Brenda R. Hanning serves as the Deputy Director, Liaison & Training, in the Office of the Scientific Director (OSD), Division of Intramural Research, NICHD. She contributes to the management of the OSD and works closely with the Scientific Director on a range of responsibilities that includes the Board of Scientific Counselors and Tenure and Promotion Committee, among others. Ms. Hanning joined NICHD in 2004 to create the institute’s Office of Education, for which she continues to hold primary responsibility. In NICHD, she supports the needs of intramural scientists, fellows, and students at all levels as they relate to training, through: recruitment and development of academic support programs; maintenance of accreditation; contributions to mentoring, evaluation, and career guidance; and creation of new training initiatives. Additional areas of her involvement include international exchanges for the training of graduate students, networking among fellows and alumni, grantsmanship and the enhancement of fellows’ competitiveness for awards, as well as support of new tenure-track investigators.
Prior to joining NICHD, Ms. Hanning served as acting director of the NIH Office of Education (OIR/OD), from 1999-2004. Before coming to Maryland, she managed medical education and physician relations in the Department of Pediatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine. She has worked in higher education administration for her entire career, with a particular focus on student affairs and international education, at Smith College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and York University, Toronto. She has an undergraduate degree in French literature and a master's degree in English literature, both earned in Canada. In addition, she was a copyeditor for several academic presses in the U.S.