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Academia Sinica member to head major US institute

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Victor J. Dzau, an academician at Taiwan's prestigious Academia Sinica, has been named the next president of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the health arm of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

Dzau's six-year term will begin July 1, 2014, the National Academy announced Thursday.

Born in Shanghai and raised in Hong Kong, Dzau was elected an academician of Taiwan's top research institute in 2000. He is currently a professor of medicine at Duke University and president and CEO of the Duke University Health System.

A trailblazer in translational research, Dzau pioneered gene therapy for vascular disease, being the first to introduce DNA decoy molecules to block transcriptions as gene therapy in humans.

He was elected to the IOM in 1998 and has served on several leadership committees.

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