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NIH Record  
Vol. LXIII, No. 22
  October 28, 2011
NIH Cyclist Perez-Diez Finds Time to Compete, and Win
Grantees Win 2011 Nobel Prize in Medicine
Suicide Awareness Day Marked by Frank Discussion
NIMHD Course Inspires Renewed Fervor to Close Health Gaps
Public Health Education, Certificate Available at FAES
McIntosh To Give Inaugural NIAID Chanock Lecture,
Nov. 4
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NIH’s Founder a Titan in Any Era, Morens Shows

NIAID’s Dr. David Morens
NIAID’s Dr. David Morens
There’s one thing you can say for sure about Dr. Joseph J. Kinyoun, who is commonly regarded as the founder of what eventually became the National Institutes of Health: with his scientific accomplishments, range of high-level association and effectiveness as a shaper of the nation’s public health, he takes a back seat to no one who has subsequently held a leadership position at NIH.

In a Sept. 26 NLM History of Medicine seminar he titled “The Forgotten Indispensable Man: Joe Kinyoun and the Birth of NIH,” Dr. David Morens, senior advisor to NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci, told a Lister Hill Auditorium audience that “not much is known about” Kinyoun [pronounced KIN-yen]. Yet he went on to pack a 50-minute lecture with fascinating biographical details that will eventually become a journal article he is co-authoring with Fauci.

Can a major motion picture be far behind?

Morens, an epidemiologist by training who has been studying emerging infectious diseases for the past 35 years, has made the life and times of Joe Kinyoun a hobby for the past 6 years. He is hoping that Kinyoun’s great-grandchildren decide to place their large collection of Kinyoun’s papers, photos (he was a gifted amateur photographer, Morens said) and memorabilia in an archival source that can protect them and make them available to scholars, whether that is at NIH or some other professional archive. Doing so will further burnish the reputation of a man whose federal career nearly ended in infamy.

‘Charity Is in Our Code’
2011 CFC Kicks Off at NLM with Body Language

NLM’s Todd Danielson and Ann Mitchell of Montgomery Hospice help kick off NIH’s CFC.
NLM’s Todd Danielson and Ann Mitchell of Montgomery Hospice help kick off NIH’s CFC.
If you happen to notice certain coworkers approaching you with arms crisscrossed in front of them, don’t panic. They’re probably not trying to ward off vampires. They may just be trying to communicate NIH’s 2011 Combined Federal Campaign theme: “Charity Is in Our Code.” And NIH director Dr. Francis Collins, CFC vice chair, totally authorizes the body language.

“I’m delighted to see all of you gathered here to kick off the CFC in style,” he said Oct. 12 at the campaign launch. “We all seek to show what NIH has done year after year—reach into our pockets and remember to help those less fortunate, perhaps even amid our own financial stress…We’re all engaged in a noble mission. We’re dedicated to the idea that science can make a difference in our lives. That’s what brings us to work each day and what brings us through tough times like these.”