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
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.
March 20, 2005