UM Professor Appointed to National Institutes of Health Study Section

September 24, 2015

UM Professor David ShepherdMISSOULA – The National Institutes of Health recently selected a University of Montana professor to be a member of its Center for Scientific Review. David Shepherd, a faculty member in UM’s College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences, accepted the four-year appointment to serve on the Innate Immunity and Inflammation Study Section.

NIH chooses its members based on 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 and honors.

“It’s an honor for me, as this group of scientists are amongst the most productive and respected leaders in the field of immunology in the U.S. and throughout the world,” Shepherd said.

Study section service requires mature judgment and objectivity, as members review NIH grant applications and make recommendations to the appropriate NIH advisory council or board.

During the past 15 years, Shepherd has received significant resources and financial support from NIH for his research and has become an internationally recognized expert in environmental immunology.

“Dr. Shepherd’s research is highly respected in the research community as demonstrated by his invitation to serve on the Innate Immunity and Inflammation Study Section,” said Scott Whittenburg, UM vice president for research and creative scholarship.

“It is a sincere privilege to be able to give back to the scientific community and NIH by serving on this study section while it also provides the impetus for me to continually hone my knowledge and skills in this important area of biomedical research,” Shepherd said.

Shepherd’s appointment began July 1 and ends June 30, 2019.

For more information call Shepherd at 406-243-2224 or email    

Contact: David Shepherd, professor, UM Department of Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences, 406-243-2224,