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CSR Reviewer Stories

pic7.jpg Each year, over 18,000 leading researchers from the scientific community serve on CSR study sections to review the thousands more grant applications submitted to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
We want to share their stories so you can know some of the dedicated people who help NIH identify the most promising research for the future. We hope to highlight their insights into the process and what reviewers look for in an application. Applicants may learn how to produce better grant applications, and reviewers--particularly new ones--may learn how to produce more useful critiques.

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Extraordinary Reviewer Inspires Annual Reviewer Award
There are many stars in the universe of NIH peer review. Over 31,000 scientists from across the country and globe cast revealing light on the 80,000 grant applications NIH receives every year. Untold sacrifices are made by these researchers so we can find the best applications and ultimately treat/cure and prevent disease. One bright star recently moved many at NIH by her heroic commitment: Dr. Marcy Speer continued to review grants during treatment for breast cancer, and she extended her term as a regular member of CSR’s Genetics of Health and Disease Study Section to make up for meetings she missed during chemotherapy.
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Going the Extra Miles: Reviewer Honored for Tireless Commitment
How does he do it? Dr. John Raymond from the Medical University of South Carolina and Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center has participated in about 100 peer review meetings. Even more amazing is what he said the day CSR sought to interview him about his commitment to peer review: “I have free time this afternoon after my study section teleconference,” he said. It was his second review in the month. At this point, you might also want to ask him why.
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Veteran Reviewer Honored for Saving Many Days for CSR
Synthetic organic chemistry came so easy to Dr. David J. Sahn that, while his Yale classmates were busy memorizing equations, he was effortlessly visualizing how the molecules fit together. A graduate school professor saw something special in his young protégé, who spent long, solitary hours in the lab. But the professor worried that Sahn would excel in the lab, and burn out in life. So he advised Sahn to find a way to use his talent and interact with people.
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"Chair of Chairs" Receives CSR's Highest Service Award
When the call came, Dr. Alice Clark was excited. She thought to herself, "this must be something big if Toni Scarpa is calling." It was indeed something big: CSR’s Director was calling to tell her she had won the 2010 Marcy Speer Outstanding CSR Reviewer Award. Dr. Clark, however, wasn't thinking about the highest award for scientists who review NIH grant applications. She recalls thinking he was about to ask her to "serve on something really big . . . it will be great fun whatever it is!"
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Katrina-Battered Researcher and CSR Reviewer Comes Through
There are many stars in the universe of NIH peer review. Over 31,000 scientists from across the country and globe cast revealing light on the 80,000 grant applications NIH receives every year. Untold sacrifices are made by these researchers so we can find the best applications and ultimately treat/cure and prevent disease. One bright star recently moved many at NIH by her heroic commitment: Dr. Marcy Speer continued to review grants during treatment for breast cancer, and she extended her term as a regular member of CSR’s Genetics of Health and Disease Study Section to make up for meetings she missed during chemotherapy.
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