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Gets Tour of His New Laboratory Building
Photos By Rich McManus
John Edward Porter, the former congressman from Illinois who used to chair the House appropriations subcommittee overseeing the NIH budget, got a special VIP tour on Apr. 2 of the new John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center under construction on the southwest side of the NIH campus.
His tour guides were NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni; Robert McDonald, project director; and the directors of three institutes whose scientists will inhabit the new facility: Dr. James Battey, Jr. of NIDCD; Dr. Thomas Insel of NIMH; and Dr. Story Landis of NINDS.
Also on hand were NIH deputy director Dr. Raynard Kington, NIH deputy director for intramural research Dr. Michael Gottesman, project architect Rafael Viñoly and several intramural scientists who joined the tour and explained some of the building's finer points.
"There's not only plasticity in the nervous system," noted Landis, "but also in this building." Porter was impressed with the facility and relished the orientation. He was also happy to hear the input of NINDS intramural scientists Kenneth Fischbeck, Jeff Diamond and NIMH's Heather Cameron, who will have lab "pods" in the building.
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