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Richardson joins federal aging institute's Board of Counselors

Arlan G. Richardson, Ph.D., professor of physiology at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, has been invited by the National Institutes of Health to serve on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Institute on Aging (NIA).

His post begins immediately and will run five years, through June 30, 2007.

"The Board of Scientific Counselors evaluates the quality of intramural scientists and programs, which represent an integral part of the overall NIH mission," according to Dr. Richardson's selection letter. "The board serves as the only formally constituted group of outside scientists to review the National Institute on Aging's entire intramural program in a systematic fashion and to provide advice to the scientific director."

The board provides specific evaluation of individual scientists but also is an important voice for change in NIA policy, the letter noted.

"Serving on this panel is an exciting opportunity," Dr. Richardson said. "I believe this reflects the fact that the Health Science Center has one of the nation's strongest programs in research of aging and longevity. The NIA is an exceedingly important agency for the continuation of the quality science conducted in San Antonio."

Dr. Richardson is director of the Health Science Center's Aging Research and Education Center and is a senior research career scientist in the South Texas Veterans Health Care System.

Contacts: Will Sansom

Aileen Salinas