Thomas R. Insel, MD, director of the National Institutes for Mental Health (NIMH) has announced his departure from the agency after 13 years. He will officially step down in early November.
“I want to assure you that I am not leaving because of a problem or crisis,” Insel said in a statement. “Indeed, I chose this moment because I wanted to leave at a high point: for the first time in many years we have a complete and completely outstanding leadership team at NIMH, we have excellent engagement from the advocacy community, we have unprecedented support from Congress, and we have an inspiring strategic plan.”
He already has a new position lined up with Google Life Sciences.
A national search for a new director is forthcoming, but in the meantime Bruce Cuthbert, PhD, will serve as acting director.
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