In making the announcement, Dr. Varmus noted, " Dr. Battey is a skillful and energetic leader who will
bring the finest scientists to the challenges of human communication research. As acting director, he has
already been at work on a new strategic planning process designed to include both extramural and
internal advice for identifying areas of opportunity in both basic and clinical research. I am pleased he is going to be able to
continue this effort."
In 1995, Dr. Battey was named and continues to be the Director of the Division of Intramural Research for the NIDCD until a
national search for a new Director of the Division of Intramural Research is successfully completed. As the Institute's Scientific
Director, he has encouraged and overseen an emerging program studying the molecular genetics of diseases and disorders of
human communication affecting more than 46 million Americans. Under his leadership, there has been a restructuring of
intramural clinical research and the development of significant laboratories and staff for the study of many diseases and
disorders including otitis media, several forms of hereditary hearing impairment, stuttering, and autism, as well as the creation of
a new laboratory of chemosensory research.
"Human communication research has at this moment more possibilities for productive exploration than at any other time in
history. Standing on the solid foundation of the investigations conducted over the past decades and the exciting potential of new
tools and new teams of scientists, we will continue to pursue the challenge of understanding normal and disordered processes
of human communication. I am grateful for this appointment and look forward to working shoulder-to-shoulder with the
scientific community, the public and with the creative and dedicated NIDCD staff as we remain attentive to the needs of the 46
million Americans who are challenged by diseases and disorders of human communication," said Dr. Battey.
Dr. Battey began his education at the California Institute of Technology, where he earned a B.S. degree with honors in physics.
He earned his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at Stanford University, where he pursued residency training in pediatrics. His
postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School was under the direction of the eminent scientist, Dr. Philip Leder.
Dr. Battey has served the NIH since 1983, first on the staff of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), followed by an
appointment as the chief of the Molecular Neuroscience Section in the Laboratory of Neurochemistry, National Institute of
Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). He returned to the NCI in 1992 to head the Molecular Structure Section of the
Laboratory of Biological Chemistry.
The Public Health Service has honored Dr. Battey with both its Public Health Service Commendation Medal in 1990 and the
Public Health Service Outstanding Service Medal in 1994. Dr. Battey also serves as an adjunct professor at the George
Washington University School of Medicine. He is author or co-author of over 120 research articles and is co-author with
Leonard Davis and Michael Kuehl of Basic Methods in Molecular Biology now in its second edition.
The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders is one of 18 institutes of the National Institutes of