DPCPSI Leadership

Biographical Sketch of James M. Anderson, M.D., Ph.D

NIH Deputy Director for Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives

Dr. James M. AndersonDr. James M. Anderson was appointed in September 2010 as the NIH Deputy Director for Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives, and Director, Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI) in the Office of the Director, NIH. DPCPSI’s mission includes identifying emerging scientific opportunities, rising public health challenges, and scientific knowledge gaps that merit further research. The Division plans and implements NIH-wide initiatives supported by the Common Fund and coordinates activities and research related to AIDS, behavioral and social sciences, women's health, disease prevention, dietary supplements, sexual and gender minorities, tribal health, and research infrastructure, data science, and nutrition. Prior to joining NIH, Dr. Anderson was Professor and Chair of the Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a position he held since 2002.

Before his appointment at Chapel Hill, he was Professor of Medicine and Cell Biology and Chief of the Section of Digestive Diseases, at the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Anderson received his Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University in 1979, and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1983. He is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the American Association of Physicians, and a Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association. His research in the NHLBI intramural program is focused on understanding epithelial barrier function. He is the recipient of the 2007 Takeda Distinguished Research Award and the 2014 Walter B. Cannon Award, both from the American Physiological Society.

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