NIH News Release
Fogarty International Center

Wednesday, September 6, 2000

Contact: Jennifer Cabe
(301) 496-2075

Sharon Hemond Hrynkow Named Deputy Director of the Fogarty International Center

Bethesda, Maryland — Sharon Hemond Hrynkow, Ph.D. has been named Deputy Director of the Fogarty International Center (FIC) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As Deputy Director, Dr. Hrynkow will take a leadership role in guiding FIC's efforts to reduce the global burden of disease through research and research training.

Gerald T. Keusch, M.D., FIC's Director, says, "Dr. Hrynkow brings a wealth of knowledge to this position. Her strong scientific and diplomatic expertise, coupled with her experience as a scientist working abroad, will be invaluable to the Center as we work to address global health issues in partnership with a range of international colleagues."

Dr. Hrynkow joined FIC in 1995 and has worked in a number of key capacities at the Center. Most recently, as Acting Associate Director for Program Coordination, she worked closely with Dr. Keusch to implement new FIC programs and initiatives on topics such as bioethics, ecology of infectious diseases, and health and economics. Previously, as FIC's Assistant Director for International Relations and Director of the Division of International Relations, she advanced regional initiatives on behalf of FIC and NIH and served as FIC's chief advisor on foreign policy matters. As a Science Policy Analyst, she was one of the lead organizers of an international conference on malaria in Dakar, Senegal, in 1997. This conference launched the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria, a collaboration of NIH partners, African and European scientists, and the World Health Organization to support malaria research while building research capacity in malaria-endemic countries.

Prior to joining FIC, Dr. Hrynkow served as a Science Officer at the U.S. Department of State, where she worked with U.S. agencies and international organizations to advance health and science issues in the foreign policy arena. She played a key role in mobilizing foreign policy efforts to address the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

In response to the announcement, Dr. Hrynkow says, "I am honored to have the opportunity to contribute to FIC's critical agenda to address problems that affect the health of people throughout the world. I look forward to strengthening FIC's partnerships and to identifying new partners to assist us in reducing the global burden of disease through collaborative research efforts." Dr. Hrynkow's interests also include the advancement of science education for women in developing countries and the prevention of congenital brain deformities worldwide.

Dr. Hrynkow is a native Rhode Islander and a graduate of Rhode Island College. She earned her doctoral degree in developmental neurobiology at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Hrynkow's scientific publications include those aimed at examining the role of extracellular matrix molecules on the formation of neural connections during embryogenesis and on the role of cell lineage during neuronal differentiation. She received a Letten Saugstad Fellowship to conduct post-doctoral studies at the University of Oslo and was awarded a Science, Engineering and Diplomacy Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Hrynkow is an active member of several professional organizations and was elected to the Council on Foreign Relations in 1996. She was selected for the position of FIC Deputy Director after a government-wide search that concluded with her selection for the position effective July 30, 2000. Dr. Hrynkow succeeds FIC's former Deputy Director, Stephanie Bursenos, who retired in May 1999.

The Fogarty International Center has been a critical component of the NIH international research effort since 1968. The FIC mission is to reduce the global burden of disease. To accomplish this broad objective, FIC advances research and research training that prepares current and future scientists to meet global health challenges. Conceived by Congressman John E. Fogarty of Rhode Island, the Center works to advance the NIH mission through international cooperation. Press releases, fact sheets, and other FIC-related materials are available on the FIC Web site at