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NCI Web Site Earns 'Freddie'

NCI was recently presented with a "Freddie Award" for its redesigned web site at Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach, NCI director, and Nelvis Castro, acting director of communications, accepted the award at the 30th annual Freddie Awards, held in New York City.

The Freddies, also known as the International Health and Medical Media Awards, were established to bring together the fields of medical science, education and the arts for an international competition devoted to educational health and medical productions. The awards have come to be known as "the Oscars of the health and medical community."

The award ceremony was hosted by Dr. Mark Morocco, medical supervisor and consultant to ER and other medicine-related television shows. Morocco called NCI's online home "an amazing web site" and lauded its contributions to the health of people around the world.

"I am extremely proud of NCI and the Office of Communications," said von Eschenbach. Castro shared the sentiment, noting the many people who worked hard to redesign the web site.

In addition to NCI's site, awardees this year included the World Health Organization's The Mystery Disease, a documentary that examines a devastating skin disease in numerous African countries, and HBO's Something the Lord Made, the Emmy Award-winning film based on the true story of a prominent surgeon and an African-American carpenter who together pioneered the field of cardiac surgery.

Special honors were given to Marlo Thomas, national outreach director for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; Dr. Rene Rodriguez, founder and president of the Interamerican College of Physicians & Surgeons; Dr. Timothy Johnson, medical editor for Good Morning America and ABC News; and the late Christopher Reeve.

For more information about the Freddie Awards and this year's winners, visit

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