Director's Bio: David R. Wilson, Ph.D.
David R. Wilson, Ph.D.
Dr. David R. Wilson was appointed first director of the Tribal Health Research Office (THRO) at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2017. In this leadership role, Dr. Wilson brings together NIH representatives, resources, and research to address Tribal health concerns. He works to build a unified NIH presence with which to engage and ensure input from Tribal leaders across the country.
Dr. Wilson is committed to encouraging underrepresented minorities to pursue careers in science and aims to expand training opportunities for American Indians and Alaska Natives. In April 2022, he was appointed as one of five national health leaders to serve as a new member on the Stand Up To Cancer® Health Equity Committee. He also serves as an adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health at the Center for American Indian Health.
Previously, Dr. Wilson served as public health advisor and American Indian and Alaska Native policy lead with the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and was a senior research scientist at the National Institute on Aging at NIH. He has a Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology from Arizona State University.
Featured News and Publications
- Science, Health, and Public Trust: Communicating About Tribal Health Research July 20, 2022
- Welcome to the Summer 2022 Honoring Health Newsletter! June 1, 2022
- Stand Up To Cancer® names five national health leaders as new members of its Health Equity Committee April 27, 2022
- Video Conversation About Tribal Health Research and Resources Related to Bone, Muscle, Skin, and Autoimmune Diseases April 22, 2022
- New Tribal Consultation Policy: Fostering Consistent, Meaningful Engagement with Tribal Nations March 17, 2022
- Nurturing Innovation at the Roots: The Success of COVID-19 Vaccination in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities February 23, 2022
- Video Conversation About Drug Use and Addiction November 29, 2021
- Increasing Black, Indigenous and People of Color Participation in Clinical Trials Through Community Engagement and Recruitment Goal Establishment October 21, 2021
- Video Conversation About Mental Health July 15, 2021
- Video Conversation About COVID-19 Research and Vaccines December 15, 2020
- Alaska Native genomic research: perspectives from Alaska Native leaders, federal staff, and biomedical researchers August 25, 2020
- Constructing identities: the implications of DTC ancestry testing for tribal communities January 21, 2019
- Beyond Belmont: Ensuring Respect for AI/AN Communities Through Tribal IRBs, Laws, and Policies June 29, 2017
- Appointment of Dr. David R. Wilson as Director of the Tribal Health Research Office, NIH January 22, 2017
This page last reviewed on July 25, 2022