January 14, 2013
Sharon Anderson, M.D., Portland VA Medical Center chief, Division of Hospital Specialty Medicine, and professor of medicine, was appointed to the NIH's National Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Advisory Council by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.
Her term began Nov. 1, 2012 and will expire Oct. 31, 2016. Members of the advisory council are drawn from the scientific and lay communities and are appointed to four-year terms.
NIH National Research Advisory Councils are consulted by and provide advice to the NIH director. Members review and make recommendations regarding grant applications to support biomedical research and research training activities. Members also survey the total research effort in a particular field, in this case the field of diabetes, digestive and kidney diseases, and recommend action necessary to stimulate additional work.
Dr. Anderson's research interests include the progression of chronic kidney disease, with an emphasis on diabetic nephropathy, polycystic kidney disease, and the pathophysiology of the aging kidney. She is also interested in hormonal modulation of renal function and mechanisms of progressive glomerular injury. She has also won many awards for teaching and service at OHSU.