(COLLEGE STATION, TX) — David S. Carlson, Ph.D., vice president for research and graduate studies at the Texas A&M Health Science Center (HSC) and interim director of the HSC-Institute of Biosciences and Technology in Houston, has been named to the prestigious National Institutes of Health College of Center for Scientific Reviewers (CSR).

The mission of CSR College is to see that NIH grant applications receive fair, independent, expert and timely reviews – free from inappropriate influences. CSR seeks to engage high quality, experienced reviewers such as Dr. Carlson to match their expertise to the process of reviewing NIH applications for scientific merit.

“The invitation to be part of the College of CSR Reviewers is a great honor,” Dr. Carlson said. “Being on the College of CSR Reviewers is also an excellent opportunity to provide input regarding priorities for research directions that will be funded by the NIH.”

A two-year membership is by invitation only and limited to senior respected members of the scientific community who have a strong commitment to peer review.

College members provide written reviews for up to 12 grant applications per year as first-stage experts to assess each application. A second panel of reviewers with broad expertise will then examine the critiques and applications, focusing on the impact of the proposed research and assigning in a more consistent fashion final overall impact/priority scores.

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