Steven Poelzing selected for National Institutes of Health grant reviewing board

Steven Poelzing, Ph.D.

Steven Poelzing, Ph.D.

Steven Poelzing, an associate professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, was recently selected to serve on a National Institutes of Health review board. His term is for six years.

The board – the Electrical Signaling, Ion Transport, and Arrhythmias Study Section – reviews grant applications for research delving into matters of the heart.

Each member of the study section contributes a specific expertise in this field, to help determine whether the science in the grant applications is significant and innovative. Poelzing studies how electricity spreads across the heart and signals synchronized activities, such as muscle contraction.

“The National Institutes of Health use our recommendations to decide which projects are funded,” Poelzing said, pointing out that the study section does not award grants. “Our job is to see which applications will advance human health. Which ones propose the best science?”

“An appointment as a regular study section member reveals the high regard in which Dr. Poelzing and his work are held by colleagues in his field,” said Michael Friedlander, executive director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. “It’s an honor for Dr. Poelzing and for the entire research institute. The medical research community relies not only on the expertise of outstanding scientists like Dr. Poelzing, but also on their willingness to contribute their service so unselfishly, in order for the entire research enterprise to work efficiently and fairly.”

“The review process is a fundamental building block of how we conduct science in this country,” Poelzing said. “It’s an important step in the funding of brand-new ideas.”