BLACKSBURG, Va., March 21, 2005 –  Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) Research Associate Professor Pedro Mendes has accepted an invitation to serve on a study section for the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Center for Scientific Review (CSR), which evaluates the majority of the research grant applications sent to NIH.

The CSR is responsible for receiving and processing all grant applications for NIH, in addition to reviewing and assessing the scientific merit of 70% of the applications. The primary goal of the CSR is to ensure that NIH applications receive fair, independent, and timely reviews, allowing NIH to fund the most promising research.

Review activities for the CSR are organized into Integrated Review Groups (IRGs). Each IRG represents a cluster of study sections around a general scientific area. Applications are generally assigned to an IRG first, and then to a specific study section within that IRG for evaluation. Mendes has accepted an invitation to serve on Modeling and Analysis of Biological Systems study section. His term begins immediately and ends on June 30, 2008.

"Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors,” said Brent Stanfield, acting director of the CSR. “Service on a study section also requires mature judgment and objectivity as well as the ability to work effectively in a group, qualities we believe Dr. Mendes will bring to this important task.”

"Dr. Mendes is a world-renowned expert in modeling and simulation of biological processes and systems,” said VBI Executive and Scientific Director Bruno Sobral. “His leadership in this field and at VBI is reflected in this appointment, where I am sure his service will be invaluable.”

Mendes’ study section falls under the Bioengineering Sciences and Technologies IRG, which reviews applications that focus on fundamental aspects of bioengineering and technology development in the following areas: gene and drug delivery systems, imaging principles for molecules and cells, modeling of biological systems, bioinformatics and computer science, statistics and data management, instrumentation, chips and microarrays, biosensors, and biomaterials.

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Published by Susan Bland, March 20, 2005