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STDOI research professor Göring tapped to serve on NIH panel

Dr. Harald Heinz Herbert Göring is a statistical geneticist, genetic epidemiologist and professor at UTRGV’s South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute. (Courtesy Photo)

By Jennifer L. Berghom

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS –  AUG. 22, 2016 – Dr. Harald Heinz Herbert Göring, a professor at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute, has been appointed as a member of a review panel for the National Institutes of Health’s Center for Scientific Review, which reviews applications for grant funding.

The center serves as a gateway for NIH grant applications and their scientific merit, and includes study sections – panels composed of fellow scientists with expertise in specific areas who review applications.

“It’s an honor, as well as a lot of work, but it also has its rewards. And it’s necessary,” said Göring, who has served on NIH panels for more than a decade. “I’m excited to be a part of UTRGV. Hopefully, at the STDOI we can do lots of exciting research going forward.”

Göring, a statistical geneticist and genetic epidemiologist, serves on the center’s Cancer, Heart, and Sleep Epidemiology Study Section B. He said he was selected because of his expertise in the analytical methods and applications used to find the human genes that predispose people to the risks of diseases.

The panel meets three times a year — in February, June and October — to review applications and determine which should move forward in the grant application process and determine their scientific merit, which typically determines which grants move forward in the grant application process.

There are about 30 people on the panel, Göring said.

At the STDOI, Göring develops statistical methods and software, and conducts large-scale studies, to identify human genes that indicate an increased risk of disease and other traits. His work increasingly looks at whole genome sequences.

His research interests are cardiovascular disease, diabetes, schizophrenia and common infections.

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