National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins, MD has announced the selection of Dr. Gary H. Gibbons to be the new Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Dr. Gibbons is expected to join the NIH leadership team this summer. Until his arrival, Dr. Susan Shurin will continue to lead NHLBI as the Institute's Acting Director. She will then return to her position of Deputy Director of the Institute.
Dr. Gibbons comes to the NIH from Morehouse School of Medicine, where he was founder and Director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute, an NIH-funded Research Center of Excellence. He is a nationally recognized clinician-scientist who directs research in the fields of vascular biology, genomic medicine, and the pathogenesis of vascular disease. In addition, his Institute at Morehouse is preeminent in discovery science related to the cardiovascular health of minority populations. Dr. Gibbons' own laboratory works towards discovering novel mediators of vascular disease. His program is involved in collaborations to study the functional significance of epigenetic and genomic variation and its potential role in susceptibility to cardiovascular disease.
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