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Dr. Charles N. Rotimi resigns as Director of the NHGC at Howard University


Dr. Charles N. Rotimi, Ph.D., director of the National Human Genome Center (NHGC) since 2005 and director of Genetic Epidemiology in the NHGC since 1999, resigned from his University position on March 14, 2008.
Dr. Charles N. Rotimi, a highly productive and pioneering scientist, continues to chart new territories and open new vistas in the genetics of complex diseases in African populations and the African Diaspora. Since relocating to Howard University.

Dr. Rotimi’s career achievements have been exceptional and have catapulted him from his place of leadership in the NHGC at Howard University to a position of leadership now at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, where he was selected as director to build an intramural national center for genomics and health disparities.During his time at the NHGC, Dr. Rotimi maintained a stellar record of scientific productivity making Genetic Epidemiology the largest and leading unit in papers published and grants funded. Dr. Rotimi himself published over a hundred papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, with the majority of these since coming to Howard University.

The dollar amount of NHGC grants and contracts that Dr. Rotimi has attracted as principal investigator total nearly twenty million in direct dollars to Howard University. Dr. Charles N. Rotimi proved to be an integral part of ‘history-in-the-making’ at the NHGC. His work on the genetics of common complex diseases in African populations has provided an institutional platform for the NHGC at Howard University to build upon in its continuing charge to provide leadership for America and the global community.

The NHGC and Howard University community acknowledged Dr. Rotimi for his outstanding achievements in science at a Special Recognition Luncheon in his honor at Howard University March 13, 2008.

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