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Vol. LIX, No. 22
November 2, 2007
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HHS Secretary Leavitt Visits NIH, Receives Briefing on Research

  HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt (c) is shown around a few of NIH’s research facilities by NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni (r), as Dr. Van Hubbard of NIDDK observes.  
  HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt (c) is shown around a few of NIH’s research facilities by NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni (r), as Dr. Van Hubbard of NIDDK observes.  
Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt visited the NIH campus on Oct. 10. He received updates on the latest advances in obesity research and in neuroscience imaging research, then toured NIDDK’s metabolic clinical research unit and the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Center. He also stopped by the NIMH/NINDS 3T functional MRI Facility within the In Vivo NMR Research Center, which supplies state-of-the-art functional brain magnetic resonance imaging to more than 35 research projects and their associated principal investigators from six institutes (NINDS, NIMH, NIAAA, NIDCD, NICHD and NCI).

Leavitt also met with NIH senior staff and others for a Q&A session in Wilson Hall, where he told the audience, “I’ve enjoyed enormously the science I’ve learned about today.”

Visiting the NIMH/NINDS 3T functional MRI Facility within NIH’s In Vivo NMR Research Center, Leavitt looks at a functional MRI map being generated in real time from a healthy volunteer who is completing a visual processing task in the MRI scanner. Leavitt is pointing to signal changes that are being measured from the visual cortex as the task is being performed.

Visiting the NIMH/NINDS 3T functional MRI Facility within NIH’s In Vivo NMR Research Center, Leavitt looks at a functional MRI map being generated in real time from a healthy volunteer who is completing a visual processing task in the MRI scanner. Leavitt is pointing to signal changes that are being measured from the visual cortex as the task is being performed.

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