Chinazo Cunningham, MD, MS Dr. Chinazo Cunningham (General Internal Medicine) has joined, by invitation, the Behavioral and Social Consequences of HIV/AIDS Study Section at the Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, for the term beginning July 2012 and ending June 30, 2018.
A faculty member at Einstein and Montefiore for over 10 years, Dr. Cunningham has been caring for marginalized populations such as HIV-infected individuals, substance users, and the unstably housed. She has developed unique and innovative programs to deliver health care to marginalized populations, along with research and evaluation focusing on their access to and utilization of health care. Dr. Cunningham works closely with community-based organizations and has been the principal investigator on several federally funded grants.
Study section members 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. Service on a study section also requires mature judgment and objectivity as well as the ability to work effectively in a group, qualities the Center believes Dr. Cunningham will bring to this important task. Membership on a study section represents a major commitment of professional time and energy as well as a unique opportunity to contribute to the national biomedical research effort. Study sections review grant applications submitted to the NIH, make recommendations on these applications to the appropriate NIH national advisory council or board, and survey the status of research in their fields of science.