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Former NIH Head Joins Mayo Clinic Trustees
Date:5/29/2009

ROCHESTER, Minn., May 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Former director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D., has joined the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees. Dr. Zerhouni, who directed the NIH from May 2002 through October 2008, participated in his first meeting as a board member on May 8th in Rochester.

"We are very pleased to have Dr. Zerhouni with us," says Jim Barksdale, Chairman of the Mayo Clinic Board. "He brings a wealth of experience and expertise that will be of great value as we move forward."

"I am honored to be a trustee at Mayo Clinic because I share Mayo's well-known missions of excellence in clinical care, teaching and translation of biomedical research into outstanding patient care," says Dr. Zerhouni.

While at NIH, Dr. Zerhouni made numerous program changes designed to encourage interdisciplinary efforts between the 27 institutes and centers of the NIH such as the development of an integrated research effort into the problem of widespread obesity, supported the reduction of health care disparities and the development of the Neuroscience Blueprint. Well known for his "NIH Roadmap" to accelerate medical research, he also was instrumental in creating the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA), which funds dozens of CTSA Centers across the nation, aimed at re-invigorating the scientific discipline of translational research designed to move scientific discoveries into medical practice more effectively and to bridge the gaps between fundamental research and practice. He also focused much of his efforts on the support of young scientists and the encouragement of high risk/high impact potentially transformative research. His efforts led to the passing of the NIH Reform Act by Congress in 2006 that institutionalized many of his reforms, the first such act in decades.

Dr. Zerhouni, a native of Algeria, completed a residency in diagnostic radiology a
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