Noel Rose, M.D., director of the Center for Autoimmune Disease Research at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, has been named chairman of the Autoimmune Diseases Coordinating Committee at the National Institutes of Health.
Rose will keep NIH Director Elias Zerhouni, M.D., and HHS officials abreast of the work of the committee, formed in 1998 to facilitate collaboration among NIH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration and various private organizations.
Rose is a professor of pathology, molecular microbiology and immunology at the Johns Hopkins.
There are about 80 autoimmune diseases including lupus, multiple sclerosis, juvenile diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma and Graves? disease, affecting about 50 million Americans.