|VP for academic affairs, provost receives top honor
The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Center for Scientific Review
(CSR) announced that its top honor for extraordinary commitment to peer
review went to veteran reviewer John Raymond, M.D., MUSC vice president
for academic affairs and provost.
John Raymond, left, accepts his award from Dr. Toni Scarpa during the
meeting of the NIH Peer Review Advisory Committee, in Bethesda, Md.
Raymond received the 2009 Marcy Speer Outstanding Reviewer Award, which
highlights the vital contributions of CSR reviewers who evaluate NIH
grant applications, Feb. 1. In an average year, about 16,000 reviewers
volunteer about 150,000 days to assess the scientific merit of
approximately 56,000 applications. Their scientific evaluations help
NIH invest more than $20 billion in the most promising research grants,
paving the path to biomedical breakthroughs that improve public health
and save lives.
“Dr. John Raymond personifies the humbling dedication of our reviewers,
who give so much to advance science and health here and around the
world,” said CSR director Toni Scarpa, M.D., Ph.D. “He has served at
nearly 100 review meetings, demonstrating a tireless commitment to fair
and rigorous reviews.”
Raymond has many years of service, including a four-year term as a
chartered member of CSR’s Molecular, Cellular and Developmental
Neurosciences-5 study section. When this study section evolved into the
Molecular Neuropharmacology and Signaling study section, he took on the
role of chair for two years to help it become established. Most
recently, Raymond began another four-year term on CSR’s Pathobiology of
Kidney Disease study section.
“His commitment is all the more astonishing given his responsibilities
at the Medical University of South Carolina,” Scarpa said. In addition
to his administrative duties, Raymond is a professor of medicine, a
practicing nephrologist and an NIH-funded researcher. He also has a
joint faculty appointment with the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.
Friday, Feb. 12, 2010