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Appendix B: The NIDCD 2017-2021 Strategic Plan: The Process

In the fall of 2015, NIDCD’s Science Policy and Planning Branch (SPPB) began the process of updating the current NIDCD Strategic Plan for research, which was expiring in 2016. SPPB took the following steps to update the previous strategic plan: 

  1. Established a Scientific Expert Working Group: In January 2016, the NIDCD identified and invited 12 outside scientific experts to serve on the Working Group to update the NIDCD Strategic Plan. The experts represented NIDCD’s mission areas (Hearing and Balance; Taste and Smell; Voice, Speech, and Language). A roster of the Working Group is below. NIDCD staff also selected a working group chairperson, who is a current NDCD Advisory Council member, and will serve as Council Liaison. SPPB and other NIDCD staff served as resource persons.
  2. Convened Scientific Expert Working Group via Teleconference: The Working Group held its first conference call in February 2016. SPPB hosted separate working group teleconferences for each of the three main program areas in March 2016. Prior to the teleconferences, working group participants received instructions (including a current NIDCD portfolio analysis, templates with the previous science advances and scientific objectives, and roster/contact information of working group members and NIDCD staff). The Working Group discussed scientific advances that they considered suitable and identified areas of outstanding opportunity and unmet need within their areas of expertise.
  3. Face to Face Working Group Meeting: The Working Group met in Bethesda, Maryland, at the NIDCD to finalize the draft science advances and research objectives in May 2016.
  4. Presentation to NDCD Advisory Council: Dr. Charles Liberman, chair of the Working Group, presented the Working Group’s recommendations for research objectives in all three program areas of the NIDCD Plan at the May 20, 2016, meeting. Council members had the opportunity to comment on the draft objectives. In June 2016, the NIDCD SPPB sent the first draft of the Plan to Council for review and comment. At the September 2016 NDCD Advisory Council meeting, NIDCD staff announced that the draft Plan would be made available for public comment.
  5. Solicited Public Comments: The draft Plan was made available for a 30-day Public Comment Period on the NIDCD website in the fall of 2016. To announce the public comment period, the NIDCD published the Notice (NOT-DC-16-006) in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts on September 1, 2016. The NIDCD also published a Notice in the Federal Register on September 1, 2016. The NIDCD received 224 comments from the public.
  6. Finalized and Posted the Plan on the NIDCD Website: Once appropriate Public Comments were incorporated into the draft approved by NIDCD staff, SPPB finalized the Plan and published it on the NIDCD website in early 2017.

Working Group Roster

Hearing and Balance

Members Members

M. Charles Liberman, Ph.D. (Chair)
Director, Eaton-Peabody Laboratories
Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Andrew K. Groves, Ph.D.
Professor and Co-Director, Program in Developmental Biology
Departments of Neuroscience and Molecular and Human Genetics
Baylor College of Medicine

Jian-Dong Li, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Director, Institute for Biomedical Sciences
Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar
Georgia State University

Jay T. Rubinstein, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Director, Department of Otolaryngology
Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center
University of Washington

Christoph E. Schreiner, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Vice Chairman of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Kavli Neuroscience Center
University of California San Francisco

Richard J. Smith, M.D.
Professor and Director, Iowa Institute of Human Genetics, Department of Otolaryngology
University of Iowa

Debara L. Tucci, M.D.
Professor of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Duke University Medical Center

Taste and Smell

Members Members

Sue C. Kinnamon, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Otolaryngology
University of Colorado, Denver

Donald A. Wilson, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist and Deputy Director, Emotional Brain Institute
New York University School of Medicine

Voice, Speech, and Language

Members Members

Diane M. Bless, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Departments of Communicative Disorders and Surgery
University of Wisconsin - Madison
School of Medicine and Public Health

Kristina Simonyan, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Neurology and Otolaryngology
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Helen Tager-Flusberg, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychology
Boston University

NIDCD Staff Participants

Participants Participants

James F. Battey, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.
Kathy Bainbridge, Ph.D.
Laura Cole, Ph.D.
Judith Cooper, Ph.D.
Janet Cyr, Ph.D.
Amy Donahue, Ph.D.
Nancy Freeman, Ph.D.
Andrew Griffith, M.D., Ph.D.
Steven Hirschfeld, M.D.
Howard Hoffman, M.A.
Craig Jordan, Ph.D.
Lisa Kennedy, Ph.D.

Chuan-Ming Li, Ph.D.
Roger Miller, Ph.D.
Geri Piazza, M.A.
Christopher Platt, Ph.D.
Amy Poremba, Ph.D.
Alberto Rivera-Rentas, Ph.D.
Elka Scordalakes, Ph.D.
Lana Shekim, Ph.D.
Susan Sullivan, Ph.D.
Bracie Watson, Ph.D.
Ginger Webb, M.S.
Baldwin Wong, B.S.

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Last Updated Date: 
January 27, 2017