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Vol. LXVII, No. 4
February 13, 2015
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Congressman Cole Leads Capitol Hill Colleagues on Visit to NIH
Photos: Ernie Branson

U.S. Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK), incoming chair of the subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services in the House appropriations committee, led a bipartisan delegation of congressional representatives and staff on a visit to NIH Jan. 20.

Greeted by NIH director Dr. Francis Collins, Cole and his colleagues on the subcommittee assembled for scientific briefings with several institute directors including NCI director Dr. Harold Varmus, NHLBI director Dr. Gary Gibbons, NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci and NIGMS director Dr. Jon Lorsch. The group was also scheduled to make stops at the Clinical Research Center, the Porter Neuroscience Center and the Vaccine Research Center.

Lab tours included NCI’s Pediatric Oncology Branch, which is dedicated to improving outcomes for children and young adults with cancer and genetic tumor predispositions; and the biodefense research section of NIAID’s Vaccine Research Center, which has developed highly effective vaccine strategies for Ebola virus infection.

NCI’s Dr. Lee Helman (r) leads a tour group of representatives including (from l) Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Andy Harris (R-MD), Tom Cole (R-OK), Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Charlie Dent (R-PA).
NCI’s Dr. Lee Helman (r) leads a tour group of representatives including (from l) Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Andy Harris (R-MD), Tom Cole (R-OK), Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Charlie Dent (R-PA).
Dr. Daniel Lee (l) of NCI’s Pediatric Oncology Branch briefs the tour group.

Lowey, DeLauro and NHLBI director Dr. Gary Gibbons, CC director Dr. John Gallin (r) points out aspects of the NIH campus on the model located in the lobby of the Clinical Research Center.

Above, with (from l) Lowey, DeLauro and NHLBI director Dr. Gary Gibbons, CC director Dr. John Gallin (r) points out aspects of the NIH campus on the model located in the lobby of the Clinical Research Center. At left, Dr. Daniel Lee (l) of NCI’s Pediatric Oncology Branch briefs the tour group.

DeLauro (l) and Lowey greet Fauci as familiar friends. in the biodefense research section of NIAID’s Vaccine Research Center, NIAID’s Dr. Mario Roederer (l), who runs the VRC flow cytometry core, and Dr. Julie Ledgerwood, principal investigator on all of the Ebola phase I clinical trials (beginning in 2003) conducted at NIH, greet the congressional delegation as Dr. Nancy Sullivan (r) observes.
At left, DeLauro (l) and Lowey greet Fauci as familiar friends. At right, in the biodefense research section of NIAID’s Vaccine Research Center, NIAID’s Dr. Mario Roederer (l), who runs the VRC flow cytometry core, and Dr. Julie Ledgerwood, principal investigator on all of the Ebola phase I clinical trials (beginning in 2003) conducted at NIH, greet the congressional delegation as Dr. Nancy Sullivan (r) observes.
Collins (fourth from l) briefs several members of Congress. Shown at the briefing room table are (from l) Dent, Harris, Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR), Cole, DeLauro and Lowey.
At left, Collins (fourth from l) briefs several members of Congress. At right, shown at the briefing room table are (from l) Dent, Harris, Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR), Cole, DeLauro and Lowey.

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