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Pairings: Nov 18, 2009


Eric Green will take over as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, filling the role formerly held by Francis Collins, now director of the National Institutes of Health.

Alan Guttmacher, NHGRI's deputy director, has been serving as acting director of the institute since last year.

Green, who currently is scientific director at NHGRI and director of the Division of Intramural Research, will take the helm at the institute on Dec. 1.

During his decade directing the NIH Intramural Sequencing Center, Green established the Social and Behavioral Research Branch and the Center for Research on Genomics and Global Health, and he helped launch the Undiagnosed Diseases Program. He also has been chief of the Genome Technology Branch and the branch's Physical Mapping Section, and he has been involved in efforts to map, sequence, and understand complex genomes.

Green was involved in the Human Genome Project "from start-to-finish", and he started a program in comparative genomics that involves generation and analyses of sequences from targeted regions of the genomes of diverse species, NIH said.

Collins touted Green as the "the perfect choice" to lead the agency, which is expected to have a 2010 budget of $510 million, excluding its funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Clinical Data's PGxHealth division has established a scientific advisory board that will advise the firm on cardiovascular genetics applications for its Familion product line.

SAB members include Michael Ackerman, a pediatric cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic, director of Mayo's Long QT Syndrome Clinic, and director of Mayo's Windland Smith Rice Sudden Death Genomics Laboratory; Martin Maron, director of the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center at Tufts Medical Center; Silvia Priori, director of cardiovascular genetics at the Langone Medical Center at New York University and director of molecular cardiology at Italy's Fondazione Maugeri University; Jeffrey Towbin, director of cardiology and co-director of the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children's Hospital; and Arthur Wilde of the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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