Gierasch Named to National Institutes of Health’s Council of Councils

Lila Gierasch

Lila Gierasch, Distinguished Professor in biochemistry and molecular biology and chemistry, has been appointed to the National Institutes of Health’s 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 and from the Council of Public Representatives, an advisory committee to the NIH Office of the Director. Council members bring knowledge of institutes and centers and Office of the Director’s missions and operations, not as official representatives, but to provide advice beyond the research agenda of any individual institute or center.

Gierasch is one of nine new members of the council who will serve through Oct. 31, 2016.

“I am delighted to welcome this distinguished group of leaders to the Council of Councils. Collectively the council will inform our approach to foster new ideas based on analysis of the science. We will benefit greatly from their diverse perspectives, insight, and experience,” said DPCPSI director James M. Anderson.

The DPCPSI 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.