The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has named George W. Counts as head of the newly established Clinical Research Management Branch in the Treatment Research Program of NIAID’s Division of AIDS.

Prior to the appointment, Counts, 54, had been a professor of medicine at the University of Washington, Seattle, since 1975. He also served as director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seat- tle from 1985 to 1989.

Counts’ research has focused on hospital-associated infections; infections in immunocompromised patients; and the role of antimicrobial agents in the prevention and treatment of bacterial, fungal, and protozoan infections. As chief of the Clinical Research Management Branch, Counts will work to make the AIDS clinical trials units more effective. He will also lead the initiative to enroll patients from more diverse populations into clinical trials. Target populations include African-Americans, Hispanics, women, and intravenous drug...

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