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Director's Message

A Message from the NINR Acting Director, Dr. Lawrence A. Tabak 

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for your continued support of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) during this period of leadership transition. Since I became the acting director of NINR in October, I have had the privilege of getting to know many of the outstanding scientists from the NINR research community. Your work to improve the health and quality of life of individuals, families, and communities, and your dedication to your science is truly inspiring.   

I want to share with you some important news about leadership changes at NINR. Beginning on January 1, 2020, NIH Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, has asked me to serve as the acting director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) upon the retirement of NIDCR’s current director, Martha J. Somerman, DDS, PhD. At that time, Tara A. Schwetz, PhD, will become the acting director of NINR. Dr. Schwetz has done an outstanding job serving as NINR’s acting deputy director, and I know that under her leadership NINR will be well-served until a permanent NINR director is appointed. As you know, Dr. Schwetz also serves as the associate deputy director of NIH and brings a wealth of leadership experience to NINR.

In addition, Dr. Schwetz has asked Jessica M. Gill, PhD, RN, FAAN, to serve as the NINR acting deputy director. Many of you know Dr. Gill as an outstanding scientist and dedicated leader in NINR’s Division of Intramural Research. We are grateful to her for serving recently as the acting scientific director of NINR, and we thank Dr. Gill for her willingness to take on even greater responsibility. 

Thank you again for your support during my time as acting director and thank you for being a vital part of the NIH research community. I know that NINR has a bright future ahead, and I look forward to the continued success and outstanding achievements of NINR-supported scientists. 

Sincerely,
Lawrence A. Tabak, DDS, PhD
Principal Deputy Director, NIH

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