The National Institutes of Health announced that Dr. Martha J. Somerman, director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, will be retiring at the end of 2019, the agency said in a Nov. 14 news release.
Dr. Somerman, Ph.D., is the first woman to head NIDCR. Prior to joining the agency in 2012, she was the dean at the University of Washington School of Dentistry from 2002-11.
“It has been my privilege to work with Martha. She is an accomplished and caring clinical scientist who has provided dedicated scientific leadership to NIDCR. I wish Martha every happiness as she begins her next chapter,” said Francis Collins, M.D., NIH director.
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