January 26, 2007

Pair named to NIH research resources advisory council

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Nancy Brown, M.D.

Pair named to NIH research resources advisory council

Kevin Johnson, M.D.

Kevin Johnson, M.D.

Nancy Brown, M.D., and Kevin Johnson, M.D., have been appointed to the Advisory Council of the National Center for Research Resources at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Their four-year terms begin Feb. 2.

The 18-member council advises the center about its program of support, which includes the nation's General Clinical Research Centers (GCRCs) and other resources for biomedical research.

“This announcement is an honor to Vanderbilt as well as to Nancy and Kevin, since it is unusual for NIH to appoint two individuals from a given institution to one Advisory Council at the same time,” said David Robertson, M.D., director of Vanderbilt's GCRC, one of the nation's most scientifically productive.

“Our institution is very fortunate to have two people whose insights are in such demand,” Robertson said.

“I'm pleased they have the opportunity to bring their experience and drive to this vital committee,” said Jeffrey Balser, M.D., Ph.D., associate vice chancellor for Research.

Brown, professor of Pharmacology, is nationally known for her research on blood pressure regulation.

She is a founder and former director of the Master of Science in Clinical Investigation program. Recently she was appointed associate dean for Clinical and Translational Scientist Development in the School of Medicine.

Johnson, associate professor and vice chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics, is a well-known developer and evaluator of clinical information technology.

An expert on electronic health records and patient safety, Johnson has a master's degree in Medical Informatics from Stanford University. He has served on two IOM committees that recommended ways to reduce medical and medication errors.