Geoff Spencer joined the NCATS Communications Branch in February 2012. His primary responsibilities include strategic communications and media relations for the Center’s Division of Pre-Clinical Innovation. In this role, he produces content for news releases, social media and the NCATS website. Spencer joined NIH in 1999 as a public affairs assistant for the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), where he was the primary media relations contact for the Institute and its director, Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., at the height of the Human Genome Project. Eventually becoming the associate director of communications for the Division of Extramural Research, Spencer was responsible for promoting more than 20 projects that followed the completion of the Human Genome Project, including The Cancer Genome Atlas, the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements, the 1000 Genomes Project, the NHGRI Large-Scale Genome Sequencing Program, and the Advanced DNA Sequencing Technology Program.
Spencer earned a bachelor’s degree in communication arts in 1999 from Salisbury University. He also served in the U.S. Army from 1991 to 1995, achieving the rank of specialist.
Spencer believes that disseminating the results of NIH’s research to the public is critical to enhancing health, lengthening lifespans, and reducing illness and disability. By working to tell the story of NCATS scientists, Spencer provides a way for more people to understand how health interventions are developed. His efforts support NCATS’ mission to bring more treatments to more patients more quickly.