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A Prestigious Invitation
CHORI Scientist Honored with NIH Study Section Invitation

“I think what appealed to them was the fact that not only do I have clinical infectious disease knowledge, but I’m also a scientist,” says Dr. Dean of the invitation. “I’ve accumulated a lot of knowledge and I tend to approach things from a diverse perspective.”

As a member of the study section, Dr. Dean will be required to meet three times a year to review grant submissions, make recommendations, and survey the status of research in the field of infectious diseases.

“You have a huge responsibility,” she says. “Your peers have submitted grants that they want to get funded, and you want to be sure to do a careful and thorough review, just as you would want them to do a careful review of your own work. Study sections are every four months with at least 6 weeks of preparative work for two straight days of meetings; we all work very hard.”

While participation does require a significant level of commitment and attention to detail, it also provides a singular opportunity in the scientific world.

“You actually have the privilege of reading about what’s really new and cutting edge in science,” explains Dr. Dean. “Not all grants are novel like that, but some are, and that’s the exciting part.”

Monday, May 16, 2011 11:33 PM

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