The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) deputy director for extramural research stepped down last month to take on a new post.
Norka Ruiz Bravo, who had been in her position at the NIH for five years, vacated the role at the end of October and is now a special advisor to the NIH director (another position that recently changed). For the meantime she will be replaced by Salley Rockey, who has been in the Office of Extramural Research for three years.
"I personally believe that the leadership of high level positions like that of the [deputy director of extramural research] should turn over every five or six years to make room for new perspectives and direction," Ruiz Bravo said in a statement posted on the extramural research Web site. She added that in light of Zerhouni's departure it seemed like the right time to make the change.
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