Visionary Cistola moving forward
Dr. David Cistola, a doctor twice over with the incredible combination of M.D. as well as Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Biophysics, came to East Carolina University in 2007 to serve as Associate Dean of Research and Professor of Clinical Laboratory Science in the College of Allied Health Sciences as well as Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology in the Brody School of Medicine. In these past five short years, Cistola has brought a vision to both ECU as well as to U.S. military personnel, veterans and their families. He has been the PI, force and visionary behind Operation Re-entry North Carolina (ORNC) a program providing $2.1 million from the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, with plans for $8.4 million more over the following 4 years for a potential total of $10.5 million. ORNC is a program that has at least 10 pilot research projects per year and five core research support components that advance health care and post-deployment support for military service personnel, veterans and their families.
Here is article from ECU’s Alliance magazine on the program: Returning from War
Dr. Cistola kicked off Operation Re-entry upon receipt of his program’s proposal funding in late 2011. The program has been gearing up and is now moving ahead full steam. In late April 2012, Cistola met with Lt. General Mulholland of U.S. Army Special Forces Command, Ft. Bragg, along with Dr. J. Ted Morris to discuss Operation Re-entry. Dr. Cistola is transitioning Operation Re-entry’s PI and leadership responsibilities to Dr. Morris, ECU’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Economic Development. In July, Cistola will become the Vice President of Research at University of North Texas Health Sciences Center.
In addition to developing and launching ORNC, Dr. Cistola has been working on many research endeavors such as engineering breakthrough technology to improve clinical assessment and diagnosis of patients with diabetes and heart disease risk. Along with his own innovations, Cistola also supports engineering as Chair of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) F04 Study Section which reviews fellowship applications in biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry and engineering. Engineering projects are also a part of ORNC. As such, Cistola is the next addition to the ECUE Engineering Leaders List!
Best wishes to Dr. Dave Cistola and his wife Julie as they move forward to create many more visions.