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NIH Record  
Vol. LXV, No. 13
  June 21, 2013
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From New Vantage
Ex-Director Zerhouni Surveys Value of NIH Research

Former NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni gives remarks at June 4 SMRB meeting in Bldg. 1.

Former NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni gives remarks at June 4 SMRB meeting in Bldg. 1.

Nearly 5 years removed from his NIH directorship, Dr. Elias Zerhouni returned to campus June 4 to offer his views about how to value NIH research economically in an era of flat federal research budgets. His remarks at the end of a day-long meeting on that topic, conducted by the scientific review management board (SMRB), included vintage observations from the veteran of academia (Johns Hopkins), government (he was NIH director from 2002 to 2008) and industry (he is president of global research and development at French pharmaceutical firm Sanofi).

For example, his comment that “it’s not very smart to go to the grocery store in an F-16 [fighter jet] when you can go on a bike,” both brought the house down and illustrated the occasional mismatch between drug costs and human benefit; he was especially critical of expensive cancer drugs, stacked one on top of another, that might buy a patient only a few months of time.
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Soundtrack of the Mind
Does Music Fine-Tune the Brain?

Dr. Aniruddh Patel

Dr. Aniruddh Patel

Music reaches into our deepest self, or so Plato declared some 2,300 years ago. We’ve been wondering about music’s effect on us ever since. In the last decade in particular, a growing number of scientists have taken up the quest to chart music’s course in the body, starting at the top—the brain. According to Dr. Aniruddh Patel, associate professor of psychology at Tufts University, there’s no better time for music cognition research.

“What measurable impacts do musical listening and musical training have on brain function?” he asked May 13 in his talk for the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine’s Integrative Medicine Research Lecture Series. “People have been speculating about music in the mind for millennia. Plato remarked that rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul back in three or four hundred B.C.”
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