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Staff Profile: Pamela McInnes

Pamela M. McInnes, D.D.S., M.Sc.(Dent.)

Deputy Director

Office of the Director

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

National Institutes of Health

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Pamela McInnes is the deputy director of NCATS. She came to the Center with more than 25 years of NIH experience, including knowledge and expertise in clinical and translational research, extramural research management, and trans-NIH collaborations and public-private partnerships.

Prior to joining NCATS, McInnes served as director of the Division of Extramural Research at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). There, she was responsible for all of the Institute’s extramural research, which ranges from basic through clinical studies, including large and complex clinical and population-based trials. Prior to her time at NIDCR, McInnes spent 16 years at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), where she served in many capacities, including as deputy director for the Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. In addition, she led the reorganization and oversight of NIAID’s complex and diverse Divisional Clinical Research Program as well as the scientific design and programmatic implementation of a Challenge Grant Program promoting joint ventures among NIH and biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

McInnes first joined NIH in 1989 as a grants associate in the Office of Extramural Programs in the Office of the Director. Before coming to NIH, she served in academic roles at Louisiana State University Medical Center, New Orleans. McInnes earned her D.D.S. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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McInnes is committed to the conduct of clinical trials that adhere to the highest standards for human subjects protection and data quality. Her work in translational sciences has led to several product development and clinical evaluation programs, and she actively collaborates with the broader extramural research community on efforts to improve health.