Research Funders Summit

Rockville, MD - October 16–17,2018


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Guest speakers

Moody Altamimi, PhD

Director, Office of Research Excellence, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, US Department of Energy

Dr. Moody E. Altamimi is the Director for the Office of Research Excellence (ORE) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. ORE oversees University Strategic Partnerships and Educational programs, the ORNL Distinguished Fellowships program, Ph.D. Recruiting, Global Research Evaluations, and the ORNL Research Library. Moody’s diverse set of skills and expertise in research development and management, technology translation, and strategy development and implementation, supports the efforts to advance the ORNL science and innovation culture.

Moody holds a B.S. in computer science from King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and earned her M.S. in software engineering and her Ph.D. in computer science from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She received the King Abdullah Scholar Award in recognition of outstanding research efforts during her doctoral studies, which focused on enhancing the retrieval of mathematical content.

Moody most recently served as the Lead for Competitive Research Funds (CRF) in the Office of Research at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia. As a founding member of the Global Collaborative Research unit, she was responsible for managing a portfolio of international cross-disciplinary science and engineering programs that represented an investment of more than $500 million across a network spanning more than 80 universities in 20 countries. Prior to joining KAUST, she worked as a systems developer in private industry, providing software solutions to clients across multiple industry sectors, including government, finance, and communications.

Melissa Antman, PhD

Senior Scientific Program Analyst, Center for Research Strategy (CRS), National Cancer Institute

Dr. Antman is a Senior Scientific Program Analyst in the Center for Research Strategy (CRS) at the National Cancer Institute, where she leads portfolio analysis activities and makes recommendations for policies and decisions based on analyses. She came to the NIH in 2007 as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and she worked there following her fellowship until she came to CRS in 2015.  Prior to the NIH, Dr. Antman worked in research and development in the pharmaceutical industry as an investigator in pharmaceutics.  She holds a A.B. in Chemistry from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin.

L. Michelle Bennett, PhD

Director, Center for Research Strategy National Cancer Institute

Dr. Bennett directs the Center for Research Strategy, a science-based office that since 2015 collaboratively develops recommendations for addressing scientific opportunities, monitors the direction and application of the NCI’s scientific knowledge and resources, and identifies research funding gaps. Prior to taking on this role, she served as the deputy scientific director of the Division of Intramural Research at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and before that was deputy director at NCI’s Center for Cancer Research. Dr. Bennett earned her Ph.D. in oncology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison studying genetic susceptibility to cancer and, as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, performed some of the earliest work on BRCA1 and BRCA2 including the characterization and localization of BRCA1 to the long arm of Chromosome 17.

Dr. Bennett has extensive practical experience in promoting collaboration and team-based approaches by bringing together research scientists with diverse backgrounds and expertise to solve complex scientific problems. She has supported efforts to increase diversity in the biomedical workforce, played a leadership role in launching and building the NIH Stadtman Tenure Track Investigator program, and developed a trans-NIH web presence for the NIH Intramural program. Dr. Bennett is the recipient of many awards, including NIH and Institute Director’s Awards, the NCI Women’s Scientist Advisors Achievement Award, and the NCI Exceptional Mentor Award.

Dominique Bérubé, PhD

Vice-President, Research Programs, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

Since her appointment as vice-president, Research Programs at SSHRC in October 2015, Dominique Bérubé has led the Research Programs directorate in providing strategic direction and corporate leadership pertaining to the development, implementation, and integration of SSHRC’s Talent, Insight and Connection programs, as well as the programs managed by the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat, such as the Canada Research Chairs and Canada Excellence Research Chairs. She is also co-sponsor for the Tri-Agency Research Portal 2.0 project aimed at modernizing the grants management solution and is leading the Indigenous Research Strategy for SSHRC. Prior to joining SSHRC, Dominique worked in various positions at the Université de Montréal, including Acting Vice-Rector, Research. Dominique holds a doctorate in environmental sciences from the Université du Québec à Montréal and a master’s and bachelor’s degree from the École polytechnique de Montréal.

Cindy Danielson, PhD

Health Science Policy Analyst, Office of Data Analysis Tools and Systems (DATA Systems), Office of Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health

Cindy Danielson is a Health Science Policy Analyst in the Office of Data Analysis Tools and Systems (DATA Systems), which is part of the Office of Extramural Research (OER) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Cindy supports the development of reporting tools and databases used for program management and analysis by NIH staff and members of the public. Previously, she was a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) Office of Science Policy and Legislation, where she analyzed and reported on NINR’s portfolio of research. She received her Ph.D. in cell and molecular biology from Northwestern University, where she focused on the cell biology of HIV and host cell defenses, and her undergraduate degree in psychobiology from the University of Southern California.

Jason Gerson, PhD

Senior Program Officer, Clinical Effectiveness and Decision Science, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Jason Gerson is Senior Program Officer for the Clinical Effectiveness and Decision Science program at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). He is responsible for providing intellectual and organizational leadership in designing and implementing new CER methods initiatives, evaluating proposals, and monitoring programs and contracts. He also leads some of PCORI’s open science initiatives, including the development of a data sharing policy.

Michael F. Huerta, PhD

Associate Director for Program Development & Coordinator of Data Science and Open Science Initiatives of the National Library of Medicine, NIH

Dr. Huerta has led trans-NIH programs advancing scientific technology research, interdisciplinary research, and team science, as well as informatics, data science and open science initiatives. The latter include the NIH Human Connectome Project, which produced the first open, standardized, comprehensive, multimodal image datasets of human brain connectivity, the NIH National Database for Autism Research, a platform for collaboration with complex, diverse, research data from over 100,000 subjects, and the US Human Brain Project, which was instrumental in creating and establishing the field of Neuroinformatics.  Today he is helping develop and harmonize aspects of data science and open science across NIH as the chair of trans-NIH task forces and coordinating committees, and he is providing leadership to realizing the future of NLM as a platform for biomedical discovery and data-powered health as the hub of data science and open science at NIH. Dr. Huerta’s research background is in systems neuroscience; his undergraduate and doctoral work was completed at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, he was an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University, and on the faculty of the University of Connecticut Health Center before joining NIH’s

John P.A. Loannidis, MD, DSc

Professor and Co-Director, Meta-Research Innovation Center, Stanford University

John P.A. Ioannidis holds the C.F. Rehnborg Chair in Disease Prevention at Stanford University, where he is Professor of Medicine, Professor of Health Research and Policy, and Professor (by courtesy) of Biomedical Data Science at the School of Medicine, Professor (by courtesy) of Statistics at the School of Humanities and Sciences, co-Director of the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford, and Director of the PhD program in Epidemiology and Clinical Research. He has delivered ~500 invited and honorary lectures and he is the recipient of many awards (e.g. European Award for Excellence in Clinical Science [2007], Medal for Distinguished Service, Teachers College, Columbia University [2015], Chanchlani Global Health Award [2017], Epiphany Science Courage Award [2018]). He has been inducted in the Association of American Physicians (2009), the European Academy of Cancer Sciences (2010), the American Epidemiological Society (2015), and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (2015) and has served as President of the Society for Research Synthesis Methodology. He has received honorary titles from FORTH (2014) and Ioannina (2015), honorary doctorates from Erasmus U Rotterdam (2015) and U Athens (2017) and multiple honorary lectureships/visiting professorships (Caltech, Oxford, LSHTM, Yale, U Utah, U Conn, UC Davis, U Penn among others). The PLoS Medicine paper on “Why most published research findings are false” has been the most-accessed article in the history of Public Library of Science (with >2.5 million hits to-date) and has generated new directions for assessing scientific efficiency, reliability, and reproducibility. He is a Highly Cited Researcher according to Clarivate Analytics in both Clinical Medicine and in Social Sciences and among the 10 scientists with the highest current citation rate in the world (currently over 3,000 new citations are made to his work each month in the scientific literature according to Google Scholar). His work has been influential across multiple scientific disciplines. He has pioneered the field of meta-research, using sophisticated methods to study science itself and the way research practices can be optimized to make scientific investigation more rigorous and more efficient, diminishing biases and promoting integrity.

Richard Klavans, PhD

Founder and Chairman, SciTech Strategies 

Dick Klavans has published extensively on the art and science of science mapping.   He has created these maps of science for research planning in industry (Abbott Labs, Astra Zeneca, DuPont, Glaxo, Kellogg, Kraft, SmithKline Beecham and Unilever), government agencies (DOE, NSF, NIH and IARPA) and over 20 universities.  His most publications show how one can predict funding patterns at an extremely detailed level (funding predictions for over 90,000 topics) and proposal success (from the perspective of those submitting research grants).

Sarah Nusser, PhD

Vice President for Research, Iowa State University

Sarah Nusser is vice president for research at Iowa State University, leading efforts to develop transformative interdisciplinary research and support the broader research mission at Iowa State.  She is professor of statistics and former director of the Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology, where she led research and development for a national agro-environmental survey for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, pursued research in geospatial data collection for land-based surveys, and developed statistical models for surveys aimed at assessing dietary intake and physical activity.  Nusser is fellow of the American Statistical Association and elected member of the International Statistical Institute, and has served on numerous scientific panels, advisory committees and governing boards with the National Academies, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Census Bureau, U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, and national and international statistical societies.

Howard Ratner

Executive Director, CHORUS

Howard Ratner is the driving force behind CHORUS.  Over the past two decades, he played a key role in developing innovative technology solutions that have transformed scholarly communications. He co-founded and chaired ORCID, and was active in the establishment of the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) and the founding and technical development of Crossref and CLOCKSS. He was President of SSP from 2014-2015 and served on its board from 2010-2012 and 2013-2016. He is co-chair of the Metadata 2020 Best Practices and Principle Project and active in the SCHOLIX initiative and the STM Future Labs. Before joining CHORUS, Howard was Chief Technology Officer for Nature Publishing Group where he was in charge of global web and mobile development and operations, content management, production and manufacturing, and information technology across all NPG products.  Howard also held positions at Springer and John Wiley & Sons.

Howard Ratner

Judy Riggie

Director, Division of Scientific Categorization and Analysis, Office of Research Information Systems, Office of Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health

Judy Riggie joined the Office of Extramural Research at NIH as a technical information specialist when the scientific indexing of awarded NIH research projects was a manual process.  She became the lead for the reporting and evaluation in CRISP, as well the development of new terminology and maintenance of the existing structured vocabulary, the CRISP Thesaurus.  As technology improved, she became involved in the earliest phases of the Research, Condition and Disease Categorization Project (RCDC) and eventually the Director of the Division of Scientific Categorization and Analysis that manages categorization for NIH.  The division is also investigating the application of Artificial Intelligence to help inform data driven decision making.

Judy received Bachelor of Science, in Life Sciences - Biology and Psychology from Valparaiso University. Her research at VU examined the intersection of behavior and biology, particularly gender research in behavior.   After graduation, she joined the USDA – Agriculture Research Services, working in a reproductive physiology lab. Before moving to OER at NIH, she also worked in the Laboratory of Viral Diseases, NIAID.

Carly Robinson, PhD

Senior Product Strategist/Senior Science Advisor, Office of Scientific and Technical Information, US Department of Energy

Carly Robinson is the Senior Product Strategist and Senior Science Advisor in the Department of Energy’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI).  Carly is the product owner for OSTI search tool products, including OSTI.GOV – the primary search tool for DOE R&D results. Before joining OSTI, Carly was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow for Senator Mark Udall and in the DOE Office of Science. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Physics and Mathematics from Michigan Technological University and a Master’s and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Chemistry from the University of Colorado.

Daniel Sarewitz, PhD

Professor and Co-director, Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes, Arizona State University Daniel

Sarewitz is Professor of Science and Society, and co-director and co-founder of the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes (CSPO), at Arizona State University.  He is interested in relationships among knowledge, technology, uncertainty, disagreement, policy, and social outcomes. Among his current activities is a project on science and religion that he runs in collaboration with the writer Lee Gutkind. “Saving Science,” his analysis of the multiple challenges facing the scientific enterprise, appeared in The New Atlantis in August 2016.  He is editor of Issues in Science and Technology, and was a regular columnist for Nature from 2009-2017. From 1989-1993 he worked on R&D policy issues for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.  He has a Ph.D. in geological sciences from Cornell (1986).

David M. Stepp, Ph.D.

Director, Engineering Sciences and Division Chief, Materials Science, United States Army Research Office, US Department of Defense

Dr. Stepp received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science from Duke University in 1998, where he investigated the high-strain rate deformation and damage accumulation mechanisms governing tantalum and developed a novel, statistically-based, computational algorithm to enhance positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy under the guidance of Dr. Phillip Jones. Dr. Stepp has published research in the areas of smart materials, structural ceramics, and polymer degradation and failure mechanisms. Dr. Stepp was requested to serve as the Acting Director of the U.S. Army Research Office (ARO) since May 2018. Previously, he served as the Director of Engineering Sciences (overseeing the Electronics, Materials Science and Mechanics Divisions at ARO) since 2016, and as the program manager for the Mechanical Behavior of Materials extramural basic research program since 1999. Dr. Stepp also served as the Chief of the Materials Science Division at ARO from 2004 until 2017, and led a team to extend the frontiers of materials science in order to realize unprecedented material properties and provide new foundations and paradigms to enhance future war fighter and battle systems capabilities. Dr. Stepp has also served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Duke University in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science since 1999, where he is conducting research exploring fundamental microstructure-property relationships in transparent polymers and fragmentation in transparent engineering materials. In addition, Dr. Stepp serves as the U.S. Army and deputy ASD(R&E) representative to the NSTC Subcommittee on Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET).

Sherry Sours-Brothers, PhD

Manager, Research Outcomes, American Heart Association

Sherry Sours-Brothers, PhD specializes in research impact evaluation for strategic program development and evidence-based decision making. With a career that has spanned across academia, industry, and non-profit, Sherry views her work through her foundational lens as a renal physiologist. Currently, as Research Outcomes Manager at the American Heart Association, Sherry develops and implements research funding program evaluation and impact assessments, with a focus on research output and career progression of awardees. Her goal at American Heart is to demonstrate the value and impact of its funded research programs aimed at improving cardiovascular health of all Americans. Previously, Sherry was a leader in strategic global clinical value proposition as Associate Director of Payer Evidence, working to advance patient access in rare disease indications for Alexion Pharmaceuticals.

Hannah Valantine, MD, MRCP, FACC

NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity

Hannah Valantine is the first NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, and a Senior Investigator in the Intramural Research Program at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Prior to starting this position in April 2014, Dr. Valantine was Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and the Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Leadership at Stanford, a leadership position she held since November 2004. She is nationally recognized for her transformative approaches to diversity and is a recipient of the NIH Director’s Pathfinder Award for Diversity in the Scientific Workforce. She is currently leading NIH efforts to promote diversity through innovation across the NIH-funded biomedical workforce through a range of evidence-based approaches. Dr. Valantine maintains an active clinical research program that continues to have high impact on patient care. Current research extends her previous finding that an organ transplant is essentially a genome transplant, and that monitoring the level of donor DNA in a recipient’s blood as a marker of organ damage will detect early stages of rejection. She is currently overseeing a multi-site consortium of mid-Atlantic transplant centers to validate these findings clinically toward the development of a non-invasive tool for detecting early signs of organ rejection.

Neil Viner, PhD

Director, Programme Delivery, UKRI Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Neil is Director Programme Delivery at the UKRI Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), responsible for the development of strategy, programme delivery and operations and business critical projects. As Project Director, he led the creation of the joint venture that established the Alan Turing Institute at the British Library,and is a board member and chair of its audit committee. Prior to this he oversaw the expansion of the UK’s Centres for Doctoral Training programme to secure £1B investment, and the establishment of the National Graphene Institute. From 2005 to 2008 he was in the UK Government’s Office of Science and Innovation, first as a special advisor and then Head of Policy and Analysis. Previously Neil held a variety of strategy and delivery roles in the Research Councils, introducing reviewer training and operations and quality management into EPSRC’s peer review process. He was a member of the European Science Foundation’s Peer Review Task Force. Neil has a PhD Plant Physiology and has published research and given international talks on gender and the sociology of grant funding.

neil viner

Junping Wang, PhD

Program Director, Division of Mathematical Sciences, National Science Foundation

Dr. Junping Wang received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Chicago in 1988 and has been a Program Director at National Science Foundation since 2003. His recent primary responsibility at NSF is to support and manage innovative and transformative research projects in biological sciences where mathematics, statistics, and computational techniques play significant roles in new discovery. He is the lead Program Director for the Joint DMS/NIGMS Initiative to Support Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences. He is also one of the key Working Group Members for the joint program between NSF and the Simons Foundation on NSF-Simons Research Centers for Mathematics of Complex Biological Systems. His research focuses on computational methods for problems arising from science and engineering. His recent contribution in research highlights the discovery of weak Galerkin finite element methods - a new and efficient computational technique for general modeling equations in science and engineering.

Kari Wojtanik, PhD

Senior Manager, Evaluation & Outcomes, Susan G. Komen 

Dr. Kari Wojtanik joined Susan G. Komen in 2011 and is responsible for the strategic planning and implementation of evaluation efforts for Komen’s scientific research grants and programs. As the Sr. Manager of Evaluation & Outcomes, Dr. Wojtanik applies scientific expertise in biomedical research and program evaluation to develop innovative solutions for measuring the impact of biomedical research. She manages a team responsible for monitoring and evaluation of research grants, key research program accomplishments and outcomes, and provides a pioneering approach to communicating evaluation findings to diverse stakeholder groups. Prior to joining Komen, Dr. Wojtanik worked as an Evaluation Analyst and Science Writer for the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Wojtanik earned a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Physiology from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at The National Institutes of Health. Kari is based remotely in the Boston area.

Elsevier speakers

M'hamed el Aisati

Vice President, Funding Content and Analytics, Elsevier

M'hamed el Aisati has held his current position in the research management unit of Elsevier since 2012. He leads a team that looks after content and analytical services, supporting large research performance evaluation programs and rankings. After joining the company in 1998, he contributed to the realization of its first digital journals platform, which preceded ScienceDirect, and in 2004 he helped launch Scopus. El Aisati was granted a master’s in computer sciences from the University of Amsterdam. He has published several papers in peer-reviewed journals and holds two patents.

David Everard

Solution Sales Manager, Government, Elsevier

David is a Solutions Sales Manager dedicated to the US Federal Government for the Elsevier Research Intelligence Portfolio.  David has been with Elsevier a little over 1 year, and brings a deep history of helping the US Federal Government find value in technical and scientific solutions.  In his prior position at the Intel Corporation, David led efforts in the Scientific and High Performance Computing areas covering the Public Sector in the US and Canada for 22 years. His career prior to that included sales and technical positions at such companies as Zenith Data Systems, GTE and SMS.  David holds a B.S. Degree in Business/Decision Sciences from George Mason University.

Holly Falk-Krzesinski, PhD

Vice President, Research Intelligence, Global Strategic Networks, Elsevier

Dr. Holly Falk-Krzesinski is the Vice President, Research Intelligence on the Global Strategic Networks team at Elsevier.  Her responsibilities center on how insights from data, metrics, and analytics guide research performance evaluation and the strategic planning processes at research institutions and funding bodies—as well as how open science is advancing to strengthen the research enterprise. Prior to joining Elsevier, Dr. Falk-Krzesinski was a faculty member and administrator in arts & sciences, medicine, and central administration at Northwestern University where she launched the Office of Research Development and facilitated a multitude of interdisciplinary team science grant programs spanning art history to bioenergy to sustainability, with a special interest in approaches to evaluating scientific collaboration and recognition and reward for team science. Dr. Falk-Krzesinski is also broadly involved in promoting early career researchers and women leaders in STEM, serving on the External Scientific Panel of the National Institutes for Health’s BEST program and as co-chair of Elsevier’s Gender Working Group. Dr. Falk-Krzesinski is recognized for her expertise in team science and research development, and she continues to teach at Northwestern.

Brad Fenwick, DVM, PhD

Senior Vice President, Global Strategic Alliances, Elsevier

Dr. Brad Fenwick is a Professor of Pathobiology and Microbiology. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his research, holds several patents, founded a biotechnology company, and consults globally with companies, universities, and governments.  He is a Fellow with the American Council on Education, a Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a science advisor with the U.S. State Department. He has held many senior administrative positions, including Graduate Dean, Vice President for Research, President for Intellectual Properties, Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement, and Chief Scientist with the USDA.  As Senior Vice President for Global Strategic Alliances with Elsevier he is charged with forging non-commercial partnerships with universities, research centers, industry, governments, and funding bodies.

Brad Fenwick

Ann Gabriel

Ann Gabriel is Vice President for Academic & Research Relations at Elsevier Global Strategic Networks, and is based in New York.  Ann has held a variety of positions at the forefront of scholarly communication, most recently as Elsevier’s Publishing Director for journals in Computer Science and Engineering, as well as electronic product development roles with Elsevier’s ScienceDirect, and previously Cambridge University Press.  She has served as adjunct faculty at New York University.

She is a member the Association of American Publishers (AAP) / Professional/Scholarly Publishing (PSP) Executive Committee.  She holds a master’s degree in communications from the University of Pennsylvania.