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Title: Senior Scientific Advisor
Office(s): Division of Extramural Activities (DEA)
Phone Number: (301) 451-9798
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Dr. Rene Etcheberrigaray is the Senior Scientific Advisor to the Director, Division of Extramural Activities, Nation Institute on Aging.  He came from the Center for Scientific Review where he most recently served as Deputy Director and previously as Director, Division of Neuroscience Development and Aging.  He brings to DEA highly valued management skills and a strong depth of knowledge and commitment to NIH peer review.  Dr. Etcheberrigaray obtained his M.D. from the University of Chile in 1987. He then came to NIH as a Fogarty International Center postdoctoral fellow, studying ion channel physiology and molecular neurobiology in an NINDS intramural lab. He continued there as a visiting associate and then a visiting scientist. Etcheberrigaray later moved to Georgetown University, where he started a laboratory that focused on potential therapeutic targets for Alzheimer’s disease and the role of calcium regulation and amyloid processing in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s. Before returning to NIH in 2002, Dr. Etcheberrigaray was the lab director and senior scientist at a biotechnology company in Rockville.