UT professor appointed to National Institutes of Health committee
Oct 31, 2007
Dr. Marcia McInerney, professor and chair of medicinal and biological chemistry in the College of Pharmacy, has been appointed to serve on a committee of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Dr. Marcia McInerney took a break from examining tissue culture cells at the inverted phase contrast microscope to pose for a photo.
She will be a member of the Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases B Subcommittee of the Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Initial Review Group.
“Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated expertise 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 Dr. Griffin Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).
Rodgers added that although membership on an initial review group represents a major commitment of professional time, the service also provides a unique opportunity to contribute to the national biomedical research effort.
McInerney has been a professor at UT since 1991 and served as an adjunct faculty member at the former Medical University of Ohio. Her research focuses on diabetes, both Type 1 and Type 2, exploring the role of the immune system, inflammation and immuopathogenesis in the disease process.
As a member of the UT Center for Diabetes and Endocrine Research (CeDER), she collaborates with Dr. Sonia Najjar, director of CeDER and professor of physiology, pharmacology, metabolism and cardiovascular diseases, on a grant supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This grant is investigating how a high-fat diet contributes to the development of Type 2 diabetes in mice.
Since 1992, McInerney has garnered more than $2.2 million in extramural grant funding related to diabetes research from NIH, the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), and the Diabetes Action Research and Education Foundation.
“We are quite pleased to see Marcia being tapped for service because it shows recognition for her research contributions and that she is prepared and recognized in her field,” said Dr. Johnnie Early, dean of the UT College of Pharmacy. “Beyond that, her publications and the funding she has won are exceptional and speak greatly for the University.”
McInerney received a Career Development Award from ADA (1993-1996), the Children’s Research Award from the Central Ohio Diabetes Association (1996), an Outstanding University Woman Award from the University Women’s Commission (2005), a UT Outstanding Faculty Research Award (2006) and the College of Pharmacy Dean’s Award for Outstanding Research (2006). She was named a Senior Iacocca Fellow at the Joslin Diabetes Center/Harvard University during her sabbatical leave in 1998-99.
With NIH-NIDDK, McInerney will be reviewing grants for clinician-scientist awards and training grants in diabetes research.
“I am happy to serve on a committee dedicated to training and supporting young investigators who will be utilizing clinical and basic science research methods to forward translational research that will ultimately enhance patient care,” said McInerney, who will remain on the committee through June 2011.