|NINDS Names New Scientific Director
Dr. Alan Koretsky to lead Institute’s intramural research
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS),
a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announces the
appointment of Alan P. Koretsky, Ph.D., as Scientific Director.
Beginning October 1, 2006, he will direct the NINDS Division of
Intramural Research, which conducts studies on the biomedical processes
involved in the more than 600 disorders and conditions that affect
the nervous system.
“Dr. Koretsky is an outstanding choice to manage our science program’s
intellectual and financial resources,” said Story C. Landis, Ph.D.,
NINDS director, in making the announcement. “We looked for someone
whose breadth of knowledge and scientific experience is equally
broad. Dr. Koretsky is internationally known for developing imaging
techniques that allow us to better see and understand brain structure
and nerve system mechanics.”
As Scientific Director, Dr. Koretsky will plan, lead, and assess
all aspects of the NINDS intramural research program of basic and
clinical research, which focuses on the causes, diagnosis, treatment,
and prevention of neurological disorders. He will also oversee
all aspects of the Institute’s intramural multidisciplinary research
efforts, develop new research programs, recruit new investigators
to the NINDS intramural program, and build networks of scientists
involved in various fields of neuroscience and neurobiology.
Dr. Koretsky has been chief of the NINDS Laboratory of Functional
and Molecular Imaging since June 1999. He also directs the NIH
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Research Facility/Mouse Imaging Facility.
His major research interest is in the area of developing novel
magnetic resonance imaging techniques to visualize brain structure
and function. He has used these techniques to study cellular energy
metabolism, to monitor the regulation of blood flow, and, most
recently, to map changes in the brain that occur in a variety of
normal and pathological conditions.
Previously, he spent 12 years as a professor of biological sciences
at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his undergraduate degree
from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his master
of science and graduate degrees from the University of California
at Berkeley. Dr. Koretsky has co-authored more than 130 publications
and served on the editorial boards of several journals. Presently,
he is on the editorial board of Contrast Media and Molecular
Imaging. In 2002, he received the International Society of
Magnetic Resonance in Medicine’s Gold Medal Award for his work
in developing MRI tools.
The NINDS, a component of the National Institutes of Health in
Bethesda, MD, is the nation's leading agency for research on the
brain and nervous system. More information about the NINDS is available
at its website, www.ninds.nih.gov.
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Medical Research Agency — includes 27 Institutes and
Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting
and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research,
and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both
common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and
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