Zerhouni nominated to direct NIH

April 17, 2002

The imaging community could soon have a powerful friend at the National Institutes of Health. The White House formally nominated Dr. Elias Zerhouni March 26 to direct the Institutes, which together fund some 43,000 biomedical projects with about $27

The imaging community could soon have a powerful friend at the National Institutes of Health. The White House formally nominated Dr. Elias Zerhouni March 26 to direct the Institutes, which together fund some 43,000 biomedical projects with about $27 billion annually. The U.S. Senate must first confirm Zerhouni for the post, which has been vacant since the departure of Harold Varmus in 2000. Before taking over as chair of radiology and executive vice dean for research at Johns Hopkins Medical Center, Zerhouni earned a reputation as an innovator in the development of advanced cardiac MR applications. While positioning Hopkins as a leader in this area, Zerhouni pioneered new collaborative product development techniques that married the research interests of his department with the commercial goals of selected equipment vendors.