NCRR Appoints Dr. Franziska Grieder Associate Director of Comparative Medicine
Bethesda, Maryland The National Center for Research Resources (NCRR),
a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced
today it has appointed Franziska Grieder, D.V.M., Ph.D., as Associate
Director of Comparative Medicine. Since 2000, Grieder has managed
the Division of Comparative Medicine's Laboratory Animal Sciences
Program, where she created the Mutant Mouse Regional Resource Centers
Program and supervised grants related to mammalian models, comparative
and functional genomics, and training opportunities for veterinarians
and veterinary students.
As the NCRR Associate Director of Comparative Medicine, Grieder
will oversee the division's grantmaking which exceeded $176 million
in FY 2004 to support the eight national primate research centers
and their field stations, primate breeding and resource-related
projects, development of mammalian and nonmammalian animal model
resources, pre- and post-doctoral training, and a variety of research
"Dr. Grieder has proven she can create and adapt programs to
accommodate the rapidly changing needs of the biomedical research
community, to ensure NCRR can provide the resources that are vital
to animal-based investigations," said NCRR Director Judith
L. Vaitukaitis, M.D. "Her substantial experience in both clinical
and basic research, combined with her knowledge of the NIH's grantmaking
process, makes her uniquely qualified for this pivotal position."
Since 1993, Grieder has been on the faculty and has conducted research
at the Medical School of the Uniformed Services University of the
Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. Her areas of expertise include
viral-induced neuroimmunology and neurodegeneration, emerging viral
threats, and the molecular genetics of Venezuelan equine encephalitis
(VEE) virus which is on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's
list of biowarfare agents.
in Dayton, Ohio, Grieder grew up in Switzerland and received
her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of
Zurich. She earned her Ph.D. in viral pathogenesis at the University
of Wisconsin-Madison, and conducted post-doctoral
research on the VEE virus at the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill. She has
written numerous articles and book chapters for scientific publications,
and her research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals including
Virology, Journal of Immunology, and Nature Genetics.
Grieder will assume her new responsibilities immediately. The previous
Associate Director of Comparative Medicine, John Strandberg, D.V.M.,
Ph.D., retired last December.
A high-resolution photo of Dr. Grieder is available at: http://www.ncrr.nih.gov/images/Grieder.jpg.
NCRR is part of the National Institutes of Health, an agency
of the Department of Health and Human Services. NCRR is the nation's
leading federal sponsor of resources that enable advances in many
areas of biomedical research. NCRR support provides the scientific
research community with access to a diverse array of biomedical
research technologies, instrumentation, specialized basic and clinical
research facilities, animal models, genetic stocks, and such biomaterials
as cell lines, tissues, and organs. Additional information about
NCRR can be found at www.ncrr.nih.gov.