Date: Monday, 9/20/2010

Location: Volker Hall Lecture Room B, 1670 University Boulevard

Organizers: Drs Xiang-Yang Lou, Nengjun Yi, and David B. Allison


  • Alabama Obesity Institute
  • Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC)
  • Section on Statistical Genetics (SSG)


This workshop is designed to give trainees and investigators ranging from graduate students through faculty exposure to the perspective of those who sit within the granting organizations on what makes for more successful grant applications. Speakers will be highly experienced individuals who have seen and participated in the evaluation and decision-making process for many grant applications. The domains of industry, philanthropic, NIH, & NSF will all be represented.

Targeted Audience:

SSG & NORC faculty and fellows and AOI members. Open to all other graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty in the University pending available space.

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4 Funding Perspectives:

8:00-8:30 AM Check-in & Welcome
Dr. David Allison
8:35-9:20 AM Dr. Nengjun Yi intro
Norman Braveman, Ph.D. (NIH)
10 minutes Q & A
9:35-10:20 AM Dr. Xiang-Yang Lou intro
Keith Crank, Ph.D. (NSF)
10 minutes Q & A
10:30-10:40 AM Break
10:45-11:30 AM Dr. Xiang-Yang Lou intro
Sethu K. Reddy, MD MBA (Merck)
10 minutes Q & A
11:45-12:30 PM Dr. Nengjun Yi intro
Victoria McGovern, Ph.D. (Burroughs)
10 minutes Q & A


Norman Braveman, Ph.D.

Braveman BioMed Consultants LLC

Norman B.Dr. Norman S. Braveman retired at the end of 2008 from the NIH after more than 28 years of service. Dr. Braveman received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Miami University (Ohio) in Psychology and his Ph.D. from Washington State University in Psychobiology with a minor area of concentration in Quantitative Genetics. He joined the extramural scientific staff at the National Institutes of Health in 1980 after 10 years in academia as a teacher and researcher.

Keith Crank, Ph.D.

American Statistical Association

Keith C.Dr. Keith Crank has a BS in mathematics education and an MS in mathematics from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in statistics from Purdue University. Prior to joining the ASA as a research and graduate education manager, he was a program officer at the National Science Foundation, primarily in the probability program.

S. Sethu K. Reddy, MD MBA

Merck Research Laboratories

S. Sethu K.Dr. Sethu Reddy is Vice-President and Head of US- Medical Affairs for Merck & Co. He joined Merck in 2006, having been past-Chairman of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Reddy earned his MD in 1980 at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. He completed his fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at the U. of Toronto. His research fellowship in cellular and molecular physiology was conducted at Harvard Medical School/Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. Prior to joining the Cleveland Clinic, he was an Associate Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry at Dalhousie University, Canada. He completed his MBA at Cleveland State University in 2002.

Victoria McGovern, Ph.D.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Victoria M.Victoria McGovern, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer, runs the Institutional Program Unifying Population and Laboratory Based Sciences as well as the Fund's assistant professor-focused career development program in Infectious Diseases. She has long been involved in science policy efforts related to strengthening the scientific workforce, an interest she continues at BWF. Her scientific work centered around chromosome structure and infectious diseases, and she maintains a continuing interest in the functional analysis and structure of whole genomes, including by managing the Fund's investments in pathogen genomics and post-genomics. Victoria earned bachelor's degrees in Biology and in English Literature at Washington University and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has taught courses ranging from biochemistry to bioinformatics at Birmingham Southern College, the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, and Davidson College. She is a member of the National Postdoctoral Association's advisory board and is the chair of Sigma Xi's Committee on the public understanding of science. She joined the Fund in 1997.