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The C.W. Bill Young Center for Biodefense and Emerging
Infectious Diseases was dedicated May 2 in honor of 18-term Congressman
Young (R-FL), chair of the House appropriations subcommittee on
defense. The brilliant spring afternoon found a crowd of friends,
colleagues and admirers gathered beneath a canopy outside the new
laboratory complex, built for the National Institute of Allergy
and Infectious Diseases. The 4-story, 84,000-net-square-foot integrated
research facility was named for the man whom NIAID director Dr.
Anthony Fauci called "one of the most important figures responsible
for doubling the NIH budget."
|Rep. C.W. Bill Young (l) accepts
an etching of Bldg. 33 from NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni.
Fauci was joined onstage by NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni as
well as HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt and Rep. Ralph Regula (R-OH),
chair of the House appropriations subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education.
Each praised Young's dynamism, foresight and generous support of
NIH. Among the guests were Hon. Gianni Castellaneta, Italy's ambassador
to the United States; Stewart Simonson, assistant secretary for
public health emergency preparedness; Former Congressmen Paul Rogers
and John Porter; Donald Arthur, surgeon general of the Navy; Brian
Gragnolati, president and CEO of Suburban Hospital; and Capt. Robert
Hartzman, director, C. W. Bill Young Marrow Donor Recruitment and
Research Program, Bone Marrow Registry, Naval Medical Research
|The C.W. Bill Young Center for Biodefense
and Emerging Infectious Diseases viewed from the northeast
A video introducing the center and narrated by Fauci opened the
event. Making it musical were "The President's Own" U.S. Marine
Band Brass Quintet and the Washington Symphonic Brass.
Young, a staunch supporter of NIH, served on his committee's health
appropriations subcommittee for over 20 years, and for 6 years
as chair of the full House appropriations committee, overseeing
the entire U.S. discretionary budget. He and his wife Beverly are
tenacious advocates for an array of public health programs. In
1986, they founded the National Marrow Donor Program, with a current
volunteer registry of over 5 million people.
|Rep. Ralph Regula (l, R-OH) and Young (R-FL)
receive a warm welcome from Zerhouni.
||Young is congratulated by NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Young’s namesake facility will house about 250 research
and support staff from NIAID.
Research conducted in the structure that bears his name will focus
on naturally occurring microbes including influenza and avian influenza
viruses, multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis and anthrax bacteria,
and insect-borne viruses such as West Nile and dengue. Also under
study will be pathogens that can be deliberately deployed as noxious
agents. The research goal is to create new diagnostics, treatments
and vaccines that will strengthen and sustain public health preparedness.
The Young Center includes labs, animal care areas, offices, conference
rooms and a cyberlibrary, and will house 250-275 NIAID research
and support staff. No labs have yet moved in. By the end of this
summer, the plan is to transfer portions of the Laboratory of Viral
Diseases, the Laboratory of Clinical Infectious Diseases and the
Laboratory of Infectious Diseases, as well as the entire Laboratory
of Bacterial Diseases.
|Young and wife Beverly stand beside the new lab complex that now bears
The facility, which contains biosafety level 2 and level 3 labs,
is set back from both internal NIH and public access roads, and
is engineered for state-of-the-art high containment and resistance
to blasts. Its flexible design anticipates and can accommodate
changes in research priorities as they arise. The cost of the project,
including a 1,250-car garage (MLP-10), is $182.6 million.
Thanking Young for his support, Zerhouni said, "I'm touched by
the fact that he always connected health and defense. Bricks, glass
and steel are not possible without the support of Congress. This
project was built on time and on budget, thanks to many dedicated
Zerhouni also lauded Young for recognizing that "a healthy civilian
workforce is key to our defense. This building is a very small
tribute.We wish we could do more for you, sir, and we are very
honored to have you and Mrs. Young with us today."
||Young and Fauci enjoy a reception held on the plaza of Bldg. 33 after
the dedication ceremony.
"I have heard no complaints about money appropriated for NIH," Young
responded warmly, after thanking all present. "Occasionally we'll
be asked to throw money at some problem, but it doesn't always
solve the problem. The money here is put to good use. It produces," he
stressed. "Securing America's health is a major part of securing
In tribute, Zerhouni presented Young with former NIH'er Brent
Jaquet's original etching of the building, as well as an American
flag that had flown atop the Capitol.
From Fauci, Young also received a certificate commemorating his "unwavering
support." Young's wife, his stalwart partner in public health advocacy,
accepted a bouquet of yellow roses.