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August 24, 2012

National Cancer Institute appoints ULM pharmacy professor

Dr. Khalid A. El Sayed, associate professor in the Department of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, has been appointed as a reviewer for the National Cancer Institute’s Internet Assisted Review team.

El Sayed will be part a review/study section member for National Institutes of Health grant review process.

“Joining one of the National Cancer Institute study sections is a great honor,” said El Sayed.

“The invitation came after discussions with an NIH/NCI Program Official concerning a pending grant proposal that received a very good score and hopefully will get funding.”

ULM College of Pharmacy Dean Dr. Benny Blaylock applauded the efforts of El Sayed and his department.

“This is a significant situation because NIH doesn't appoint just anyone to these positions,” said Blaylock.

“It really recognizes the accomplishments of both Dr. El Sayed and the Department of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences at the national and international level.”

According to their website, The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s medical research agency - making important discoveries, and providing funding that improves health and save lives.

The Internet Assisted Review (IAR) bills itself as a Web-based system used in conjunction with a peer review module to help expedite the scientific review of grant applications by providing a standard online process for reviewers to submit their critiques, preliminary scores and final scores, and view grant applications and related meeting materials.

According to El Sayed, each study section is composed of 15 members and a chair.

Every reviewer is assigned a certain grant proposal number to review and evaluate.

Group discussions then decide merits of each project on the meeting date and ultimately make decisions on whether or not medical research grants will be funded.

El Sayed’s first study section meeting is in October, in Maryland.

“This is a great recognition for the Department of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty and the ULM College of Pharmacy,” continued El Sayed.

“It clearly reflects our unique expertise and national competitiveness. I am extremely excited and look forward to this new experience.”

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