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Monday, March 21, 2005
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Don Luckett

Antonio Scarpa, M.D., Ph.D., Named New Director of the Center for Scientific Review

Bethesda, Maryland — National Institutes of Health Director Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D., today announced the appointment of Antonio Scarpa, M.D., Ph.D., as the new director of the Center for Scientific Review (CSR). Dr. Scarpa is currently the David and Inez Myers professor and chair of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

“Dr. Scarpa brings an expansive intellect, distinguished research career, and extensive administrative experience to the critical task of leading CSR in managing the receipt and referral of NIH grant applications and coordinating their review in CSR peer review groups,” says Dr. Zerhouni. “He also brings an abiding commitment to the peer review process and the scientific community.” Dr. Scarpa has served as a permanent member of three NIH peer review committees between 1983 and 2003, and he has served on peer review committees for the American Heart Association.

Dr. Scarpa will replace Brent Stanfield, Ph.D., who became acting director of CSR since October 2003, following the departure of Ellie Ehrenfeld, Ph.D. Dr. Scarpa will join NIH on July 1, 2005.

“NIH peer review is world renowned for enabling NIH to fund the most promising biomedical research,” says Scarpa. “I am excited to join NIH and work to ensure the integrity, thoroughness, and efficiency of CSR operations as it faces many challenges.” Dr. Scarpa will rely on scientific administration skills honed during his 18-year tenure at Case Western Reserve, where he oversaw the development of a small physiology and biophysics department into one now ranked among the best in the country.

a photo of Antonio Scarpa, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Scarpa has conducted biophysical research into the cellular and molecular mechanisms of ion transport and homeostasis and the metabolic consequences induced by transport. His investigations have been supported by grants from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism; and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Dr. Scarpa has more than 225 peer-reviewed publications and has edited or co-edited 9 books or special journal supplements.

Dr. Scarpa has been an active member of the scientific community. He has been officer or board member of many scientific societies, including The Biophysical Society, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, and the Association American Medical Colleges. Over the years, Dr. Scarpa also has served on the editorial boards of 13 scientific journals and served as editor or co-editor for 5 journals: News in Physiological Sciences, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology International, Cell Calcium, Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, and Biophysical Journal.

Dr. Scarpa received his M.D. and Ph.D. (Libera Docenza) in general pathology from the University of Padua School of Medicine, and he conducted postdoctoral studies at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands, and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Scarpa continued his research and academic career for 17 years at the University of Pennsylvania before moving to Case Western Reserve in 1986.

The Center for Scientific Review organizes the peer review groups that evaluate the majority of grant applications submitted to the National Institutes of Health. CSR also receives all NIH and many Public Health Service grant applications and assigns them to the appropriate NIH Institutes and Centers and PHS agencies. Additional information on CSR is available on our Web site (http://www.csr.nih.gov) or by calling 301 435-1111.

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