UAMS’ Nick Named to NIH Scientific Review Panel

By Jon Parham

Nick was recently named the director of biostatistics in the Department of Pediatrics of the UAMS College of Medicine. On July 1, he will begin a four-year term on the Kidney, Nutrition, Obesity and Diabetes Study Section of the NIH’s Center for Scientific Review. This study section reviews applications concerned with descriptive and analytic epidemiology as well as genetics of kidney disease, obesity, diabetes, gastro-intestinal conditions,and  environmental and nutritional influences on health outcomes.

He previously served as a professor of pediatrics of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He worked in the Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Prior to that he was a professor of health sciences in the School of Health Related Professions at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., with a joint appointment in the Division of Biostatistics in the Department of Preventive Medicine of the university’s School of Medicine.

Nick is chair-elect of the American Statistical Association’s Section on Statistical Consulting and is a past chairman of the Section on Teaching Statistics in the Health Sciences. He is also a member of the International Biometric Society and currently serves on the editorial board for the medical journal titled “Pharmacogenetics and Genomics.” He also serves on data and safety monitoring boards for NIH-sponsored trials.

He earned his doctorate in biometry in 1992 from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. He received a bachelor’s degree in zoology in 1987 from LSU.

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a new 540,000-square-foot hospital, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has 2,652 students and 733 medical residents. Its centers of excellence include the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute and the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including nearly 1,150 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. Visit or