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A. D. Williams Research Advisory


The A. D. Williams Research Advisory Committee serves as an advisory arm of the A. D. Williams Committee.


To promote research and faculty development; to advise the A. D. Williams Committee regarding research issues on the Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia Campus.


The Research Advisory Committee promotes the availability of A. D. Williams funds for the support of research and faculty development; serves as a source of advice for faculty planning to make applications for support; and reviews all applications for support. The reviews are based, in part, upon the application’s potential benefit to the research program of the faculty applicant and its potential for enriching the scholarly environment of the institution. Based on these reviews, the Research Advisory Committee makes recommendations to the A. D. Williams Committee.

Procedures for Appointment

Appointed by the Vice President of Health Sciences upon recommendation of the Deans.

Membership and Term

The Research Advisory Committee consists of three faculty members each from the Schools of Allied Health, Dentistry, Nursing, and Pharmacy; five faculty members from the School of Medicine; one faculty representative from the Department of Biomedical Engineering; and two ex officio members, an Executive Secretary and a Statistical Consultant. Each faculty representative is appointed for a three-year term and they may be asked to serve a second consecutive term. The ex officio members are appointed annually with no preset limit to their terms.


George D. Ford, Ph.D.
Executive Secretary, A. D. Williams Research Advisory Committee
Vice Chair and Professor of Physiology and Biophysics
Phone: 804-828-9501
E-mail: ford@vcu.edu