IGB Director Gene Robinson has been elected to the National Advisory Mental Health Council (NAMHC) of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The NAMHC advises the Secretary of Health and Human Services; the Director, National Institutes of Health; and the Director, National Institute of Mental Health, on all policies and activities relating to the conduct and support of mental health research, research training, and other programs of the Institute.
University of Illinois entomologist and neuroscientist Gene E. Robinson has been named director of the Institute for Genomic Biology, pending approval of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.
Professor Robinson has headed the institute on an interim basis since March 2011, and previously was leader of the IGB research theme Genomics of Neural and Behavioral Plasticity.
Robert Easter, interim vice chancellor for research, announced the appointment to administrators on January 10.