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NIH Record  
Vol. LXI, No. 17
  August 21, 2009
New HHS ID Badge Process Starts
NIAID-Developed Technology Helps Save Animal Lives
NIEHS Celebrates Opening of Clinical Research Unit
NINDS Facebook Page Offers Vital Stroke Messages
IT Benefits for NIH Employees
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Collins Wins Unanimous Confirmation as Next NIH Director
  HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (l), DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano (c) and Education Secretary Arne Duncan team up at NIH for a summit on flu.
  Dr. Francis Collins

Dr. Francis Collins was confirmed by the Senate by unanimous consent on Aug. 7 to become the 16th NIH director. The announcement was made by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who said, “Dr. Collins is one of our generation’s great scientific leaders. A physician and geneticist, [he] served as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, where he led the Human Genome Project to completion. Dr. Collins will be an outstanding leader. Today is an exciting day for NIH and for science in this country.”

Collins began his new job on Aug. 17. All were invited to a Town Hall meeting he was to host that day from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Natcher auditorium.

In RePORTER, a Mandate Fulfilled
New Funding Database Offers Customized Searches

Now available for test drive, this baby is sleek, fast and handles beautifully.

Only it’s not a car. It’s a database.

The Office of Extramural Research has launched RePORTER, a brand new tool for searching all NIH-funded projects.

Available on the Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool (RePORT) web site at, RePORTER (the RePORT Expenditures and Results module) is already garnering praise from journalists, science bloggers and grantees.

It will replace CRISP, NIH’s veteran database of federally funded biomedical research projects, including those in our sister HHS agencies.