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Interim Heads of NIH, CDC and FDA Named

The Obama Transition Team has announced interim appointments to head the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA's current science chief, Frank Torti, has been named as acting director until a permanent commissioner is appointed. 

Richard Besser, who headed the CDC's public health emergency preparedness and response functions, was appointed acting director of the CDC. He replaces Julie Gerberding who was head of CDC for the past 6 years.

Dr. Raynard Kington will continue to serve as Acting Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Kington was named Acting NIH Director on October 31, 2008, following the departure of Dr. Elias A. Zerhouni.