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NIH Record  
Vol. LXVI, No. 9
  April 25, 2014
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Dedication Features Host of Speakers
Porter Bldg. Opens with Dedication, Symposium

NIH director Dr. Francis Collins (l) and former Rep. John Edward Porter at the dedication of the PNRC
NIH director Dr. Francis Collins (l) and former Rep. John Edward Porter at the dedication of the PNRC
Hailed as a “tireless champion of biomedical research in general, and of NIH in particular,” by NIH director Dr. Francis Collins, former Rep. John Edward Porter was on hand Mar. 31 with a host of family members, friends and colleagues from both Congress and industry for the dedication of one of the world’s largest neuroscience facilities—the John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center.

The new building, a state-of-the-art laboratory structure whose “form and function blend seamlessly,” according to Collins, will be home to 85 principal investigators from 10 NIH institutes and centers and will house some 800 scientists. It adjoins a neuroscience center completed in 2004. Together, the complex, also known as Bldg. 35, encompasses more than 500,000 square feet.


Two-Day Porter Symposium Draws Experts

To celebrate the dedication of the John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center, NIH recently held a 2-day scientific symposium highlighting research characteristic of the facility and showcasing some of the scientists who will be working in the PNRC.

Held Mar. 31-Apr. 1, the symposium brought together top neuroscience experts from across the U.S., leading NIH scientists and the two original visionaries for the building—Dr. Gerald Fischbach, NINDS director 1998-2001, and Dr. Steven Hyman, NIMH director 1996-2001. In fact, PNRC is considered their “brainchild.”