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Kerry McDonald, PhD

Cardiovascular Expert Joins Leading Scientists as New Member of NIH Study Section

National panel reviews research related to heart function and disease

Kerry McDonald, PhD, associate professor of medical pharmacology and physiology at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, has been appointed a charter member of the Cardiac Contractility, Hypertrophy, and Failure Study Section at the National Institutes of Health. He will join a 20-member panel of the nation's leading scientists in reviewing grant applications that involve basic, applied and translational aspects of heart function, homeostasis and disease.

"An appointment to an NIH study section is based on demonstrated competence and achievement in the selected member's area of inquiry, and it reflects peer assessment of judgment, objectivity and ability to work effectively in a group," said Ronald Korthuis, PhD, George L. and Melna A. Bolm Distinguished Professor in Cardiovascular Health and chair of the Department of Medical Pharmacology and Physiology. "I value these same attributes in Kerry, and I am delighted with this appointment. It provides tangible evidence of his stature in his field, allows him to contribute to the national research agenda and carries prestige for the University of Missouri."

Six scientists from the MU Department of Medical Pharmacology and Physiology currently hold NIH study section appointments. The department is ranked 12th in the nation in terms of research funding.

McDonald was appointed to the NIH study section by the Center for Scientific Review (CSR). CSR is the portal for NIH grant applications and their review for scientific merit. The CSR organizes peer review groups or study sections that evaluate 70 percent of the research grant applications sent to NIH. CSR receives nearly 80,000 applications a year and recruits more than 17,000 external experts to review its portion of them in its study sections, which often meet three times a year.

McDonald received his doctorate in biology from Marquette University in 1992. He then completed an NIH-sponsored postdoctoral fellowship in physiology at the University of Wisconsin, where he also served as an assistant scientist. Since joining MU in 1997, he has received the Dorsett L. Spurgeon, MD, Distinguished Medical Research Award, NIH Independent Scientist Award, and appointment to the Order of Socrates for Excellence in Medical Education.
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