David Cribbs, Ph.D. Appointed to VA Scientific Merit Review Board

Dr. David Cribbs, Associate Director of UCI MIND and Professor in Residence in the Department of Neurology, has been appointed to the Department of Veterans Affairs Joint Biomedical Laboratory Research  and Development (BLR&D) and Clinical Science Research and Development (CSR&D) Services Scientific Merit Review Board.

As a board member, Dr. Cribbs will provide advice on the scientific quality, budget, safety and mission relevance of investigator-initiated research proposals submitted for intramural funding at the VA.  Funding is available for studies that prove both scientifically meritorious and relevant to the health of veterans.

The board fulfills its mission through a series of expert subcommittees that review basic preclinical biomedical and behavioral research as well as clinical studies.   Selected for his outstanding scientific credentials, Dr. Cribbs will serve on the Panel for Neurobiology-D through 2015.

Dr. Cribbs has published more than 90 peer-reviewed papers and review articles, and served on multiple National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Scientific Review Study Section panels. In 2008, he received the Van den Noort Award for Outstanding Research in the UCI Department of Neurology.  Currently heavily involved in the design and development of immunotherapeutic approaches for treating Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases, Dr. Cribbs serves as the co-leader of Neuropathology Core in the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) at UCI MIND.  Under his leadership, the Neuropathology Core maintains the ADRC’s human brain tissue repository.

Dr. Cribbs received a B.S. from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from West Virginia University. While in the Department of Biophysics at Johns Hopkins University, he was awarded a NIH postdoctoral fellowship.  Finally, Dr. Cribbs is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, Society for Neuroscience; American Association of Immunologists; Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology; American Society for Neurochemistry; International Society of Neuroimmunology, and the International Society to Advance Alzheimer Research and Treatment.