U-M Health System’s director of clinical laboratories and its director of sponsored research and has held numerous other leadership roles, including: director of strategy implementation for the U-M Health System’s personalized health …

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