NCCIH Natural Products Technical Assistance Webinar

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 • 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. EST




Wendy J. Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., joined NCCIH as a program director in 2009. She oversees NCCIH’s portfolio of health services research, studies of complementary medicine to promote of healthy behavior, and complex complementary/integrative medicine intervention research to include traditional Chinese medicine, naturopathy, integrative medicine, and Ayurveda. Dr. Weber’s interests include the use of complementary medicine interventions for common pediatric conditions, mental health conditions, promoting healthy behaviors, and health services research.

Dr. Weber is the coordinator for NCCIH’s Preliminary Clinical Studies in Preparation for Large Interventional Trials of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapies (R34) program. She is also the NCCIH representative to the NIH Common Fund Science of Behavior Change program and the NIH Prevention Research Coordinating Committee.

Dr. Weber earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in epidemiology and a Master of Public Health from the University of Washington. She earned a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine (N.D.) from Bastyr University. Prior to joining NCCIH, she was a research associate professor at Bastyr University, where her research included the study of herbal treatments for pediatric conditions. Her clinical practice focused on the treatment of children and adolescents with mental health conditions, abdominal pain, headaches, and allergies.

She has published on echinacea’s effect on colds in children, naturopathic treatment of children, and complementary medicine treatments for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Her articles have appeared in JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical AssociationThe Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, and Pediatrics.

Ashlee Tipton, Ph.D., joined the NCCIH Division of Extramural Research as a program analyst in 2015. She oversees R13 grant pre-submissions to NCCIH, awards for Certificates of Confidentiality, and the loan repayment program.

Dr. Tipton received her B.S. in biological sciences with a concentration in microbiology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and her Ph.D. in biomedical sciences with a concentration in vascular biology from Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia.

Prior to joining NIH, Dr. Tipton worked as a postdoctoral associate at the University of Maryland, College Park, in the Fischell Department of Bioengineering. Her postdoctoral research focused on targeted lymph node delivery of small molecule drugs using biomaterials to generate immunotherapy in rodent models of autoimmunity. As a Ph.D. student, Dr. Tipton elucidated the mechanism by which renal T cells and sex of the animal contribute to hypertension in a rodent animal model.

Dr. Martina Schmidt is the Chief of the Office of Scientific Review at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). She directs and coordinates all activities related to the peer review of grant applications for investigator-initiated research, small business, fellowship, and career development training awards, as well as NCCIH-specific funding announcements and center programs. She also serves as the referral officer for NCCIH. In this capacity, she assigns applications to NCCIH study sections and interacts with referral officers across the National Institutes of Health (NIH), negotiating appropriate funding institute assignment of submitted applications. Dr. Schmidt has a strong interest in review policy, and is part of NIH’s Review Policy Committee. For several years she also has chaired a trans-NIH committee focused on defining core competencies and key behaviors inherent to the scientific review officer (SRO) position as well as identifying and organizing associated trainings for NIH scientific review staff. She joined NCCIH in 2005 as an SRO. In this capacity, she administered the scientific review of applications submitted to NCCIH in response to its various funding announcements with a primary focus on the review of applications submitted in response to NCCIH’s Center programs and natural products funding initiatives.

Dr. Schmidt received her Ph.D. in microbiology from University of Wuerzburg, Germany, in 1997. She left Germany for a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Linda Wolff at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). During her time at NCI, Dr. Schmidt worked on the proto-oncogene c-Myb and its involvement in myeloid leukemogenesis. In 2004, she joined the Center for Scientific Review (CSR) as an SRO intern in the Oncology Internal Review Group (IRG). During her time at CSR, she had the opportunity to familiarize herself with the review of different application mechanisms as well as with the working styles of different study sections.

Moderater: Catherine Law, M.T.S.C., Team Lead, Content Development, NCCIH Office of Communications and Public Liaison

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