Koulen appointed to serve on NIH review group

Peter Koulen, Ph.D.
Peter Koulen, Ph.D.

Peter Koulen, Ph.D., a renowned vision and neuroscience researcher at the UMKC School of Medicine, has been appointed to serve as a member of one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientific review groups.

Koulen is professor of ophthalmology and basic medical science and the Felix and Carmen Sabates/Missouri Endowed Chair in Vision Research. He also serves as director of basic research at the school’s Vision Research Center. In July, he will begin a four-year term with the Bioengineering of Neuroscience, Vision and Low Vision Technologies Study Section, part of the NIH Center for Scientific Review.

The group reviews applications focused on the development and utilization of bioengineering, materials engineering and computational approaches to study fundamental problems in neuroscience. The panel covers a broad range of technologies as applied to neural systems and all eye tissues. 

Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline, as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors.

“Service on a study section also requires mature judgment and objectivity, as well as the ability to work effectively in a group, qualities we believe Dr. Koulen will bring to this important task,” said Richard Nakamura, Ph.D., director of the NIH Center for Scientific Review.

Study sections also review research grant applications, make recommendations on these applications to NIH advisory councils or boards, 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,” Nakamura said.