11/30/2007

Piedimonte to Serve on NIH Review Board
Giovanni Piedimonte, M.D., chair of the West Virginia University School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics, has been selected by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to serve as a member of its Respiratory Integrative Biology and Translational (RIBT) Research Study Section, Center for Scientific Review. His membership term will last four years. 

Dr. Piedimonte is Board certified in general pediatrics and pediatric pulmonology.  His studies of viral respiratory infections have attracted national and international recognition.

As a member of the NIH’s study section, Dr. Piedimonte will review grant applications submitted to the NIH, make recommendations on the applications to the appropriate NIH national advisory council or board, and survey the status of research in his field.

 Giovanni Piedimonte, M.D.
Membership on a NIH study section represents a major commitment of professional time and energy, but it also represents a great honor and a unique opportunity to contribute to the biomedical research effort in our country,” Piedimonte said. “The RIBT study section is particularly important to today’s respiratory research because it reviews most translational projects, i.e., those that attempt to more directly connect basic research to patient care and are the primary focus of the NIH Roadmap for the next decade.” 

In addition to his duties as chair of pediatrics, Dr. Piedimonte is WVU’s first Wyeth Research Scholar. His clinical interests are in childhood asthma, pediatric pulmonology, and cystic fibrosis.  

His primary area of research is airway disease with a particular focus on asthma, specifically early life viral infections and their effect on long-term pediatric pulmonary disease. He has federal and non-federal research grant support to conduct in vitro cellular studies, in vivo animal studies, as well as clinical research.

Dr. Piedimonte earned his medical degree from the University of Rome School of Medicine in 1986 and also completed a pediatrics residency there. His four years of postdoctoral research training at the Cardiovascular Research Institute of the University of California San Francisco gave him a foundation for both basic and clinical research in the areas of heart and lung disease. He then completed two years of clinical fellowship in pediatric pulmonology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

For more information on pediatric services at WVU, visit http://www.wvukids.com/. 

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Emily Corio, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
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