Dr Elias Zerhouni, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced an overview of the state-of-the science in the field of digestive diseases research.
A 10-year, long-range plan for digestive diseases research consistent with the research mission of the NIH will be developed.
The Commission will report directly to the Director of the NIH.
Dr Zerhouni commented, “Digestive diseases take a terrible toll on the health and well-being of Americans.”
“With more than 70 million people affected and 1.4 million disabled, now is the time to examine the state of digestive diseases research.”
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“We need to develop a plan to most effectively take advantage of advances in the field.”
The Commission will conduct a scientific overview of NIH-funded research and research-related activities in digestive diseases.
Recent research advances and new and emerging opportunities for future research will be identified.
The Commission will also develop a 10-year plan to address important goals for research in digestive diseases and make recommendations to the NIH Director.
The Charter for the Commission will expire in 2 years, unless renewed by appropriate action prior to its expiration.
The Commission will be composed of 16 members, appointed for the life of the Commission by the Director of the NIH.
The members will represent a broad diversity of scientific and professional experience in the field of digestive diseases.
Of the 16 appointed members, 12 will be members of the academic or medical research and practice communities.
Of the 16 member, 4 will be from patient-oriented organizations or will have close personal or family experience with digestive diseases.
In addition to the 16 appointed members, the Commission will include 18 nonvoting ex officio members from the NIH.
The Commission will also include other federal government agencies involved in digestive diseases research.
The Chair of the Commission will be the Director, Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).
The other ex officio members will be senior representatives from several government organizations.
“This is an incredible opportunity to move the field of digestive diseases research in a direction that could lead to significant advances over the next 10 years,” said Dr Stephen James, Director of the Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition at the NIDDK.