NIH Appoints Sacks to Scientific Review Center

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The National Institutes of Health has invited Michael Sacks, professor of biomedical engineering to serve as a member of the Bioengineering Technology and Surgical Sciences Study Section. 

Selections are based on merit and achievements exhibited by research efforts, scientific journal publications, noteworthy scientific endeavors, and other honors.

"Membership represents a unique opportunity to contribute to the national biomedical research effort," said Richard Nakamura, director of the Center for Scientific Review, in his letter of invitation to serve.

Study sections review grant applications submitted to the NIH, make recommendations to the appropriate NIH national advisory council or board, and survey the status of research in their fields of science.

"These functions are of great value to medical and allied research in this country," said Nakamura.

Sacks holds the W.A. "Tex" Moncrief, Jr. Endowment in Simulation-Based Engineering and Sciences Chair No. 1. He is also director of the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences Center for Cardiovascular Simulation.

Sacks is a world authority on cardiovascular biomechanics, with a focus on the quantification and simulation of the structure-mechanical properties of native and engineered cardiovascular soft tissues. His research includes multiscale studies of cell/tissue/organ mechanical interactions in heart valves, and he is particularly interested in determining the local stress environment for heart valve interstitial cells. His recent research has included developing novel constitutive models of right ventricular myocardium that allow for the individual contributions of the myocyte and connective tissue networks.