Valentines Day has come and gone, and still President Barack Obama has not named a head for the embattled US Food and Drug Administration. We linkurl:reported;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/55352/ in January that the search had narrowed to two individuals -- Baltimore city health commissioner linkurl:Joshua Sharfstein;http://www.ci.baltimore.md.us/mayor/cabinet.php and Duke University cardiologist linkurl:Robert Califf;http://www.dukemedicine.org/Leadership/Administration/CaliffRobert -- but now it appears that the script has slightly flipped.
According to the linkurl:__Washington Post__,;http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/17/AR2009021703177.html Sharfstein is still in the running, but Califf has been replaced by linkurl:Margaret Hamburg,;http://www.nlm.nih.gov/changingthefaceofmedicine/physicians/biography_136.html an AIDS researcher with an impressive resume. Hamburg, a Harvard Medical School grad, was the New York City health commissioner for much of the 1990s, and before that served as assistant director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. In the Clinton administration, Hamburg served as assistant secretary for policy and evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.Though it...
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