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NIH 1998 Almanac/The Organization/NCRR/      

National Center for Research Resources: Biographical Sketch of NCRR Director


Judith L. Vaitukaitis, M.D.

Dr. Vaitukaitis is a native of Hartford, Conn. She earned a B.S. degree in chemistry and biology from Tufts University in 1962, and an M.D. degree from Boston University School of Medicine in 1966. She completed her residency at Cornell Medical Services, Bellevue Memorial Hospital, New York.

In 1970 she came to NIH as a postdoctoral researcher in the endocrine section of NCI. She continued her postdoctoral training in the Reproduction Research Branch, NICHD, first as a PHS special research fellow and then as a senior staff fellow. She subsequently served as senior investigator and medical officer in that branch until 1974.

From 1974 to 1983 Dr. Vaitukaitis served as professor of medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine, including 6 years as professor of physiology. In addition to teaching, she conducted extensive basic research on the mechanisms controlling hormonal action and metabolism at the cellular level, and clinical research in reproductive endocrinology.

For significant contributions to the development of radioassay methodology, including the development of the first specific pregnancy assay, she received the Clinical Radioassay Society's 1980 Mallinckrodt Award for Investigative Research. The pregnancy assay she developed continues to be used. It has evolved into over-the-counter products for early pregnancy detection and a method for monitoring patients with tumors that developed from placental tissue.

In 1982 Dr. Vaitukaitis wrote Clinical Reproductive Neuroendocrinology and in 1983 received Boston University School of Medicine’s Distinguished Alumna Award.

Her clinical studies were conducted in Boston University’s General Clinical Research Center, where she served as co-director from 1975 to 1977 and director from 1977 to 1986.

In l986 Dr. Vaitukaitis returned to NIH as director of the General Clinical Research Centers Program. In l991 she became NCRR’s deputy director for extramural research resources and subsequently acting NCRR director (1992) and director (l993).

Dr. Vaitukaitis holds memberships in numerous organizations, including the National Academy of Science Institute of Medicine.

Directors of NCRR

NameDate of Birth Dates of Office
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To
Robert A. Whitney, Jr..........................November 1984August 1992
Judith L. Vaitukaitis.........................September 1992.........................
Directors of DRR

Frederick L. Stone.........................July 15, 1962July 1965
Thomas J. Kennedy.........................July 1, 1965July 1, 1976
Thomas G. Bowery.........................Sept. 3, 1968Jan. 15, 1981
James F. O'Donnell (Actg).........................January 1981September 1982
Betty H. Pickett.........................Oct. 1, 1982Oct. 1, 1988
Directors of DRS

Chris A. HansenSept. 15, 1915April 1956July 1968
William B. DeWittJune 3, 1921July 1968August 1971
Roger D. Estep.........................November 1971July 1972
Joe R. Held1931July 1972November 1984


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