Neurology Chair Joins NIH National Advisory Council
Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S., professor and Chair of Neurology and the Olemberg Family Chair in Neurological Disorders, has been appointed to the NIH’s National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council, the principal advisory body to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).
“I am excited to serve on the NINDS council and hope I can contribute to the NIH mission during these fiscally challenged times,” said Sacco, who is also Executive Director of the McKnight Brain Institute.
Sacco and the 18-member council, composed of physicians, scientists and public representatives, will be responsible for reviewing and making recommendations on grant applications to support biomedical research and research training activities.
“NIH funding is critical to our research mission of making life-changing discoveries that lead to a better understanding of nature and the world we live in, new drugs, treatments and devices,” said Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School of Medicine and CEO of UHealth. “Ralph’s diverse knowledge and expertise will provide invaluable insight for the Institute’s research programming and planning initiatives.”
An internationally renowned stroke expert, Sacco, who is also Miller Professor of Public Health Sciences, Human Genetics and Neurological Surgery, has received more than $17 million in NIH funding for his groundbreaking research into stroke genetics, prevention and risk factors, carotid atherosclerosis, and ethnic and racial variations of vascular cognitive impairment and decline.
The first neurologist to serve as president of the American Heart Association, Sacco is also among the first to investigate the environmental and genetic markers for stroke, especially among Hispanics and blacks who may be at increased risk compared to non-Hispanic whites.
A member of the World Stroke Organization’s Board of Directors, Sacco is also a widely sought-after lecturer, clinician and scientist who has written three books and more than 700 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and abstracts.
His four-year term on the NINDS advisory council ends July 31, 2017.