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NACA meeting: September 22-23, 2009

Staff Changes

Dr. Jaron Lockett joined the NIA as the new Intramural Scientific Recruiter and Associate Training Director for the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Dr. Lockett received his Ph.D. at Detroit's Wayne State University in Cellular and Molecular Pathobiology after graduating with an undergraduate degree in biology from Bowie State University. He did postdoctoral work in the Laboratory of Neurosciences under Dr. Stuart Maudsley and in the Laboratory of Immunology under Dr. Ashani Weeraratna.

Dr. Josephine Egan accepted the appointment as the new Chief, Laboratory of Clinical Investigation (LCI), NIA. Dr. Egan has served as Acting Chief since the departure of Dr. Darrell Abernethy in 2007.

Ms. Barbara Torrey joined BSR on August 10, 2009, as a special volunteer. Ms. Torrey is a Visiting Scholar at the Population Reference Bureau in Washington, DC, and was Executive Director of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the National Research Council until 2002. Before joining the National Research Council, Ms. Torrey had directed the Center for International Research at the US Census Bureau, was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Income Security Policy at the Department of Health and Human Services and a fiscal economist at the Office of Management and Budget. She did both her undergraduate and graduate work at Stanford University in development economics. Subsequently, she did much of her research on the interactions of population change and economics. She has lived and worked in Japan, South East Asia, and East Africa. She has published a number of articles on both domestic and international topics and is a member of the Population Association of America (PAA) and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Ms. Torrey will assist BSR with the development of initiatives in economics.

Dr. Miroslaw Mackiewicz joined the Division of Neuroscience as a Health Scientist Administrator to develop and manage the Integrative Neurobiology and Sleep/Biological Rhythms Sections in the Neurobiology of Aging Branch. Dr. Mackiewicz earned his Ph.D. in Medical Sciences from the Institute of Oncology at the National Cancer Institute in Warsaw, Poland. He completed his postdoctoral training at the Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology where he conducted cancer-related research including mapping of genetic rearrangements in human carcinomas. He then moved to the Center for Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine as a postdoctoral fellow where he studied sleep and the impact of sleep and age on energy stores in the CNS. Prior to joining NIA, Dr. Mackiewicz was a Research Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and was Director of the Molecular Biology, Behavioral Assessment, and Biomarker Core Laboratories at the Center for Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology. His research focused on the molecular mechanisms regulating sleep and wakefulness, employing techniques of molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics and genomics. He is an active member of the Sleep Research Society where he served on the Presidential Task Force on Genetics and Sleep.

Dr. Lorenzo Refolo joined the Division of Neuroscience as the program director for the area of the molecular and cellular etiology of Alzheimer’s disease. He received a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the New Jersey State University of Medicine and Dentistry and subsequently trained as a post-doctoral fellow at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York, investigating the molecular and cell biology of the Alzheimer's Amyloid Precursor Protein. After concluding his post-doctoral training, Dr. Refolo held faculty positions at the Mayo Clinic Jacksonville and New York University’s Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research. Following his academic career, Dr. Refolo served as the Scientific Director at the Institute for the Study of Aging. From 2005 until the present, he was a program director in the Neurodegeneration Cluster at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) where his major responsibility was management of grants on ALS and Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.


Dr. Shari Ling, Staff Clinician, Clinical Research Branch (CRB), departed NIA to accept a position at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). She will continue to work with the CRB as a special volunteer.

Dr. Samer Najjar, Staff Clinician, Laboratory of Cardiovascular Science (LCS), left NIA to accept a position at the Washington Hospital Center. He will continue to work with the Clinical Research Branch as a special volunteer.

John W. R. Phillips, Chief of the Population and Social Processes (PSP) Branch in the Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR), left NIA on June 5, 2009, to return to the Social Security Administration (SSA), where he will direct a new Office of Policy Research. The BSR Division looks forward to working with Dr. Phillips as part of its continuing collaboration with the SSA. Dr. John Haaga is acting Branch Chief for PSP.