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NIH Record  
Vol. LX, No. 20
October 3, 2008
Teenage Scientist Hones Her Skills in Summer Stint at NIH
New NED System Debuts Oct. 6
NIH Grantees Win Lasker Awards
Foil-the-Flu Program Announces 2008 Dates
Change of Soaps Could Benefit Environment
NINR Completes Ninth Summer Genetics Institute
Biomedical Research: It’s In the Greens
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Zerhouni To Step Down by End of October
  NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni will step down by month’s end.
  NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni will step down by month’s end.

Dr. Elias Zerhouni, the 15th NIH director, announced on Sept. 24 his intention to step down by the end of October. Citing a natural cycle of directorships that lasts about half a dozen years, he said the timing was right and that he wanted to leave “in the best interests of NIH” as the presidential election approaches.

“It’s very important for the sake of NIH that I leave before the election,” he said in a conference call with reporters that took place just moments after he sent an all-hands email to NIH employees announcing his intentions. “I want people to focus on NIH as soon as possible after the election. I am not interested in re-upping, no matter what the next administration is. But I do want to give [the candidates] time to prepare [for the NIH transition] early rather than late.”

Nobel Laureate Axel, Author Woodruff To Speak at NIDCD’s 20th Anniversary

Both the scientific and human sides of communication and communication disorders will be brought to the fore when a slate of stellar researchers and author and freelance writer Lee Woodruff appear at NIDCD’s 20th Anniversary Symposium on Thursday, Oct. 23, in the auditorium of the Natcher Conference Center.

The symposium, which runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., will highlight important accomplishments of NIDCD-funded research over the past two decades as well as the perspectives and talents of people who have a personal connection with a communication disorder. Roughly one in six people in this country will experience a communication disorder in his or her life.