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Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, Takes Post as 19th Director of the CDC
On Wednesday, Jan. 20, Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, officially began her post as the 19th director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In a statement, Dr. Walensky, former chief of the Infectious Diseases Division and Steve and Deborah Gorlin MGH Research Scholar 2015-2020, acknowledged the heartache and hardships caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but also expressed hope for the future.“Better healthier days lie ahead. But to get there, COVID-19 testing, surveillance, and vaccination must accelerate rapidly. We must also confront the longstanding public health challenges of social and racial injustice and inequity that have demanded action for far too long.”
Read her recent Opinion in The New York Times ›
Messages of support from Dr. Walensky’s colleagues ›
"I agreed to serve as CDC. director because I believe in the agency’s mission and commitment to knowledge, statistics and guidance. I will do so by leading with facts, science and integrity — and being accountable for them, as the CDC has done since its founding 75 years ago."
- Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH
Steve and Deborah Gorlin MGH Research Scholar 2015-2020
Galit Alter, PhD, Named a Bostonian of the YearGalit Alter, PhD, Samana Cay MGH Research Scholar 2017-2022, Kristine and Bob Higgins MGH Research Scholar 2012-2017, was recently named a Bostonian of the year by The Boston Globe for her groundbreaking research and efforts encouraging collaboration among scientists during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read the full story in The Boston Globe ›
Check out Dr. Alter’s Tik Tok channel explaining her research ›
"It is clear that the more we break down barriers to collaboration, the faster science goes."
- Galit Alter, PhD
Samana Cay MGH Research Scholar 2017-2022
Kristine and Bob Higgins MGH Research Scholar 2012-2017
Raymond Chung, MD, Will Serve as President of the American Association for the Study of Liver DiseasesRaymond Chung, MD, Kevin and Polly Maroni MGH Research Scholar 2013-2018, was elected president of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) for the upcoming year.
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Jordan Smoller, MD, ScD, Elected President of the International Society of Psychiatric GeneticsJordan W. Smoller, MD, ScD, Tepper Family MGH Research Scholar 2014-2019, has been elected president of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics (ISPG)
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