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Secretary Thompson Bids NIH Farewell in Jan. 13 Visit

Photos by Bill Branson

HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson (l) displays a souvenir T-shirt commemorating the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research Initiative given to him by NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni (r).

 

Among those Thompson said goodbye to were (above) NIBIB deputy director Dr. Belinda Seto and (below) Dr. John Ruffin, director of the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

 

Zerhouni welcomes Thompson to campus for the Secretary's last official visit on Jan. 13.

 

Anthony Jewell (l) and Stewart Simonson (r) of HHS accompany Thompson and Zerhouni on the secretary's farewell tour of NIH. Along the way, Thompson collects tokens from the department's successful CFC season.

 

Thompson (r) participated in a noontime press conference in Bldg. 1 where he signed memoranda of understanding to improve cooperation with other federal agencies that play an important role in medical technology development. He was joined by Dr. Larry Kessler (l), director of the Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories at the Food and Drug Administration. Thompson presented the report, "Moving Medical Innovations Forward — New Initiatives from HHS." Other MOU signers included the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and parts of the departments of Defense and Education.

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