Dr. Antonio Scarpa

Dr. Antonio Scarpa, renowed scientist and former Director of the NIH Center for Scientific Review, has agreed to provide workshops1 designed to help faculty enhance research proposals directed to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), or other agencies.

Dr. Antonio Scarpa served as a Director of the Center for Scientific Review (CSR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) between 2005 and 2011. CSR organizes the peer review groups that evaluate the majority of grant applications submitted to the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Scarpa played a significant role helping NIH to design and implement the first major changes to NIH peer review in 65 years. Between 1983 and 2003 he served as a permanent member of three NIH peer review committees as well as a member of peer review committees for the American Heart Association.

Dr. Scarpa came to NIH from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, where he was the David and Inez Myers professor and chair of the Department of Physiology. He oversaw the development of a small physiology and biophysics department into one now ranked among the best in the country. His research there was focused on the cellular and molecular ranked among the best in the country. His research  there was focused on the cellular and molecular consequences induced by transport. His studies were supported by grants from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive  and Kidney Diseases, as well as the American Heart Association.

Dr. Scarpa has more than 230 peer-reviewed journal publications and has edited or co-edited 9 books or special journal supplements. He has been an officer or board member of many scientific societies, including The Biophysical Society, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, and the Association of American Medical Colleges. Over the years, Scarpa also has served on the editorial boards of 13 scientific journals and served as editor or co-editor for 5 journals. As CSR Director, he made more than 800 presentations in US to faculty, administrators of universities, hospitals and research centers, as well as professional societies.

Dr. Scarpa received his MD and PhD (Libera Docenza) in general pathology from the University of Padua School of Medicine, and he  conducted postdoctoral studies at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands, and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Scarpa continued his research and academic career for 17 years at the University of Pennsylvania before moving to Case Western Reserve in 1986.

1The workshop offering dates will be in response to faculty needs. If you are interested, or have any questions, please contact Joy Yard in the Office of Research at or 216.687.9364.