Stephen Shrewsbury, MD, has joined inhaled drug developer MAP Pharmaceuticals (Mountain View, California) as vice president, clinical and regulatory affairs. Previously, Shrewsbury was senior director of clinical development at Chiron. MAP's lead product is a proprietary formulation of budesonide for the treatment of pediatric asthma. The company also is developing a series of respiratory and inhaled systemic drugs based on its Tempo Inhaler platform, including a rapid-relief treatment for migraine.

Cynthia Tolman has been named president of Life Therapeutics' Life Sera Division (Atlanta). She will continue to serve as a member of the company's executive operating committee. Tolman previously served as vice president, operations for Life Sera beginning in January 2004. Life Sera collects specialty plasma, including Anti-D and Hepatitis B from a donor base of more than 5,000 in eight U.S. collection centers. The plasma is then sold to blood fractionators who process it into hyperimmune therapeutic products.

Mark Williams, MD, has been appointed by the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM; Philadelphia), the medical society representing hospitalists, to serve as editor-in-chief of its new peer-reviewed medical journal, the Journal of Hospital Medicine. The journal, set to launch in January 2006, is being established to promote the science and practice of hospital medicine and the enhancement of inpatient hospital care. Williams is a former president and board member of SHM and has served in numerous leadership roles since the society's establishment in 1996. A professor of medicine and director of the Hospital Medicine Unit at Emory University School of Medicine, Williams established the first hospitalist program at a public hospital, Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, in 1998. He also is executive medical director of EHCA, a collaboration between Emory Healthcare and HCA Healthcare, one of the largest hospital companies in the U.S. Williams currently supervises a growing program of almost 50 hospitalists at two Emory Healthcare hospitals and four HCA medical centers.