UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine is pleased to announce that Kevin C. Kent Lloyd, associate dean for Research and Graduate Studies and director of the Mouse Biology Program, has accepted an invitation to join the Council of Councils of the National Institutes of Health.
Lloyd is a professor in the Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Cell Biology. He is a clinical veterinarian and research physiologist with expertise in targeted conditional mutagenesis of the laboratory mouse and physiology of the mammalian gastrointestinal tract with special emphasis on mechanisms of enterogastric reflexes. At the Mouse Biology Program, Lloyd oversees the research, teaching, and services related to the use of genetically altered mice for biomedical research on disease, developmental disorders, and behavioral abnormalities. He is also an instructor in the veterinary and graduate curriculums.
As a member of the Council of Councils, Lloyd will help advise the director of the NIH, Francis S. Collins, on research efforts that address "major cross-cutting NIH priorities." Council members also provide input on policies and activities of the Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives.
The council makes recommendations in support of research that represents important emerging scientific opportunities, rising public health challenges, or knowledge gaps that deserve special attention, particularly where two or more institutes or centers can work together to address them.
Finally, Lloyd will contribute to recommendations on proposals supported specifically by the Office of the Director through a trans-NIH research fund.
Lloyd's term begins November 1 and ends in 2014.