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NINR Welcomes New Program Directors

September 18, 2014
lynn adams profile

NINR is pleased to welcome Dr. Lynn Adams and Dr. Augie Diana to its Division of Extramural Science Programs (DESP). Dr. Adams has joined the division as a Health Scientist Administrator in the Office of End-of-Life and Palliative Care Research (OEPCR) which coordinates NINR’s end-of-life and palliative care initiatives and Dr. Diana is the Program Director who will oversee NINR's Training and Technology program, which includes coordination of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Technology Transfer Research (STTR) grant portfolios. 

Dr. Lynn Adams

Dr. Adams comes to NINR from the NIH Office of Research on Women's Health where she was a liaison for a broad range of stakeholders and provided oversight for grant programs and science policy issues.  Prior to joining NIH, Dr. Adams was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Dr. Adams also served as a research fellow at the City of Hope’s Beckman Research Institute in the department of Tumor Cell Biology where she led preclinical research efforts to support the clinical breast and prostate cancer research teams, and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine where she designed and implemented research investigating the chemopreventive activities of natural products.

Dr. Augie DianaDr. Augie Diana

Dr. Diana previously served as health science administrator at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) where he oversaw SBIR/STTR grants and contracts for one of NIDA's Divisions. At NIDA, Dr. Diana also built portfolios of research on physical activity, communications/media, and prescription drug abuse. Prior to joining NIDA, Dr. Diana worked as a Senior Public Health Analyst at the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) where he was responsible for national cross-site evaluations of the State Incentive Grant project, and several data/technology initiatives. Dr. Diana has also worked in Boston and Colorado designing and managing evaluation and research projects at the community and state levels, with a primary focus on substance abuse prevention but also in areas of mental health, crime, delinquency, violence, and youth physical activity.

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