National Institutes of Health Names New Council Members

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The National Institutes of Health has announced the appointment of nine individuals to the NIH Council of Councils. The Council was established to advise the NIH Director on policies and activities of the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (­DPCPSI), including making recommendations on research that represents important areas of emerging scientific opportunities, rising public health challenges, or knowledge gaps that deserve special emphasis or would otherwise benefit from strategic planning and coordination.

The council is composed of 27 members nominated by the NIH Institutes and Centers and from the Council of Public Representatives, an advisory committee to the NIH Office of the Director. Council members bring knowledge of institutes and centers and Office of the Director Office missions and operations, not as official representatives, but to provide advice beyond the research agenda of any individual institute or center.

“I am delighted to welcome this distinguished group of leaders to the Council of Councils. Collectively the council will inform our approach to foster new ideas based on analysis of the science. We will benefit greatly from their diverse perspectives, insight, and experience.” said DPCPSI Director, James M. Anderson, MD, PhD.

The following members will serve terms on the council through Oct. 31, 2016:

  • Philip O. Alderson, MD, Saint Louis University

  • Marlene Belfort, PhD, University of Albany, State University of New York

  • Ana M. Cuervo, MD, PhD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York

  • Judy E. Garber, MD, MPH, Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, Boston

  • Lila Gierasch, PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  • King K. Holmes, MD, PhD, University of Washington, Seattle

  • Norma Sue Kenyon, PhD, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine

  • Norbert J. Pelc, ScD, Richard M. Lucas Center for Imaging, Clark Center, Stanford, California

A roster of the full Council of Councils with further information about the members is posted on the Council’s website,