NIH appoints Nakamura to CSR director position

The U.S. National Institutes of Health announced the appointment on Monday of Richard Nakamura as the new director for the NIH's Center for Scientific Review.

Nakamura took the acting director position in September 2011, overseeing 450 scientists in the management of 80,000 incoming grant applications annually. He aids the researchers in reviewing most of the applications in 1,600 annual CSR peer review groups with more than 18,000 reviews for the scientific community.

"Richard has done a tremendous job of leading CSR in this transitional period," Frances S. Collins, the director of the NIH, said. "CSR has experienced many changes in a short amount of time, and Richard has demonstrated extraordinary leadership abilities as CSR continues to evaluate its trans-NIH peer review processes by putting improved and more efficient procedures in place so the NIH can fund the most promising research."

Nakamura first joined the NIH's National Institute of Mental Health in 1976 as a post-doctoral fellow. He became chief of its Integrative Neuroscience Research Branch in the mid-1980s and served as the deputy director from 1997 to 2007. He became the institute's scientific director in 2007 before taking the acting CSR director position in September 2011.

The CSR's mission is to ensure that NIH grant applications receive expert, independent, timely and fair reviews free from inappropriate influences.

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