Karen A. Holbrook, a professor of biological structure at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, has been elected by the Dermatology Foundation to chair its medical and scientific committee. Holbrook's primary role as new chairwoman will be to lead the Evanston, Ill., organization's grant application review process for basic research.

The 16-member committee, which will oversee the foundation's 1992 Career Development awards, fellowships, and grants program, will have its first meeting in December. In its 25 years of existence, this awards program has collected more than $7 million to assist dermatologic research in the United States. This year, Holbrook says, she expects well over 100 grant applications.

Holbrook describes her organization as the major granting institution in the United States for dermatologic studies. "I think this is the major [program], besides the federal funding agencies, to give new investigators a good start in academic medicine and biomedical...

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