HEAL Data Ecosystem Collective Board

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The NIH HEAL Initiative® established a Collective Board, with rotating members from various HEAL studies, in January 2022 to guide the overall strategy and direction of the HEAL Data Ecosystem. The HEAL Data Ecosystem Collective Board will provide a close connection between Ecosystem activities and the NIH HEAL Initiative research community. The Board is made up of individual HEAL investigators and researchers and is representative of the scientific topic areas and diverse data needs across HEAL.


The Collective Board guides the strategy and direction of the HEAL Data Ecosystem to develop methods and norms, cultivate a culture of sharing, and maximize collaboration to enable translational discoveries directly benefiting patients in the opioid use disorder and pain communities. 

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Provide NIH HEAL Initiative leadership with recommendations and feedback from diverse HEAL research communities. 

  • Escalate issues and opportunities with broad potential impact to the HEAL Data Ecosystem. 

  • Evaluate and disseminate resources developed by the Stewards and Platform. 

  • Prioritize outreach and development activities of the Platform and Stewards.  

Collective Board members serve as an invaluable resource to the HEAL Data Ecosystem. Their knowledge and experience will help guide decisions and future directions of the Ecosystem and the NIH HEAL Initiative as a whole. 

Current Members

  • Meredith Adams, Wake Forest School of Medicine (Co-chair)
  • Kevin Anstrom, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Carla Bann, RTI International 
  • Maria Chao, University of California, San Francisco
  • Mike Dean, University of Utah School of Medicine 
  • Nia Fogelman, Yale Stress Center
  • Georgene Hergenroeder, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  • Jesse Hsu, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
  • Steve Johnson, New York University Grossman School of Medicine 
  • Charlie Knott, RTI International 
  • Martin Lindquist, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • David Luo, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
  • Rosemarie Martin, Brown University 
  • Pilar Ossorio, University of Wisconsin‒Madison 
  • Ty Ridenour, RTI International 
  • Abeed Sarker, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Chelsea Shover, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

Learn more about this effort and read current and past Collective Board members’ biographies.