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A Grantee for 22 Years
Hayward Joins NCRR as Associate Director

By Robert J. Schneider, Jr.

After more than two decades of performing clinical research supported by NIH grants, Dr. Anthony R. Hayward has come full circle; he has accepted the position of associate director of clinical research at the National Center for Research Resources. He comes to NCRR from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, where he has been professor of pediatrics, microbiology, and immunology and associate director of the university's pediatric General Clinical Research Center.

"My laboratory research and training programs have been funded by NIH extramural programs for 22 years," he said. "So, my move to the NCRR comes as a logical progression towards the core of medical research activity in the U.S."

Dr. Anthony R. Hayward

Hayward will direct several extramural grant programs that support national networks of General Clinical Research Centers, National Gene Vector Laboratories, and new Human Islet Cell Resource Centers, along with clinical research career development programs for physicians and dentists.

Hayward's interest and experience in medicine spans virtually his entire life. "I'd decided on a career in medical research while I was still in high school," he said. "At medical school, we had two Nobel prize winners amongst our teachers." Human understanding of host defenses, and how they required different arms of the immune system, was evolving rapidly at the time Hayward finished his first residency; so, he left pathology and moved to pediatrics.

"I spent 8 years at the Institute of Child Health and the Hospital for Sick Children in London. This dedicated research environment gave me the opportunity to share in the recognition of new primary immunodeficiency diseases and to meet pediatricians from the U.S. who were breaking new ground." In 1976, Hayward spent 18 months on sabbatical in Birmingham, Alabama, where he learned how basic science research could be dovetailed with clinical studies. "It was on this sabbatical that I first cared for a patient in an NIH-supported GCRC."

Hayward received his medical degree from the University College, London, and a Ph.D. from the University of London. He has received many NIH grants, served on NIH initial review groups, published extensively in many peer-reviewed journals, and received numerous special recognitions and honors.

Among his scientific accomplishments, he first described leukocyte adhesion molecule deficiency as a blood disease; he also first identified a new form of severe combined immunodeficiency in the Navajo Indian population.

"He is an internationally recognized investigator with strong leadership skills," said Dr. Judith Vaitukaitis, NCRR director. "I anticipate his working closely with the scientific community to better position clinical investigators to take advantage of unprecedented research tools and technologies. This will lead to more effective prevention strategies, diagnostic tools and therapies for many diseases that currently have no effective treatments. He is ideally suited to this position."

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