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Clinical Center Hosts Fiftieth Anniversary Program, July 9

A program for patients and staff celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Clinical Center will be held Wednesday, July 9 at 1 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

The ceremony will include remarks by NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni; Dr. Stephen Katz, director, NIAMS; Jerry Sachs, member of the Clinical Center's patient advisory group; Howard Drew, long-time CC blood donor; and Julie Kohn, CC nurse. Dr. Harvey Alter, chief, infectious diseases section, and associate director of research for the department of transfusion medicine, will provide reflections on his years at the Clinical Center, and CC director Dr. John Gallin will discuss the research advances of the past 50 years. The program will end with "Bench to Bedside and Back," a fiftieth anniversary video presentation.

A reception on the south grounds of the CC will immediately follow the program. All guests, patients and staff are invited. Poster presentations depicting the history of each CC department will be displayed on the first floor of the hospital.

The program is one of several fiftieth anniversary events planned for the coming year. A scientific symposium will be held on Oct. 14, and a special Grand Rounds series begins in September. The events will culminate with the opening of the Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center next summer. For more information visit

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