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Taunton Paine, MA

Division Director
Scientific Data Sharing Policy

Taunton Paine is the Director of the Scientific Data Sharing Policy Division.  Taunton leads a team responsible for a broad array of issues relating to data sharing and access, including the NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing, and the NIH Genomic Data Sharing Policy.  Taunton also works with other NIH senior leaders in identifying scientific data sharing issues that require trans-NIH coordination.  Before becoming director of the division, Taunton led the clinical research policy team within the OSP Division of Clinical Research and Healthcare Policy.  While there, he advised NIH leadership on matters related to the Common Rule, Certificates of Confidentiality, HIPAA, and other privacy and human participant protections issues.  Taunton began his OSP career in 2011 and first worked on issues relating to biosecurity and dual use research of concern. He holds a dual master’s degree from Columbia University and London School of Economics and Political Science, where he studied the history of international relations.