Dr. Nettesheim recently completed 18 months as Acting Scientific
Director and head of the Division of Intramural Research at NIEHS, and before
that served as chief of the Laboratory of Pulmonary Pathobiology at NIEHS
since 1977. He joined NIEHS from a supervisory research position at Oak Ridge
National Laboratory in Tennessee.
Dr. Nettesheim has published widely in scientific journals, served on
editorial boards, and given numbers of invited lectures, and he has received
international recognition for his work in cellular and molecular pathobiology
of the respiratory tract. He will use his stays in Germany to study early
molecular alterations in human bronchial cells exposed to air pollutants,
working primarily with colleagues at the Fraunhofer Institute, which is
affiliated with the University of Hannover, in Hannover, Germany. Dr.
Nettesheim plans two stays in Hannover, from May to July 2002, and again in
NIEHS Director Dr. Kenneth Olden said, "This award recognizes Dr.
Nettesheim's highly distinguished research career and at the same time builds
on his research contributions through collaborations at one of Europe's
finest research institutes. This is truly an honor to both
Dr. Nettesheim and NIEHS."
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, which confers the award, is a
non-profit foundation established by the Federal Republic of Germany for the
promotion of international research cooperation.
The NIEHS is a component of the National Institutes of Health. Located
in Research Triangle Park, N.C., NIEHS is the only one of the National
Institutes of Health not headquartered in Bethesda, MD.