The Department would like to recognize Louise Henderson, PhD, for her November 2019 appointment as Director of Basic Science Faculty Development. UNC Radiology’s appointment of Dr. Henderson to a newly created post is part of a leadership reorganization process that invests heavily in clinical and basic science faculty oversight.
Dr. Henderson’s nine years of directing the Carolina Mammography Registry (Director) and Epidemiology Research Division (Director) prepare her well to take on a high-level decision-making role tied to all basic science faculty. In her faculty development duties, Dr. Henderson works closely with Vice Chair of Basic Research Dr. Weili Lin on recruiting, retaining and guiding top-tier, imaging-focused basic scientists through the promotions process.
Drs. Henderson and Lin also assist emerging faculty with assessing areas of need and pursuing related investigative, collaborative and funding opportunities. An established cancer screening scholar, Henderson’s own early career experience presents UNC Radiology’s emerging basic science faculty with a model for working toward young investigator training and development awards. In 2014, Dr. Henderson was selected as a UNC School of Medicine Academic Career Leadership Academy in Medicine (ACCLAIM) Program Scholar. In 2018, Dr. Henderson was one of three UNC early-career scientists named a Yang Family Biomedical Scholar. This annual award funded Dr. Henderson to pursue novel research in her nationally recognized area of expertise.
UNC Radiology Vice Chair of Basic Research Weili Lin, PhD, stated: “Providing mentorship to our junior faculty to help them navigate throughout different stages of their academic careers has been one of the critical missions of the department. We are excited that Dr. Henderson will take on this important role to formalize and formulate faculty development for our department.”