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Help Wanted: Departure of Top Officials Adds to Vacancies at NIH

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Science  02 Nov 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5544, pp. 970-971
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5544.970a

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Steven Hyman, director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), is leaving to become provost at Harvard University in December. And Alan Leshner, director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), will become CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the publisher of Science. The twin departures have added to concerns among scientists about a growing leadership vacuum at the National Institutes of Health, which has been without a permanent director for 22 months and now has vacancies at the heads of five institutes.