publication date: Sep. 15, 2017
Conversation with The Cancer Letter
The Next Step: Neil Hayes picks up stakes at UNC to build an NCI-designated cancer program in Memphis
Scientific director, University of Tennessee West Institute for Cancer Research.
The Next Step is an occasional series of conversations in which The Cancer Letter will focus on cancer researchers in the midst of transition from one position to another.
Here we sit down with Neil Hayes, who after 15 years at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, where he was most recently a co leader of the Clinical Research Program, is leaving for Memphis to become the scientific director of the University of Tennessee West Institute for Cancer Research.
He will be the Van Vleet Endowed Professor in Medical Oncology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, with appointments at the Department of Medicine and the Department of Genetics, Genomics, and Informatics and the Department of Preventive Medicine in the College of Medicine of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
His recruitment was a part of a collaboration between UT and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
“As I zeroed in on my decision, I ultimately had an epiphany,” Hayes said in a conversation with The Cancer Letter. “The mentors at UNC who created such an incredible institution for me at Chapel Hill—Joe Pagano, Shelley Earp, Gene Orringer, and others—had actually made the same decision I was in the process of making. They came to UNC less than a generation after the … Continue reading The Next Step: Neil Hayes picks up stakes at UNC to build an NCI-designated cancer program in Memphis
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