October 18, 2019
Center for Scientific Review
National Institutes of Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The Center for Scientific Review (CSR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has selected Dr. Kristin Kramer to be the Director of a newly established Office of Communications and Outreach (OCO).
Dr. Kramer previously served as CSR’s Knowledge Management Coordinator, a position that involved communications primarily related to designing and managing web content. In this capacity, she led the redesign of CSR’s website based on a broad range of stakeholder input. Dr. Kramer also served as a Scientific Review Officer within CSR’s Emerging Technologies and Training in Neurosciences Integrated Review Group (IRG) and within the Brain Disorders and Clinical Neuroscience IRG. Since June 2019, she has been on a full-time detail in the CSR Office of the Director, where she launched CSR’s new social media presence. In addition, she has been overseeing other new initiatives such as the development of a web interface to allow scientific societies and NIH program staff to suggest potential reviewers, and the revitalization of CSR’s Early Career Reviewer (ECR) Program.
As Director of the Office of Communications and Outreach, Dr. Kramer will lead new efforts by CSR to develop and implement a comprehensive communication and outreach strategy that focuses on engagement with the broader external scientific community, scientific societies, NIH institute/center programs, and other agencies. Through communications and targeted outreach, CSR aims to enhance the transparency of the peer review process and capitalize on the diversity that comes with a large audience to improve our communication strategies as well as the peer review process.
Dr. Kramer’s thorough understanding of CSR’s day-to-day business, her experience as an SRO and her eight years of leadership as the Knowledge Management Coordinator will serve her well in this position. Additionally, she brings wide-ranging communications experience gained through public outreach activities at several non-profit organizations, substantial teaching experience, and outreach activities on behalf of a scientific society.
Dr. Kramer earned a Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and was an Assistant Professor at the University of Memphis where she established a research program in the area of behavioral neuroscience prior to joining CSR.
CSR organizes the peer review groups that evaluate most of the grant applications submitted to NIH. These groups include experienced and respected researchers from across the country and abroad. Since 1946, CSR’s mission has been to see that NIH grant applications receive fair, independent, expert, and timely reviews — free from inappropriate influences — so NIH can fund the most promising research. CSR also receives all incoming applications and assigns them to the NIH institutes and centers that fund grants. For more information, go to CSR’s Web site (http://www.csr.nih.gov) or phone 301-435-1111.
About the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
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