Her Majesty Queen Letizia of Spain was welcomed to the Clinical Center Sept. 16 by NIH director Dr.
Francis Collins (below, c) and Clinical Center director Dr. John Gallin. The queen was accompanied by
Carmen Vela Olmo, secretary of state for research, development and innovation of Spain. During a
90-minute Bldg. 10 visit, the entourage toured NCI’s Pediatric Oncology Branch, where Dr. Lee Helman
(bottom, r), acting director of the Center for Cancer Research, described the branch’s work. The group
also met for an exchange of views in the medical board room, where Collins presented the queen with
a memento—a lapel pin shaped like a guitar pick, with the message “Hope at NIH.” Also on hand was
Dr. Jorge Baselga, (below, middle) president of the American Association for Cancer Research, who
flanks the queen with Dr. Marge Foti, CEO of AACR.
Photos: Ernie Branson