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Vol. LVII, No. 18
August 26, 2005

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White House Staffer Gerson, Former Miss America Tour NIH

Miss America 1999 Nicole Johnson Baker, a diabetes consultant who also serves on NIH's Council of Public Representatives, and her husband, Pittsburgh news anchor Scott Baker, toured NIH on July 29 with Michael Gerson, President Bush's assistant for policy and strategic planning.

Dr. Thomas Wellems (seated, l), chief of NIAID’s Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research, and Dr. Owen Schwartz (standing, c), discuss changes on the surface of human red blood cells infected by malaria parasites. Gerson (seated, c) and the Bakers look on.

From left, the Bakers and Gerson hear about the Human Genome Project from NHGRI director Dr. Francis Collins (fourth from l) and Mike Erdos (r) of NHGRI’s Genome Technology Branch.

Baker (second from l) and Gerson get close-up views of Anopheles stephensi mosquitoes, which can transmit malaria. Observing are Dr. Yasmine Belkai (l) of NIAID’s Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases and NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci (r).

Dr. Andrew Arai of NHLBI’s Laboratory of Cardiac Energetics gives a presentation titled “Cardiovascular MRI Research: From Bench to Bedside to Populations.

Dr. Tovi Lehman of LMVR assists in demonstration.

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