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William Brody, Maria Freire, Richard Cox

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies this week named William Brody as the institute’s new president, effective March 1, 2009.
Brody is currently completing a 12-year tenure as president of Johns Hopkins University. A member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine, Brody will oversee Salk’s 870 scientific staff and direct the institute’s research objectives, Salk said.
Brody served as provost of the Academic Health Center at the University of Minnesota for two years prior to joining Johns Hopkins. He also held several appointments at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and at Stanford University School of Medicine. Brody is also the co-founder of three medical device companies, and served as president and CEO of Resonex, a medical instrument manufacturer, from 1984 to 1987.
He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and earned a PhD in electrical engineering and MD from Stanford.

The Institute of Medicine this week elected as a member Maria Freire, president of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation.
Freire is highly for her leadership in the field of global public health, and for her contributions to drug development for neglected diseases, public health policy, technology transfer, and intellectual property in medicine and basic science, the Lasker Foundation said.
Prior to joining the foundation, Freire was president and CEO of the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development. She also previously led the Office of Technology Transfer at the US National Institutes of Health.
The Institute of Medicine elected 65 new members and five foreign associates, raising its total membership to 1,736.

The University of Notre Dame has named Richard Cox as director of technology transfer, the school said last week.
Cox, whose appointment will start on Nov. 3, is currently director of technology transfer and economic development at the University of Hawaii, where he has worked since 2001. Prior to joining UH, he served as director of the intellectual property management office at the University of South Carolina, director of marketing for the National Technology Transfer Center, and vice president for marketing at the University of Tennessee Research Corporation.
Cox holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial management and an MBA from the University of Tennessee.

The Scan

Shape of Them All

According to BBC News, researchers have developed a protein structure database that includes much of the human proteome.

For Flu and More

The Wall Street Journal reports that several vaccine developers are working on mRNA-based vaccines for influenza.

To Boost Women

China's Ministry of Science and Technology aims to boost the number of female researchers through a new policy, reports the South China Morning Post.

Science Papers Describe Approach to Predict Chemotherapeutic Response, Role of Transcriptional Noise

In Science this week: neural network to predict chemotherapeutic response in cancer patients, and more.