In September, Stephen J. Chanock, M.D., hosted his first Town Hall Meeting as Director of DCEG. Staff across the Division attended the meeting to hear Dr. Chanock’s remarks and to discuss future directions in an open environment.
During the meeting, Dr. Chanock shared with attendees his professional background, his goals as DCEG Director, and his vision for the future of the Division (for more information, see the article “Stephen Chanock Appointed as New Director of DCEG”). In addition, he praised former Director Joseph F. Fraumeni, Jr., M.D., now serving as senior investigator and advisor to NCI, for his decades of leadership and scientific accomplishments.
Dr. Chanock also honored Margaret A. Tucker, M.D., Director of the Human Genetics Program and Acting Chief of the Laboratory of Translational Genomics, and Robert N. Hoover, M.D., Sc.D., Director of the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program, for their exceptional service to DCEG. Dr. Tucker was recognized for her “dedication and leadership while serving as Acting Director of DCEG,” and Dr. Hoover was recognized for his “dedication and leadership while serving as Executive Advisor to DCEG during its transition of leadership.”
The meeting concluded with a question-and-answer session. Several staff members discussed the need for both internal and external collaborations. “The role of Director is critical in making connections not only within DCEG but across the NIH and beyond,” Dr. Chanock said. Other topics included the scientific review process for new projects, data management, investing in emerging technologies, and establishing new studies.
Dr. Chanock plans to hold Town Hall Meetings on a regular basis twice a year.