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September 18, 2015—President Obama Sept. 17 nominated Robert Califf, M.D., to succeed Margaret Hamburg, M.D., as Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner. Dr. Califf is currently serving as FDA Deputy Commissioner. Prior to joining the FDA, Dr. Califf was Duke University Vice Chancellor of Clinical and Translational Research.

Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) Sept. 17 announced that he will retire in 2016 after serving in Congress since 2003.

National Institute of Mental Health Director Thomas Insel, M.D., announced Sept. 15 that he will step down effective Nov. 1.

Rep. Dan Benishek, M.D., (R- Mich.) Sept. 15 announced that he will not seek reelection in 2016 after serving in Congress for 6 years. He is currently serving as the Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health.

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