Jane Atkinson is the director of the Trial Innovation Network in the NCATS Division of Clinical Innovation. The Trial Innovation Network is a collaborative initiative within NCATS’ Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program and is composed of three key organizational partners: the Trial Innovation Centers, the Recruitment Innovation Center and the CTSA Program hubs. Prior to joining NCATS in December 2017, Atkinson held several positions at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). She started as a clinical research fellow in the NIDCR Intramural Program, eventually becoming an associate or principal investigator for several studies of individuals with salivary gland dysfunction or oral mucosal diseases. She was also a staff dentist at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center. From 2000 to 2004, Atkinson served as professor and assistant dean for clinical affairs at the University of Maryland’s Baltimore College of Dental Surgery. In 2004, she returned to the NIDCR Intramural Program as deputy clinical director and moved to the Division of Extramural Research to serve as the director of clinical research from 2008 to 2017.
Atkinson has served on several trans-NIH committees, including the NIH Clinical Trials Stewardship Working Group, the NIH Inclusion Governance Committee and the All of Us NIH Liaisons Coordination Team.
Atkinson received her D.D.S. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Atkinson’s research interests focus on improving the quality of clinical trials, Sjögren’s syndrome, the oral health of cancer patients and the oral manifestations of rare genetic diseases.