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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

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Paulette S. Gray to Head National Cancer Institute Division of Extramural Activities

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) today announced the appointment of Paulette S. Gray, Ph.D., as director of the Division of Extramural Activities, effective April 17. Gray has served as the acting director and deputy director of the Division of Extramural Activities since 2003, and as the deputy director for the division since 1997.

As the director of the Division of Extramural Activities, Gray will be responsible for the overall scientific, fiscal, and administrative management of the office, including broad strategic planning, development, implementation and evaluation. The Division of Extramural Activities coordinates all NCI extramural programs and grants by providing guidance to potential grant applicants, providing peer review and oversight of extramural research, coordinating advisory organizations, including the National Cancer Advisory Board and the Board of Scientific Advisors, and establishing policies and procedures for extramural research, research integrity, and grant applications. In her leadership role, Gray will be responsible for the oversight of the more than 7,000 awards in NCI's extramural research portfolio.

Gray brings extensive peer review and grants oversight experience to her new position. Gray came to NCI in 1984 as the first special review officer with the Division of Extramural Activities. She then held positions as a health scientist administrator; as the first chief of the Review Logistics Branch (now the Special Review and Resources Branch); and as the division's first associate director for extramural applications. She also has held senior advisory positions with the Department of Health and Human Services.

Gray received a B.S. in biology from Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Ala. She later received an M.S. in mycology and a Ph.D. in cellular and developmental biology from Atlanta University in Atlanta, Ga. She completed postdoctoral studies as a Josiah Macy Jr. Fellow at Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass., and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Kaiserlautern in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Gray is particularly interested in the participation of women and minorities in all aspects of cancer research, as both investigators and enrollees in clinical cancer research. Gray also is committed to continued improvement in the management and administration of extramural programs, from their initial conception through their announcement, application, and disbursement. She has worked throughout her tenure at the Division of Extramural Activities to transition information and materials into the most current and accessible electronic formats in order to better serve the institute, division and grantees.

"Dr. Gray is an excellent person for this position," said NCI Director Andrew C. von Eschenbach, M.D. "Her expertise with all aspects of our extramural programs and grants makes her a valuable leader of the Division of Extramural Activities, and I am glad to have her as a member of our senior leadership team."

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