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Betsy Myers, Ph.D.

Program Director for Medical Research

Betsy Myers is program director for medical research at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, where she oversees a research portfolio of approximately $70 million in active grants. 

Myers joined the foundation in 2005 and was appointed program director for medical research in 2010. She is chair of the Board of Directors of the Health Research Alliance and recently participated in the following committees: the Institute of Medicine Forum on Drug Discovery, Development, and Translation; the Advisory Board of the Clinical Research Training Institute of the American Society of Hematology; the Initiative for Women in Science and Engineering Working Group; the Working Group on Ethics Guidelines for Global Health Training; an IOM planning meeting for the Responsible Sharing of Clinical Research Data; FASEB’s Sustaining Discovery in Biological and Medical Sciences Roundtable, and as an ad-hoc member of NIH study sections.

Before joining the foundation, Myers spent two decades as a researcher in academic medical centers. She received a Bachelor of Science from Duke University and a doctorate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She held academic appointments as instructor and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School from 1990-1998 and associate professor at Weill Medical College of Cornell University from 1999-2005.