Gray to Lead NCI Extramural Activities
Dr. Paulette S. Gray was recently named director of NCI's Division of Extramural Activities (DEA). She has served as acting division director since 2003 and as deputy director since 1994. As director, Dr. Gray will be responsible for the scientific, fiscal, and administrative management of the office, as well as strategic planning, development, implementation, and evaluation.
DEA coordinates all NCI extramural programs and grants, provides scientific peer review and oversight of extramural research, and coordinates and administers advisory activities related to the NCI mission. It also establishes and disseminates extramural policies and procedures and tracks the NCI research portfolio.
Dr. Gray earned her B.S. in biology from Tuskegee University and later received her M.S. in mycology and Ph.D. in cellular and developmental biology from Atlanta University. She was a Josiah Macy Jr. Fellow at Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory and a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Kaiserslautern in Germany. Dr. Gray joined NCI in 1984 and has held a number of administrative positions at NCI as well as senior advisory posts at HHS.
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NCI Launches C-GEMS Project
C-GEMS represents a resource for the strategic partnerships between intramural and extramural groups that are joining forces to incorporate genomic and other emerging technologies in large-scale epidemiologic studies (NCI Cancer Bulletin, February 24, 2004).
The 3-year project will leverage a series of current intramural and extramural resources - including component studies of the Cohort Consortium, NCI's core genotyping capabilities, and caBIG - at an estimated cost of approximately $14 million. The overall project goal is to accelerate the discovery of susceptibility or modifier genes in these cancers through this collaborative network. The project will be coordinated by Drs. Stephen Chanock and Robert Hoover, along with Dr. David Hunter, an NCI Eminent Scholar. A distinguished panel of extramural scientists is being convened to provide guidance and evaluation.
A key goal of C-GEMS is rapid dissemination of results to the scientific community. The detection of linkage from genome scans will need to be followed by fine mapping and candidate gene inclusion/exclusion studies. For this purpose, the datasets will be made quickly available via caBIG to the entire research community.
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