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    Dr. Gary Gibbons Appointed to the Decision-Making Table for the Nation’s Medical Research Agency

    Dr. Gary Gibbons Appointed to the Decision-Making Table for the Nation’s Medical Research Agency

    Gary H. Gibbons, M.D., director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute and chairperson of the Department of Physiology has been appointed to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) advisory committee.   NIH, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s medical research agency and is the largest source of funding for medical research in the world. The role of the organization is to make important discoveries that improve the health of citizens and save lives.

    “I am honored to work with NIH and represent Morehouse School of Medicine to discuss the role that minority institutions continue to play in conducting research and translating it into community solutions that deliver culturally-competent patient care,” said Gibbons.  Gibbons is a nationally recognized clinician-scientist who directs NIH-funded research at Morehouse School of Medicine in the fields of vascular biology, genomic medicine and the pathogenesis of vascular diseases. One grant for $13.3 million from the NIH is being used to create the largest minority health database in the U.S. known as the Minority Health-GRID which will enable clinicians to discover personalized, predictive biomarkers of health outcomes in minority populations.

    The innovations derived from his research have resulted in several U.S. patents.

    Morehouse School of Medicine is ranked number three among the nation’s community-based medical schools in research funding dollars from the NIH and has been awarded 18 grants impacting the work of 52 scientists focused on eliminating health disparities in the U.S.

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