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Journal Posts Article on Origin of NIH Grants

Dr. Edward Tabor

Dr. Edward Tabor

An article detailing the birth of NIH’s Extramural Research Program, which accounts for more than 84% of the agency’s annual budget, was recently published by the online journal Hektoen International. In “Origins of NIH Medical Research Grants,” author Dr. Edward Tabor, a former associate director at the National Cancer Institute, describes how and why NIH began funding biomedical science conducted outside the organization, and formation of the earliest peer review system.

Hektoen International was founded in 2008 by the nonprofit Hektoen Institute of Medicine with the goal of “bringing culture into medicine and exposing health care professionals to art, ethics, literature, history, anthropology, literature, philosophy, religion and sociology,” according to the journal’s website. Readers include physicians, nurses, administrators and pharmacists in most countries of the world, primarily the United States, England and Australia, and also other parts of Europe, Russia, Asia and Africa.

Tabor, who formerly served as head of the Biological Carcinogenesis Program in NCI’s Division of Cancer Etiology, is a scientist and author with more than 300 publications on viral hepatitis, liver cancer, pharmaceutical regulatory affairs and medical history.

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