President George W. Bush made his fourth visit to NIH in
less than 3 years on Nov. 1 to announce the government's
pandemic influenza preparations and response. At a Natcher
Bldg. address of just under half an hour, he outlined
a $7.1 billion plan to meet the threat of avian flu.
On hand for Bush's announcement were several cabinet
secretaries, senators, congressmen, HHS officials and
such international representatives as Dr. Jong-wook Lee,
director general of the World Health Organization, and
Dr. David Nabarro, senior United Nations system coordinator
for avian and human influenza. Bush credited NIH for
more than a century of work "at the forefront of this
country's efforts to prevent, detect and treat disease,
and I appreciate the good work you're doing here. This
is an important facility, an important complex, and the
people who work here are really important to the security
of this nation."
Clockwise from left:
Conferring with Prince Charles (r) on his Nov. 3 visit are
(from l) NIA director Dr. Richard Hodes, NIDDK director
Dr. Allen Spiegel and NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni.
Welcoming Prince Charles to NIH in the CRC lobby are (from
l) NIH deputy director Dr. Raynard Kington, NIH deputy director
for intramural research Dr. Michael Gottesman and NIH Associate
Director for Communications John Burklow.
The Duchess of Cornwall (l), whose interest in osteoporosis
spurred the NIH visit, chats with several leaders in the
field including Dr. Ethel Siris (r) of the National Osteoporosis
Following a briefing on osteoporosis research in the medical
board room, Prince Charles greets NIH employees, who lined
the atrium cheering and waving as the royals passed through.
Shaking hands with the Prince is Connie Caldwell of the NIH
Freedom of Information Office.