Memorandum School of Medicine
Department of Planning and Operations
Schwitalla Hall, Room 271
Phone: 977-8067
Fax: 977-9852
Date: January 26, 2012
To: School of Medicine Faculty
From: Enrico Di Cera, M.D.
Chair, Research Planning Committee
Subject: School of Medicine Study Section

In August 2011, the Research Planning Committee (RPC) announced the establishment of an internal study section for the School of Medicine whose purpose is to review NIH and NIH-type applications prior to submission. This service is meant to improve the quality of submissions and is offered to all medical school faculty under the following terms:

Submission of grant proposals to the study section is voluntary for all faculty.

Faculty who plan to submit to the study section must inform the RPC (in care of Denise Johnson, at least eight weeks prior to the grant deadline with a letter of intent that lists the title of the proposal, the agency targeted for submission, the submission deadline, and the names of members of the study section who should act as reviewers. The proposal must then be received by the RPC within three weeks from the letter of intent.

The RPC will assign the proposal to two or three members of the study section for evaluation and will inform the applicant accordingly. Reviews will be returned to the applicant within three weeks to allow enough time (at least two weeks) for the applicant to review the feedback received, discuss the proposal further with the reviewers and amend the application as needed prior to submission. In this process, the applicant will have the benefit of direct interaction with the reviewers and the reviewers will focus only on the proposals assigned to them, thereby avoiding the need to convene the entire study section for review.

I encourage you to take advantage of this valuable service offered by the RPC to all faculty of the School of Medicine. Do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions about the internal study section.

The current members of the Internal Study Section are:
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Stephen Barenkamp M.D.
Department of Pediatrics

Expertise: development of vaccines for prevention of nontypable Haemophilus influenzae disease; clinical investigations of bacterial vaccines


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Dale Dorsett Ph.D.
Professor Saint Louis University School of MedicineDepartment of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Expertise: chromosome structure and control of gene expression during development using Drosophila molecular genetics; elucidation of the molecular mechanisms of Cornelia de Lange syndrome


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Joel Eissenberg Ph.D.
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Expertise: mechanisms of gene activation and silencing; transcriptional activation and chromatin remodeling; RNA polymerase elongation factors


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David Ford Ph.D.
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Expertise: biochemical mechanisms in cardiovascular diseases; targeting of membrane phospholipids; alterations in lipid metabolism and signaling pathways


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Duane Grandgenett Ph.D.
Institute of Molecular Virology

Expertise: retrovirus Integration; structure-function relationships between retrovirus integrase and its viral DNA substrate


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Tomasz Heyduk Ph.D.
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Expertise: mechanisms of transcription regulation; development of novel sensors for biomolecule detection and imaging


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Srinivas Kumar M.D., Ph.D.
Division of Heamtology/Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine

Expertise: HIV biology, virus assembly and RNA transport; creation and use of novel gene delivery systems; derivation of induced pluripotent stem cells


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John Long D.V.M.
Department of Comparative Medicine

Expertise: animal studies; development and approval of animal protocols


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Jane McHowat Ph.D.
Department of Pathology

Expertise: cardiovascular disease, cancer and inflammatory diseases; Chagas’ disease; inflammatory cell recruitment to the blood vessel wall


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Terry Moore M.D.
Division of Rheumatology, Department of Internal Medicine

Expertise: rheumatology; juvenile rheumatoid arthritis; systemic lupus erythematosus; febrile syndromes; vasculitis; immunological disorders


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Ratna Ray Ph.D.
Department of Pathology

Expertise: molecular biology of gene regulation; signal transduction; tumor biology; gene therapy; HCV mediated pathogenesis


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Daniela Salvemini Ph.D.
Department of Pharmacological and Physiological Science

Expertise: pharmacological mechanisms of pain; nitroxidative species in arthritis, nerve injuries and chemotherapy induced neuropathic pain


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John Tavis Ph.D.
Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

Expertise: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and the mechanism by which the reverse transcriptase binds to the viral RNA


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Daniel Zahm Ph.D.
Department of Pharmacological and Physiological Science

Expertise: patterns of organization in the basal forebrain; how forebrain systems contribute to behavioral synthesis and brain development