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New Orleans, LA – Richard Scribner, MD, MPH, D’Angelo Professor of Alcohol Research at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Public Health, has been appointed Chairman of the National Institutes of Health Community Influences on Health Behavior Study Section.

The primary function of NIH study sections is to review and rate research grant applications for scientific and technical merit. They make recommendations for the appropriate level of funding support and duration of the grant award. Those who are asked to chair study sections are selected on the basis of demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific disciplines as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors. Study section chairs play a key role in the function and success of their sections, from identifying, assessing and helping to train candidate reviewers and panel members, to ensuring the quality of the quality of the NIH peer review process. They are responsible for the flow and focus of the scientific discussion at the meeting. They monitor the quality of the review process, and intervene or facilitate as needed to ensure balanced discussion, guard fairness and promote consistent scoring, so that grants are assigned the proper scores.

The Community Influences on Health Behavior [CIHB] Study Section reviews applications concerned with the broader socioenvironmental contexts. The applications may examine social, cultural, and other socioenvironmental factors and processes and their inter-relationships with a broad range of outcomes, including mental and physical health, illness and disorder, risk and protective behaviors and behavior change, health beliefs and attitudes, and normal development and functioning across the lifespan.

One of the nation’s most authoritative alcohol and public health research scientists, Dr. Scribner has been the principal investigator of five RO1 grants representing about $7 million in funding support. His total career research funding exceeds $12 million. Dr. Scribner has studied the relationship of alcohol to HIV, STDs, violence, neighborhood environment and health disparities, as well as binge drinking among college students. His studies showing a relationship between alcohol outlet density and crime and health are well known and highly regarded.

Dr. Scribner has served on research review committees for the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and Louisiana and California Departments of Public Health.

He has been invited to speak to numerous professional societies, policy makers, political and government groups on everything from alcohol prevention and community conditions that contribute to alcohol problems to obese neighborhoods and STDs and GIS mapping.

Dr. Scribner is widely published including book chapters, peer reviewed journal publications, and abstracts. He is a reviewer for the Journal of the American Medical Association, Prevention Science, the American Journal of Public Health, the Journal of Studies on Alcohol, Alcoholism: clinical and Experimental Research, the Journal of Alcohol Policy, Addiction, and Alcohol Health and Research World.

Dr. Scribner occupies the Endowed Chair of Alcohol Research at the LSUHSC School of Public Health. His other honors include the Shannon Award from the National Institutes of Health, Researcher of the Year from the University of Southern California Institute for Prevention Research, and an NCI Fellowship awarded by the National Cancer Institute.

Dr. Scribner’s appointment is effective immediately, and he will serve until July 1, 2011.


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