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Antonio Scarpa, MD, PhD, Director, NIH Center for Scientific Review to Speak at TCMC

Friday, April 23, 2020

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Scranton, PA – On Thursday, May 13, 2020, internationally recognized speaker, Antonio Scarpa, MD, PhD and Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Scientific Review (CSR) will speak at The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) about how NIH research funding is allocated and how priorities are set to meet national healthcare needs.  The event will be held at the Mellow Theater at Lackawanna College, 501 Vine Street, Scranton at 12 noon to 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The Center for Scientific Review (CSR) is the portal for NIH grant applications and their review for scientific merit. CSR receives nearly 80,000 applications a year and evaluates the majority (70%) of the research grant applications sent to NIH. The NIH, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research to help lead the way toward important medical discoveries that improve people’s health and save lives. For nearly 60 years, the CSR peer review system has enabled NIH to fund cutting-edge research that has allowed millions to leave their doctor’s office with new drugs and cures for diseases.

Through its active research program, TCMC has submitted over 100 research applications to the NIH and other agencies and has received a total of $3.7 million in state and federal funding. To date, the research funding has been funded for specific research studies such as breast and colorectal cancer research, osteoporosis, and other research studies. These research projects are being developed to find new discoveries and innovations that will lead to better treatments that will improve the delivery of healthcare and impact the economic development in the region. 

Dr. Scarpa received his MD and PhD (Libera Docenza) in general pathology from the University of Padua School of Medicine, and he conducted postdoctoral studies at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands, and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Scarpa continued his research and academic career for 17 years at the University of Pennsylvania before moving to Case Western Reserve in 1986.

Dr. Scarpa has been an active member of the scientific community. He has been officer or board member of many scientific societies, including The Biophysical Society, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, and the Association American Medical Colleges. Over the years, Dr. Scarpa also has served on the editorial boards of 13 scientific journals and served as editor or co-editor for 5 journals: News in Physiological Sciences, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology International, Cell Calcium, Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, and Biophysical Journal. He has more than 225 peer-reviewed publications and has edited or co-edited 9 books or special journal supplements.