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Vol. LXVI, No. 5
February 28, 2014
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NIH Hosts Two Congressional Visits, Feb. 3

NIH hosted two special visitors from Congress on Feb. 3—Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) and staff, and Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA) and his staff. Pitts is chair of the energy and commerce health subcommittee. Durbin is assistant majority leader in the Senate.

Durbin met with NIH director Dr. Francis Collins and several institute/center leaders, including NHLBI director Dr. Gary Gibbons, NINDS director Dr. Story Landis and NCI director Dr. Harold Varmus. The senator also heard presentations on traumatic brain injury and MRI-procedures in the heart.

In addition to chats with Collins and CC director Dr. John Gallin, Pitts went on a tour of the clinical movement analysis lab led by Dr. Diane Damiano, chief of the CC’s functional and applied biomechanics section.

More congressional visits are expected this spring.

Sen. Richard Durbin, flanked by his health legislative assistant Binta Beard (l) and legislative director Dena Morris, confers with NIH leaders. They include (from l) NINDS director Dr. Story Landis, NHLBI director Dr. Gary Gibbons, NIH director Dr. Francis Collins and NCI director Dr. Harold Varmus. Gibbons is explaining current research in the area of heart disease.
Sen. Richard Durbin, flanked by his health legislative assistant Binta Beard (l) and legislative director Dena Morris, confers with NIH leaders. They include (from l) NINDS director Dr. Story Landis, NHLBI director Dr. Gary Gibbons, NIH director Dr. Francis Collins and NCI director Dr. Harold Varmus. Gibbons is explaining current research in the area of heart disease.

Durbin (l) listens to a presentation on the development of image-guided MRI procedures in the heart given by NHLBI scientific director Dr. Robert Balaban. Sitting next to him is CC director Dr. John Gallin

Durbin (l) is briefed on recent findings in humans with traumatic brain injury by Dr. Dorian McGavern, chief of the viral immunology and intravital imaging section, NINDS.

Durbin (l) listens to a presentation on the development of image-guided MRI procedures in the heart given by NHLBI scientific director Dr. Robert Balaban. Sitting next to him is CC director Dr. John Gallin. At right, Durbin (l) is briefed on recent findings in humans with traumatic brain injury by Dr. Dorian McGavern, chief of the viral immunology and intravital imaging section, NINDS.

Gallin (l) shows Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA) a model of the Clinical Research Center. Collins greets Pitts, who visited the NIH campus with his staff on Monday, Feb. 3 to learn more about NIH’s mission.

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Gallin (l) shows Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA) a model of the Clinical Research Center.

Collins greets Pitts, who visited the NIH campus with his staff on Monday, Feb. 3 to learn more about NIH’s mission.

Pitts gets a tour of the clinical movement analysis lab led by Dr. Diane Damiano, chief of the CC’s functional and applied biomechanics section.

Photos: Ernie Branson, Lisa Helfert

Pitts gets a tour of the clinical movement analysis lab led by Dr. Diane Damiano, chief of the CC’s functional and applied biomechanics section.

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