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Dr. Louis Penner accepts invitation to become member of NIH study section

Louis A. Penner, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Oncology and the Population Studies and Disparities Program at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and Wayne State University School of Medicine, has accepted an invitation to serve as a member of the Social Psychology, Personality and Interpersonal Processes Study Section of the National Institutes of Health’s Center for Scientific Review.
His term begins immediately and ends June 30, 2013.
“I am extremely pleased and honored to be part of this important activity at the National Institutes of Health,” Dr. Penner said. “Beyond any personal honor, it reflects NIH's recognition and appreciation of the quality of the research my colleagues in Communication and Behavioral Oncology and I have been doing on our grants from the National Cancer Institute.”
Dr. Penner’s research primarily focuses on the causes and consequences of racial and ethnic disparities in medical care.  More specifically, he studies the role that racial biases and stereotypes may play in the quality of medical care for African-American patients.
Another major research area of Dr. Penner’s is personal and social variables that may affect how well both adults and children cope with treatments for cancer.  In this context, he also collaborates with colleagues on the factors that influence accrual to clinical trials and the measurement of quality of life in cancer patients.
Members of NIH study sections are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline, as evidenced by the quality of their research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors.
“Service on a study section also requires mature judgment and objectivity as well as the ability to work effectively in a group, qualities we believe Dr. Penner will bring to this important task,” said Tony Scarpa, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Center for Scientific Review, in a letter to Karmanos President and CEO Gerold Bepler, M.D., Ph.D., announcing Dr. Penner’s acceptance of the study section membership invitation.
Scarpa noted that membership on a study section requires a major commitment of professional time and energy, as well as a unique opportunity to contribute to the national biomedical research effort. Study sections review grant applications submitted to the NIH national advisory council or board, and survey the status of the research in their fields of science.
“We are very pleased that the NIH has extended this opportunity to Dr. Penner,” said Dr. Bepler. “It speaks highly of the type of research that Karmanos Cancer Institute and Wayne State University School of Medicine is known for and indicates that our researchers and their work are recognized on a national level. I congratulate Dr. Penner on his membership to the NIH study section.”
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