Israeli Minister of Health, Ambassador Visit
Israeli Minister of Health Yakov Litzman and Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer visited NIH on Jan. 4, following a memorandum of understanding signing with HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell. The MOU emphasized increased cooperation in the fields of health, medicine and science.
While at NIH, Litzman and Dermer and their delegation met with NIH senior leadership, including NIH director Dr. Francis Collins, principal deputy director Dr. Lawrence Tabak, deputy director for intramural research Dr. Michael Gottesman and deputy director for extramural research Dr. Michael Lauer. Later, the group toured the Clinical Research Center and visited a patient unit with Dr. William Gahl, director of the NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Program.
Rounding out the afternoon, the group met with NCI leaders, including acting director Dr. Doug Lowy, and attended a Q&A session with Israeli scientists who discussed the importance of NIH, its contribution to health and research in the U.S. and the possibilities of building a similar institution in Israel.