Wayne State president named to NIH advisory panel

Kim Kozlowski
The Detroit News

Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson will begin serving on the advisory committee to the director for the National Institutes of Health, the largest financial supporter of biomedical research in the world, officials announced Wednesday.

Wilson will serve on a committee that provides recommendations on program development, resource appropriations, policy and more to NIH Director Francis Collins — a former University of Michigan professor who identified numerous genes responsible for diseases. Collins also is known for leading the landmark Human Genome Project in 2003.

The 13-member committee includes another UM staff member, former president Mary Sue Coleman, now president of the Association of American Universities.

The committee will consult with and make recommendations to the secretary of Health and Human Services and the assistant secretary for health.

Wilson, who will be the only university president on the committee, called the post an “honor and a responsibility.”

“Thanks in large part to NIH-funded research, people are living healthier and longer lives than ever before, but there is still plenty of work to be done,” Wilson said.

Wilson, who became president of Wayne State in 2013, previously was deputy director for strategic scientific planning and program coordination at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the NIH.

His term begins immediately and will end Dec. 31, 2019.