Antonio Scarpa , Ph.D.
Center for Scientific Review, Room 3030
6701 Rockledge Dr. Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone Number: 301-435-1111

On March 21, 2005, Dr. Antonio Scarpa was named Director of the Center for Scientific Review (CSR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He now leads CSR’s efforts to better manage the receipt and referral of NIH grant applications and coordinate their review in CSR peer review groups. Dr. Scarpa has served as a permanent member of three NIH peer review committees between 1983 and 2003 as well as a member of peer review committees for the American Heart Association.

He came to NIH from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, where he was the David and Inez Myers professor and chair of the Department of Physiology. He oversaw the development of a small physiology and biophysics department into one now ranked among the best in the country. His research there was focused on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of ion transport and homeostasis and the metabolic consequences induced by transport. His studies were supported by grants from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, as well as the American Heart Association.

Dr. Scarpa has more than 225 peer-reviewed publications and has edited or co-edited 9 books or special journal supplements. He has been an officer or board member of many scientific societies, including The Biophysical Society, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, and the Association of American Medical Colleges. Over the years, Scarpa also has served on the editorial boards of 13 scientific journals and served as editor or co-editor for 5 journals.

Dr. Scarpa received his M.D. and Ph.D. (Libera Docenza) in general pathology from the University of Padua School of Medicine, and he conducted postdoctoral studies at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands, and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Scarpa continued his research and academic career for 17 years at the University of Pennsylvania before moving to Case Western Reserve in 1986.

The Center for Scientific Review organizes the peer review groups that evaluate the majority of grant applications submitted to the National Institutes of Health. We also receive all NIH and many Public Health Service grant applications and assign them to the appropriate NIH Institutes and Centers and PHS agencies. Our primary goal is to see that NIH applications receive fair, independent, expert, and timely reviews that are free from inappropriate influences so NIH can fund the most promising research. Additional information on CSR is available on our Web site ( or by calling 301 435-1111.


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