Dr. Mark Donowitz joined the Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition subcouncil. He is a professor of medicine, the LeBoff Professor for Research in Digestive Diseases, and Director of Basic Research within the GI Division of the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Donowitz is a leader in the field of gastroenterological research, specializing in diarrheal diseases. An NIDDK grantee, he is also past president of the American Gastroenterological Association.
Dr. Lee Kaplan joined the Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition subcouncil. He is director of the Obesity, Metabolism & Nutrition Institute, founding director of the Weight Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Kaplan’s clinical expertise is in obesity medicine, gastroenterology and liver disease. His group has pioneered the development and use of rodent models of weight loss surgery and gastrointestinal devices to explore physiological and molecular mechanisms of gastrointestinal regulation of body weight and metabolic function.
Dr. Alan Saltiel joined the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases subcouncil. He is the Mary Sue Coleman Director of the Life Sciences Institute at the University of Michigan and the John Jacob Abel Collegiate Professor in the Life Sciences and Professor of Internal Medicine and Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the Life Sciences Institute. Saltiel has extensive experience in both industry and academia. He has an international reputation as an expert on the hormone insulin and its role in diabetes and cellular signaling.
Ms. Pamela Taylor
joined the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases subcouncil as a public member. She has participated in the Diabetes Prevention Program and its Outcomes Study since 1997 and has become an advocate for diabetes research and education. She is a communications consultant, with additional expertise in education, policy analysis and marketing. Editor’s Note
: Taylor was featured in an NIDDK Director’s Update article
about the 20th anniversary of the DPP.
Dr. Joseph Bonventre joined the Division of Kidney, Urologic and Hematologic Diseases subcouncil. He is the Samuel A. Levine Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of the Renal Unit and Director of the Bioengineering Division at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. A longtime NIDDK grantee, Bonventre’s research focuses on cellular injury and repair mechanisms in the kidney. Among many achievements, he was the first to describe the role of proximal tubule cell cycle arrest in the maladaptive fibrosis that can occur after severe injury leading to chronic kidney disease.
Dr. Craig Peters joined the Division of Kidney, Urologic and Hematologic Diseases subcouncil. He is chief of the Division of Surgical Innovation, Technology, and Translation in the Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Center for Surgical Care at the Children’s National Medical Center. Peters is also a principal investigator at the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation and professor of Urology and Pediatrics at George Washington University. Peters has extensive experience with treatment of pediatric urologic problems, including developing minimally invasive surgical techniques. He has conducted NIH-funded research in urinary obstruction, vesicoureteral reflux and bladder dysfunction.