Anthony S. Fauci’s longtime deputy will take over as acting head of the NIH’s infectious disease institute once he steps down at the end of the month.
With a $6.3 billion budget, the NIAID is only second to the National Cancer Institute in size among the agency’s 27 institutes and centers. Fauci hasn’t named a specific final day of work yet but he’s on the books until the end of the year.
Auchincloss has been the NIAID’s principal deputy director since 2006. He currently oversees the institute’s strategic plan and heads an internal group to develop its initiatives. He’s leading an effort to change the NIAID’s clinical research infrastructure so it’s more flexible and available for domestic and international clinical research.
Fauci announced this summer that he would step down by the end of the year. He’s been with the agency since the late 1960s and has led the NIAID since 1984, making him the US government’s face for infectious disease outbreaks from HIV to Covid-19 and everything in between. He will also leave his post as President
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