Susan Shurin has become acting director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, effective Dec. 1. She replaces Elizabeth Nadel, who will become president of Brigham and Women's/Faulkner Hospitals in Boston. Shurin, a pediatric hematologist, joined NHLBI as deputy director in early 2006 and became acting director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in October. Previously, she was a professor of pediatrics and of oncology at Case Western University. NHLBI is currently searching for a new permanent director.
Alan Guttmacher will become NICHD's new acting director, also effective Dec. 1. Until Nov. 30, he was acting director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, and before that, NHGRI's deputy director. Guttmacher, a pediatrician and medical geneticist, was previously at the University of Vermont, where he directed the department of pediatrics' Vermont Regional Genetics Center and pregnancy risk information service and where he was the medical director of the Vermont Newborn Screening Program.