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NIH Record  
Vol. LXVII, No. 10
  May 8, 2015
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A Host of Connections
Presidentís Advisor Jarrett Speaks at NIH Town Hall

NIH director Dr. Francis Collins chats with Valerie Jarrett on Apr. 14 in Masur Auditorium.

NIH director Dr. Francis Collins chats with Valerie Jarrett on Apr. 14 in Masur Auditorium.

It turns out that not only is President Obama keenly interested in NIH research—especially the recently announced Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI)—but also one of his closest advisors, Valerie Jarrett, has a wealth of connections that bind her to the NIH mission.

During an Apr. 14 visit to campus, Jarrett, who is senior advisor to the President, was interviewed informally on the Masur Auditorium stage by NIH director Dr. Francis Collins. The event was part of NIH’s observance of National Minority Health Month.

Originally billed as “a fireside chat,” the event became “an armchair conversation” when Collins noted that “we looked into [having a fireplace], but the fire marshal would have none of it.” Nonetheless, the chat gained warmth when Collins disclosed that he consulted Jarrett’s father, Dr. James Bowman, during the early days of the Human Genome Project.


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Medicine and Media
Gupta Uses Surgeon, Journalist Roles to Educate, Inspire

Dr. Sanjay Gupta gives the 2015 Rall Cultural Lecture.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta gives the 2015 Rall Cultural Lecture.

Scientists and science journalists have a lot in common. Both do huge amounts of research and tackle complicated subjects, accuracy and credibility are paramount and the end result has the potential to improve, even save, countless lives.

Each of these professions is time-consuming and challenging on its own, but somehow Dr. Sanjay Gupta manages to balance his dual career as a practicing neurosurgeon—he is associate chief of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital and regularly performs surgery at Emory and Grady hospitals in Atlanta—and chief medical correspondent for CNN.


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