National Institutes of Health Name Dr. Barbara Anne Dennison to Disease Prevention Review Group

ALBANY, N.Y. (July 24, 2008) – Barbara Anne Dennison M.D., Director of the Bureau of Health Risk Reduction for the New York State Department of Health, has been named by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to serve on the Psychosocial Risk and Disease Prevention Study Section, Center for Scientific Review,.

The NIH's Psychosocial Risk and Disease Prevention Study Section, Center for Scientific Review is a federal peer review group responsible for reviewing and recommending NIH grant research applications for funding. The Center for Scientific Review plays a key role in supporting medical research in this country and assuring the quality of the NIH peer review process.

"We congratulate Dr. Dennison on being named to this national scientific review group," said state Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D. "This is a unique opportunity for Dr. Dennison to lend her extensive public health expertise to further essential medical research."

The members of the 24-person review group are appointed to rotating four-year terms by the NIH and are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors. Dr. Dennison's appointment took effect July 1.

Dr. Dennison joined the state Health Department in 2003. As Director of the Bureau of Health Risk Reduction, she oversees statewide prevention efforts to improve nutrition, increase physical activity and reduce television viewing to aid in the prevention of obesity, heart disease, stroke and other chronic diseases. Dr. Dennison has published her research in professional medical publications including the American Journal of Public Health, Preventive Medicine, Preventing Chronic Disease, Pediatrics, Circulation, Obesity, and Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

Dr. Dennison received her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1982, completed training in pediatrics (University of Chicago), nutrition (Cornell University) and epidemiology (Johns Hopkins University), and is licensed to practice medicine in New York. In addition to her work at DOH, she is also a Clinical Professor of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health, University at Albany.