NCATS Director Christopher P. Austin, M.D., has announced Keith R. Lamirande, M.B.A., as the Center’s new associate director for administration and executive officer. Lamirande will join NCATS on Aug. 9, 2015.
“Translation is a multifaceted problem that requires team-based solutions at every level, necessitating innovation in both science and administration and seamless coordination between them,” Austin said. “Keith’s training as a scientist, together with his deep and broad accomplishments in administrative areas from budget and human resources to strategic planning and policy, make him a perfect fit for NCATS.”
Lamirande’s career at NIH spans more than 25 years, starting in the lab and progressing through a number of administrative disciplines. He currently serves as the executive officer and deputy ethics counselor at NIH’s National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), where he provides leadership and direction for a wide array of the Institute’s administrative management activities, including financial management, management analysis, general administration and information technology. Lamirande’s other roles during his 14-year tenure at NIAAA included serving as the deputy executive officer, budget officer, deputy budget officer and budget analyst.
“I am incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to serve at NIH for so many years, and I am looking forward to joining the NCATS leadership team,” Lamirande said. “The transformative mission of NCATS to accelerate the delivery of new treatments and cures for disease to patients is exciting and energizing, and I am thrilled to soon be a part of this exceptional and intrepid mission.”
Lamirande began his NIH career in 1990 as a biologist with the Veterinary Resources Program of NIH’s former National Center for Research Resources, working in veterinary pathology. A 1993 graduate of the NIH Management Intern program, Lamirande has served on a number of high-profile NIH committees. He currently serves as the chair of the NIH Administrative Training Committee, with oversight of the Management Intern and Presidential Management Fellows programs.
Lamirande has been recognized for his work with two NIH Director’s Awards, an NIH Office of the Director Honor Award and the NIAAA Martin K. Trusty Excellence in Management Award. Lamirande earned his master of science degree in business administration from Loyola College in Baltimore and his bachelor of science degree in biology from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.
Posted July 2015