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Office of the Scientific Director

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Office of the Scientific Director (OSD) is the administrative arm of the Division of Intramural Research (DIR). The OSD fosters and maintains a productive research environment through the effective management, coordination, and prioritization of DIR research activities. This is accomplished by providing overall scientific leadership and by overseeing activities that are central to the successful day-to-day operation of the NIEHS Intramural Research Program.

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In conjunction with the NIEHS Board of Scientific Counselors, the OSD has the primary responsibility for performing regular external reviews of all DIR research programs, ensuring their continued high quality and relevance. The OSD staff, in particular the Scientific Director and Deputy Scientific Directors, serve important liaison roles between NIEHS and other National Institutes of Health (NIH) components by representing the Institute on various NIH-wide committees.

Finally, the OSD promotes activities intended to increase interactions among its scientific staff, through seminar series, retreats, and other programs such as the annual DIR Science Awards Day, which are intended to highlight the Institute's investigators and their research.

Perry J. Blackshear, M.D., D.Phil.
Perry J. Blackshear, M.D., D. Phil.
Acting NIEHS Scientific Director

Tel (919) 541-4899
Fax (919) 541-4611

P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop A2-05
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27709
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Perry J. Blackshear, M.D., D.Phil., is Acting Scientific Director of Intramural Research at NIEHS. He also heads the NIEHS Clinical Research Program and the Polypeptide Hormone Action Group( within the Laboratory of Signal Transduction. He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oxford University in 1974, and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1977. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles in leading biomedical journals, as well as several book chapters. He served as an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Duke University, where he was also a Professor of Medicine and of Biochemistry, before joining NIEHS in 1997.

Scientific and Support Staff

Steve Akiyama, Ph.D.(
Deputy Scientific Director
Tel (919) 541-3467
Fax (919) 541-5465
William T. Schrader, Ph.D.(
Deputy Scientific Director
Tel (919) 541-3433
Fax (919) 541-5465
Joan P. Packenham, Ph.D.
Program Director
Tel (919) 541-0766
Fax (919) 316-4700
Diane M. Klotz, Ph.D.
Tel (919) 541-3344
Fax (919) 541-5465
Joel Abramowitz, Ph.D.
Special Assistant
Tel (919) 541-4892
Fax (919) 541-4214
Deborah L. Wilson
Administrative Assistant
Tel (919) 541-3205
Fax (919) 541-4214
Gail Kestner
Assistant for Clinical Affairs
Tel (919) 541-4899
Fax (919) 541-4571
Barbara A. Morse
Administrative Specialist
Tel (919) 541-3206
Fax (919) 541-5465

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