|NCCAM Names Jean H. McKay Director of the Office
of Policy, Planning, and Evaluation
Jean H. McKay, M.L.S. was selected as director for the Office
of Policy, Planning, and Evaluation within the National Center
for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), at the National
Institutes of Health (NIH). Ms. McKay will serve as senior advisor
to NCCAM's director on science, science policy, and other strategic
issues, as well as oversee the planning, evaluation, and reporting
activities for the Center.
Ms. McKay comes to NCCAM from the Division of Allergy, Immunology,
and Transplantation at the National Institutes for Allergy and
Infectious Diseases (NIAID) where she served as the Director of
the Office of Program Planning, Operations, and Scientific Information.
"Ms. McKay is bringing invaluable experience, skill, and knowledge
of NIH to NCCAM’s leadership,” said Ruth L. Kirschstein, NCCAM
Acting Director. “I am looking forward to working with Ms. McKay
who, in this role, will have the opportunity to take a vital role
in the planning and appraisal of the Center's investments across
complementary and alternative medicine research."
Ms. McKay’s career at NIH spans more than 20 years. She has worked
at a number of institutes in addition to NIAID, including the National
Library of Medicine, the National Cancer Institute, and the National
Human Genome Research Institute. She has also worked in the Office
of AIDS and Special Health Issues at the Food and Drug Administration.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine’s
mission is to explore complementary and alternative medical practices
in the context of rigorous science, train CAM researchers, and
disseminate authoritative information to the public and professionals.
For additional information, call NCCAM’s Clearinghouse toll free
at 1-888-644-6226, or visit nccam.nih.gov.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) — The Nation's
Medical Research Agency — includes 27 Institutes and
Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting
and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research,
and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both
common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and
its programs, visit www.nih.gov.