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External Advisors

The role of the LA CaTS Center External Advisory Committee is to provide an objective evaluation of the progress of the LA CaTS Center, and to provide recommendations based off those assessments. LA CaTS Center EAC members meet on an annual basis to hold an onsite review of the Center.

President, Hope Institute, LLC

Research Interests: Rural health disparities, cancer disparities research, clinical trial accrual and diversity, diversity in biospecimen donation for research, ethical issues in trials and tissue donation, community engagement in research, telemedicine

Duke University, School of Medicine
Director, Duke Liver Center
Florence McAlister Professor and Chief
Chief, Division of Gastroenterology

Research Interests: basic and clinical liver research and has a busy clinical hepatology practice, liver injury, NASH, and NAFLD.

Director, Informatics Institute
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Research interests: Improving clinical decision making, clinical informatics, clinical research informatics, improvement of health data capture

University of Florida College of Medicine
Professor Emerita, Department of Medicine
Former Co-Director, UF CTSI Training and Workforce Development Program
Former Co-Director, UF CTSI KL2 Program
Former Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development

Research interests: women’s cardiovascular health, prevention of cardiovascular disease, physical activity, treatment of obesity and clinical/translational research training programs

University of Louisville, School of Medicine and Louisville VAMC
Department of Medicine
Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology & Toxicology
Distinguished University Scholar
Associate Vice President for Translational Research
Associate Vice President for Health Affairs/Research
Director, Alcohol Research Center
Director, Hepatobiology & Toxicology Center
Director, Clinical Trials Unit
Chief of GI, Robley Rex Louisville VAMC 

Research Interests: Gut:Liver Axis/microbiome in Liver disease and injury, Cytokines and liver injury, Metabolic complications of alcoholism and alcohol-associated liver disease, Zinc metabolism, Nutrition and liver disease, Obesity/NASH

Professor & Interim Associate Dean, Research
Wake Forest School of Medicine

Research interests: Obesity, Health Disparities, Nutrition, Behavioral Therapy, Tye 2 Diabetes, Weight Loss Treatment

Chief, Division of Endocrinology
Verne S. Caviness Distinguished Professor
Director, Diabetes Center
Director, NC Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute

Research interests: Prevention and treatment of type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes and their complications



Past Advisors

University of Colorado
Charles A. Boettcher Endowed Chair in Atherosclerosis
Professor of Medicine - Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes, and Cardiology
Professor of Physiology and Biophysics
Program Director, Adult General Clinical Research Center

Research Interests: Lipids, Obesity, Metabolism, and Diabetes. Research is focused on the relationship between nutrition, insulin action, energy balance and body weight regulation with experiments carried out in both humans and mice

Columbia University
Irving Professor of Medicine
Director, Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

Research Interests: Molecular and cellular regulation hypertriglyceridemia, particularly in patients and animal models of insulin resistance and diabetes

Vanderbilt University, School of Medicine
Director, CTSA Biomedical Informatics Operations
Director, Office of Research Informatics
Associate Professor, Biomedical Informatics and Biomedical Engineering
Serves as faculty lead for two large-scale software development/dissemination projects - REDCap and ResearchMatch

Research Interests: interested in problems associated with: 1) novel strategies for data collection, analysis and dissemination in patient-oriented and translational research; 2) noninvasive methods for determination of physiological properties; and 3) software collaboration and dissemination models

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
F. Carter Pannill, Jr. Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology, and Palliative Medicine Department of Medicine
Principal Investigator for Research Education, Training, and Career Development
Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science (CTSA Contracts: UL1 TR000149 and KL2 TR000118)

Research Interests: Teacher Professional Development for Middle School Science Teachers

Director, Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Associate Vice-Chancellor for Research, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Sciences, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Director, Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Coordinating Center

Research interests:  Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) and Sepsis