Working Group Members

This is the trans-NIH Working Group that oversees the development, implementation, communication, and assessment of the Common Fund program.

Co-Chairs:

Co-Chairs are Institute or Center (IC) directors or IC senior staff who lead the Working Group and have the authority to approve major activities and funding actions.

  • Helene Langevin, M.D.
    Director
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
     
  • Richard Hodes, M.D.
    Director
    National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Leadership Team & Points of Contact:

The Executive Committee and Common Fund Program Leader serve as the day to day leadership for the program and the Working Group. Also included here are points of contact for areas of program management.

Executive Committee: 

  • Catherine Meyers, M.D.
    Coordinator
    Director
    Office of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
     
  • David A. Murray, Ph.D.
    Executive Committee Member
    Associate Director
    Office of Disease Prevention
    Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives
    Office of the Director
    National Institutes of Health (NIH)
     
  • David Shurtleff, Ph.D.
    Executive Committee Member
    Deputy Director
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
     
  • Wendy Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Coordinator & Program Officer
    Branch Chief
    Clinical Research Branch
    Division of Extramural Research
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
     

Common Fund Program Leader:

  • Elizabeth Wilder, Ph.D.
    Program Leader
    Director
    Office of Strategic Coordination
    Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives
    Office of the Director
    National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Points of Contact:

  • Christina M. Brackna
    Program Analyst
    Public Health Analyst
    Office of Policy, Planning, & Evaluation
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
     
  • David Dzamashvili
    Business Operations and Analysis Contact 
    Program Analyst
    Office of Strategic Coordination
    Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives
    Office of the Director
    National Institutes of Health (NIH)
     
  • Wendy Knosp, Ph.D.
    Strategic Planning, Evaluation, and Communications Contact
    Health Science Policy Analyst
    Office of Strategic Coordination
    Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives
    Office of the Director
    National Institutes of Health (NIH)
     
  • Catherine Law, M.T.S.C.
    Communications
    Director
    Office of Communications and Public Liaison
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
     
  • Denesha Simmons
    Program Specialist/Operations Coordinator
    Office of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

Members:

The Working Group Members are staff from multiple NIH Institutes and Centers who provide input from their Institute or Center’s perspective.
  • Kevin Abbott, M.D., M.P.H.
    Program Director
    Division of Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Diseases
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
     
  • Jane Atkinson, D.D.S.
    Director
    Trial Innovation Network
    National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)
     
  • Rachel Ballard, M.D., M.P.H.
    Director
    Prevention Research Coordination
    Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives
    Office of the Director
    National Institutes of Health (NIH)
     
  • Partha Bhattacharya, Ph.D.
    Program Director
    Division of Behavioral and Social Research
    National Institute on Aging (NIA)
     
  • Robin Boineau, M.D.
    Medical Officer
    Office of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
     
  • Erica Breslau, Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Program Director
    Division of Cancer Control & Population Sciences
    National Cancer Institute (NCI)
     
  • Robert Carter, M.D.
    Deputy Director
    National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
     
  • Allison Cernich, Ph.D.
    Director
    National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research
    National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
     
  • David Chambers, D.Phil.
    Deputy Director for Implementation Science
    Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
    National Cancer Institute (NCI)
     
  • Kevin Chan, M.D.
    Program Director
    Division of Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Diseases
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
     
  • Redonna Chandler, Ph.D.
    Chief of the Services Research Branch
    National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)
     
  • Faye Chen,  Ph.D.
    Program Director
    Division of Musculoskeletal Diseases
    National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
     
  • Elaine Collier, M.D.
    Senior Advisor to Director
    National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)
     
  • Jennie Conroy, Ph.D.
    Program Officer
    Gynecologic Health and Disease Branch
    National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
     
  • Robin Conwit, M.D.
    Program Director
    Division of Clinical Research
    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
     
  • Susan Czajkowski, Ph.D.
    Chief
    Health Behaviors Research Branch
    National Cancer Institute (NCI)
     
  • Gregory A. Deye, M.D.
    Medical Officer/Program Officer
    Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
     
  • Paul Doria-Rose, D.V.M., Ph.D.
    Chief
    Healthcare Assessment Research Branch
    Division of Cancer Control & Population Sciences
    National Cancer Institute (NCI)
     
  • Sarah Duffy, Ph.D.
    Associate Director for Economics Research
    Services Research Branch
    National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

  • Debra Egan, M.Sc., M.P.H.
    Clinical Trials Specialist
    Office of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
     
  • Basil Eldadah, M.D., Ph.D.
    Supervisory Medical Officer
    Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology
    National Institute on Aging (NIA)
     
  • Lawrence Fine, M.D.
    Branch Chief
    Prevention and Population Sciences Program
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
     
  • Michael Freed, Ph.D.
    Chief
    Services Research and Clinical Epidemiology Branch
    National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
     
  • Andrew Freedman, Ph.D.
    Chief
    Clinical and Translational Epidemiology Branch
    Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program
    National Cancer Institute (NCI)
     
  • Ann Geiger, Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Deputy Associate Director
    Healthcare Delivery Research Program
    National Cancer Institute (NCI)
     
  • Kimberly Gray, Ph.D.
    Health Scientist Administrator
    Population Health Branch
    National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
     
  • Evan Hadley, M.D.
    Director
    Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology
    National Institute on Aging (NIA)
     
  • Rebecca Hommer, M.D.
    Program Manager
    Division of Clinical Research
    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
     
  • Clayton Huntley, Ph.D.
    Program Officer
    Bacteriology and Mycology Branch
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
     
  • Kristen Huntley, Ph.D.
    Health Scientist Administrator
    Center for Clinical Trials Network
    National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
     
  • Paul L. Kimmel, M.D.
    Program Director
    Division of Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Diseases
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
     
  • Tracy King, M.D.
    Medical Director
    Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Branch
    National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
     
  • Jennie Larkin, MS, Ph.D.
    Director
    Office of Research Evaluation and Operations
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
     
  • Michael Lauer, M.D.
    Deputy Director
    Office of Extramural Research
    Office of the Director
    National Institutes of Health (NIH)
     
  • Barbara Linder, M.D., Ph.D.
    Program Director
    Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolic Diseases
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
     
  • Martha Matocha, Ph.D.
    Acting Deputy Director
    Division of Extramural Science Programs
    National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
     
  • Sue Marden, Ph.D.
    Program Director
    National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research
    National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
     
  • Susan Mendley, M.D.
    Program Director
    Division of Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Diseases
    National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
     
  • Jeri Miller, Ph.D.
    Chief
    Office of End of Life & Palliative Care Research
    National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
     
  • Nancy Miller, M.A., Ph.D.
    Senior Advisor to Associate Director
    Healthcare Delivery Research Program
    National Cancer Institute (NCI)
     
  • Lanay M. Mudd, Ph.D.
    Program Director, Division of Extramural Research
    Clinical Research in Complementary and Integrative Health Branch
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
     
  • Pete Murray, Ph.D.
    Program Director
    Clinical Research in Complementary and Integrative Health Branch
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
     
  • Elizabeth Neilson, Ph.D.
    Health Science Policy Analyst
    Office of Disease Prevention
    Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives
    Office of the Director
    National Institutes of Health (NIH)
     
  • Gila Neta, Ph.D., M.P.P.
    Program Officer
    Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
    National Cancer Institute (NCI)
     
  • Stephen O'Connor, Ph.D.
    Program Officer
    Treatment and Prevention Research Branch
    National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
     
  • Amy Patterson, M.D.
    Director
    Scientific Research Program Policy and Strategic Initiatives
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
     
  • Jane L. Pearson, Ph.D.
    Program Chief
    Adult Preventive Intervention Program
    National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
     
  • Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, M.D.
    Director
    National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
     
  • Linda L. Porter, Ph.D.
    Director
    Office of Pain Policy
    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
     
  • Nicole Redmond, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Medical Officer
    Clinical Applications and Prevention Branch
    Division of Cardiovascular Sciences
    National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
     
  • Bill Riley, Ph.D.
    Associate Director
    Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
    Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives
    Office of the Director
    National Institutes of Health (NIH)
     
  • Matthew Rudorfer, M.D.
    Program Chief
    Somatic Treatments Program
    National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
     
  • Yaffa Rubinstein, M.S., Ph.D.
    Rare Disease Patient Registries and Bio-repositories Special Volunteer
    National Information Center
    Health Services Research & Health Care Technology
    National Library of Medicine (NLM)
     
  • Denise Russo, Ph.D.
    Deputy Branch Chief
    Maternal and Pediatric Infectious Disease Branch
    National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
     
  • Marcel Salive, M.D., M.P.H.
    Health Scientist Administrator
    Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology
    National Institute on Aging (NIA)
     
  • Martina Schmidt, Ph.D.
    Chief
    Office of Scientific Review
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
     
  • Jerry Sheehan, M.S.
    Deputy Director
    National Library of Medicine (NLM)
     
  • Belinda Sims, Ph.D.
    Program Officer
    Prevention Research Branch
    National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
     
  • Luke Stoeckel, Ph.D.
    Program Director
    Mechanistic and Translational Decision Science
    National Institute on Aging (NIA)
     
  • Shelley Su, Ph.D.
    Health Science Administrator
    Services Research Branch
    National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
     
  • Lillian Shum, Ph.D.
    Director
    Division of Extramural Research
    National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
     
  • Susana Serrate-Sztein, M.D.
    Director
    Division of Skin and Rheumatic Diseases
    National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
     
  • Erica Spotts, Ph.D.
    Health Science Administrator
    Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
    Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives
    Office of the Director
    National Institutes of Health (NIH)
     
  • Robert Star, M.D.
    Director
    Division of Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Diseases
    National Institute on Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
     
  • Chuck Washabaugh, Ph.D.
    Program Director
    Orthopaedic Research Program
    National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
     
  • Dave Wendler, M.A., Ph.D.
    Senior Investigator
    Head of the Section on Research Ethics
    Department of Bioethics
    NIH Clinical Center (CC)
     
  • Carolyn Williams, Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Chief
    Vaccine Research Program
    Division of AIDS
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
     
  • Anne Zajicek, M.D., Pharm.D.
    Chief
    Obstetric and Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics Branch
    National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

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