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At a town hall meeting Apr. 22, NIH director Dr. Francis Collins (l) and Clinical Center director Dr. John Gallin hear employee concerns following release of “Red Team” report on the hospital.

New Oversight Coming to Clinical Center, Intramural Research

Sometimes, hospitals themselves have to take medicine. That was the conclusion of a working group of the advisory committee to the NIH director whose 11 recommendations about Clinical Center management...Read more

Dr. Rosalind Picard

In Farewell Visit, Longtime NIH Champion Mikulski Vows Continued Support

Perhaps no lawmaker has packed a more powerful punch...Read more

Dr. Peter Ubel

How Doctors Can Embolden Patients to Choose the Right Treatment

Does doctor always know best? Patients often ask their doctor...Read more



Animation demonstrating a model of autophagosome formation.
ON THE COVER: Bubonic plague bacteria on spines in the digestive system of a rat flea


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OMS’s Jackson Helps Save Neighbor’s Life

Gary Jackson

Back during January’s blizzard, Gary Jackson, a nurse for 40 years who has spent the last 3 years at NIH’s Occupational Medical Service in Bldg. 10, just wanted to relax and warm up after shoveling his walk in Kensington.

He had just sat down to rest and was contemplating braving the storm to visit his wife, who was briefly hospitalized at Suburban Hospital, when a knock came at the door.

Zerhouni To Be 15th NIH Director

Gary Jackson

Dr. Elias Zerhouni (pronounced eh-LEE-as zer-HOO-nee) was confirmed, by unanimous voice vote of the full U.S. Senate on May 2, to become 15th director of the National Institutes of Health.

Two days earlier, at a 75-minute confirmation hearing before the Senate committee on health, education, labor, and pensions chaired by Sen. Ted Kennedy (which also voted unanimously to confirm), Zerhouni offered a preliminary vision of his plans for NIH, which include relying not only on the creative spark of the individual scientist, but also on a "new science" approach emphasizing multidisciplinary teams working in concert.

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