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New IOM Head

Duke University's Victor Dzau is to be the next president of the US National Academies’ Institute of Medicine, according to the organization. Dzau is currently the chancellor for health affairs at Duke and the president and CEO of the Duke University Health System.

ScienceInsider notes that Dzau has studied the genetics behind cardiovascular disease as well as stem cell treatments and gene therapies, and, while at Duke, he established institutes dedicated to global health, health innovation, and translational medicine.

“As science, engineering, and medicine are increasingly interconnected, Victor Dzau’s foresight in advancing innovation and the translation of research into diagnostic methods, medicines, and creative solutions for human health issues will be a tremendous asset to the Academies,” says CD Mote, the president of the National Academy of Engineering in a statement.

Dzau, whose term is to begin in July, will replace Harvey Fineberg, who has served as IOM president for 12 years.