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Story C. Landis, Ph.D., Named New Director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Dr. Story C. Landis has been appointed director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). Dr. Landis was previously Scientific Director of the NINDS intramural program.

Dr. Landis joined the NINDS in 1995 as Scientific Director to coordinate and re-engineer the Institute's intramural research programs. Between 1999 and 2000, she led the movement to bring common purpose to 200 laboratories from eleven different NIH Institutes, all of which conduct leading-edge clinical and basic neuroscience research.

Previous academic and research positions were at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, where she served variously as Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Professor and Director of the Center on Neurosciences, and Chairman of the Department of Neurosciences. In her research career, Dr. Landis has made many significant contributions to the understanding of how signals are transmitted between neurons. She has garnered many honors and awards within the academic and scientific community. In 2002, she was named the President-Elect of the Society for Neuroscience.

In the Winter 2003-2004 edition of PDF News & Review, the PDF will bring readers an interview with Dr. Landis where she discusses her plans for NINDS and her new role.