National Scientific Advisory Committee (NSAC)


The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation was founded in 1967 with a mission to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life for millions of children and adults in the United States affected by these diseases. The Foundation sponsors basic, translational, and clinical research, and educational programs for patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals, while providing supportive services to help patients and their families cope with these chronic intestinal diseases. The National Scientific Advisory Committee (NSAC) is key in helping the Foundation achieve its mission.

NSAC overview

The NSAC, which includes researchers and healthcare providers, works in close partnership with the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation staff to advance the Foundation's mission. The NSAC Cabinet consists of the chairs and chairs of the NSAC subcommittees. The NSAC Cabinet (see members below) and the committees include physicians, nurses, advanced practice providers, psychologists, social workers, dietitians, and scientists. The key roles and responsibilities of the NSAC include the following:

 

Research programs

NSAC members serve as advisers to the Foundation on the direction of research programs, scientific policy, and scientific priorities. For investigator-initiated research grants and proposals, the NSAC is responsible for reviewing all applications for scientific merit and relevance to IBD through a standing review committee mechanism. 

Education and support

NSAC members provide advice related to the direction and content of professional, patient, and caregiver education and support programs. For many of these initiatives, the NSAC participates in the development of programs. The NSAC is also involved with Foundation staff to assist with national, state, and local advocacy issues.

Stakeholder engagement

The NSAC encourages involvement with the Foundation among professionals to further its goals within the IBD community. Key areas include expanding engagement with diverse providers and with government and industry.

NSAC cabinet

David Rubin
Peter Higgins, MD
Brent Polk, MD
David Rubin, MD, Chair
Peter Higgins, MD, Chair-Elect
Brent Polk, MD, PhD, Immediate Past Chair

Research subcommittees

Grants Council

Clara Abraham
Theresa Pizarro
 
Clara Abraham, MD, Chair
Theresa Pizarro, PhD, Co-Chair
 

Senior Research Awards Committee

Asma Nusrat, MD
Terrence Barrett
Eugene Chang, MD
Asma Nusrat, MD, Chair
Terrence Barrett, MD, Co-Chair
Eugene (Gene) Chang, MD, Co-Chair

Research Fellowship and Career Development Awards Committee

Tim Denning, PhD
Dermot McGovern, MD, PhD, FRCP, FACG, Co-Chair
Gretchen Diehl, PhD, Co-Chair
Tim Denning, PhD, Chair
Dermot McGovern, MD, PhD, FRCP(Lon), FACG, Co-Chair
Gretchen Diehl, PhD, Co-Chair

Clinical Research Awards Committee

Jeremy Adler, MD
Laura Mackner, PhD
 
Jeremy Adler, MD, MSc, Chair
Laura Mackner, PhD, Co-Chair
 

Litwin IBD Pioneers

Judy Cho, MD
Jeremiah Faith, PhD
Randy Longman, MD, PhD
Judy Cho, MD, Chair
Jeremiah Faith, PhD, Co-Chair
Randy Longman, MD, PhD, Co-Chair

Ad Hoc Conflict Review Committee

Declan McCole, PhD
Matthew Ciorba, MD
 
Declan McCole, PhD, Chair
Matthew Ciorba, MD, Co-Chair
 

Education and support subcommittees

Nurse & Advanced Practice Committee

Nana Bernasko
Whitney Gray, APN
 
Nana Bernasko, APN, Chair
Whitney Gray, APN, Co-Chair
 

Professional Education Committee

Tina Ha, MD
Bincy Abraham, MD
Florian Rieder, MD
Tina Ha, MD, Chair
Bincy Abraham, MD, Co-Chair
Florian Rieder, MD, Co-Chair

REACH-IBD Committee

Ryan Ungaro, MD
 
 
Ryan Ungaro, MD, Chair
   

Patient Education Committee

Eugene Yen, MD
Harry Thomas, MD
Elisa Boden, MD
Eugene Yen, MD, MBA, Chair
Harry Thomas, MD, Co-Chair
Elisa Boden, MD, Co-Chair

Pediatric Affairs Committee

Traci jester, MD, RD
Jennifer Dotson, MD
Jennifer Strople, MD
Traci Jester, MD, RD, Chair
Jennifer Dotson, MD, Co-Chair
Jennifer Strople, MD, Co-Chair

Stakeholder engagement

Diversity & Inclusion

Dedrick Moulton, MD
Ruby Greywoode, MD
Kimberly Kearns, APN
Dedrick Moulton, MD, Chair
Ruby Greywoode, MD, Co-Chair
Kimberly Kearns, APN, Co-Chair

Government and Industry Affairs

Tom Ullman, MD
Angela Sandell, MD
Anish Patel, MD
Tom Ullman, MD, Chair
Angela Sandell, MD, Chair
Anish Patel, MD, Co-Chair

Professional Membership Committee

Gary Lichtenstein, MD
Ariel Jordan, MD
Ben Cohen, MD
Gary Lichtenstein, MD, Chair
Ariel Jordan, MD, Co-Chair
Ben Cohen, MD, Co-Chair

Liaisons from research networks

Clinical Research Alliance

Millie Long, MD
Raymond Cross, MD
 
Millie Long, MD, MPH, Co-Chair
Raymond Cross, MD, Co-Chair
 

PRO-KIIDS Network

Stacy Kahn, MD
Michael Rosen, MD
 
Stacy Kahn, MD, Co-Chair
Michael Rosen, MD, Co-Chair
 

Surgery Research Network 

Alessandro Fichera, MD
Samuel Eisenstein, MD

 

Alessandro Fichera, MD, Co-Chair
Samuel Eisenstein, MD, Co-Chair
 

IBD Plexus

James Lewis, MD
   
James Lewis, MD, Chief Scientist
   

IBD Qorus

Corey Siegel, MD
Gil Melmed, MD
 
Corey Siegel, MD, PI
Gil Melmed, MD, PI
 

Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Journal

Sonia Friedman, MD
Fabio Cominelli, MD
 
Sonia Friedman, MD, Deputy Editor
Fabio Cominelli, MD, Editor
 

Crohn's & Colitis 360

Miguel Regueiro
Alan Moss, MD
 
Miguel Regueiro, MD, Editor in Chief
Alan Moss, MD, Deputy Editor
 

Women in IBD

Meenakshi, MD
Jami Kinnucan, MD
 
Meenakshi Bewtra, MD, Co-Chair
Jami Kinnucan, MD, Co-Chair