News Release

Friday, June 19, 2015

NIH Council of Councils Members named

The National Institutes of Health today announced the appointment of eight 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 (ICs) and offices within the Office of the Director (OD). Council members bring knowledge of IC’s and OD office missions and operations, not as official representatives, but to provide advice beyond the research agenda of any individual IC.
“I am pleased to welcome these outstanding individuals to the NIH Council of Councils,” said DPCPSI Director, James. M. Anderson, M.D., Ph.D. “They bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise. We look forward to receiving their insights and unique scientific perspectives on the diverse activities of the division.”

The following members will serve terms on the council through Oct. 31, 2017:

  • Sharon Anderson, M.D., Oregon Health & Science University, Portland
  • Mary Lindsey Carnes, M.D., M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Hakon Heimer, M.S., Schizophrenia Research Forum, Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, Providence, Rhode Island

  • Terry L. Jernigan, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
  • Vivian S. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., University of Utah, Salt Lake City
  • Kimberly K. Leslie, M.D., University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City
  • Guillermina Lozano, Ph.D., The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
  • Keith A. Reimann, D.V.M., University of Massachusetts Medical School, Boston

An online roster provides further information about all the Council of Councils members.

About the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI): DPCPSI, in the NIH Office of the Director, identifies emerging scientific opportunities, rising public health challenges, and scientific knowledge gaps that merit further research. The Division plans and implements trans-NIH initiatives supported by the Common Fund and coordinates research related to AIDS, behavioral and social sciences, women's health, disease prevention, dietary supplements, tobacco regulatory science, and supports research infrastructure and science education activities. Visit:

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