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Hispanic Heritage Month Recognizes Directors Volkow, Pérez-Stable

Dr. Nora Volkow
Honoree Dr. Nora Volkow

NIH is commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15-Oct. 18 with the theme “Hispanics: One Endless Voice to Enhance Our Traditions.” This year’s theme will allow Americans to reflect on countless ways in which Hispanics and Latino Americans contribute to the nation’s successes through arts and humanities, innovation and entrepreneurship and science and engineering.

During the month-long celebration, NIH honors two institute directors of Hispanic and Latino heritage who have set a standard of leadership, innovation and excellence in the biomedical research community that is recognized internationally. Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, has helped change the way the world views addiction and its mechanisms by using imaging technologies to study the brains of people with substance use disorders.

Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable
Honoree Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable

NIH is also recognizing Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable, director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, for focusing on improving the health of racial and ethnic minorities and underserved populations through direct patient care, education and science including the promotion of diversity in the biomedical research workforce.

The month is also a reminder that Hispanic and Latino culture has contributed immeasurably to our celebrated diversity well beyond scientific institutions, enriching all areas of American life. For more information, visit and learn more about this year’s Hispanic Heritage campaign.

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