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Welcoming First Lady Jill Biden to NIH!

Posted on by Dr. Francis Collins

Video Event

It was wonderful to have First Lady Jill Biden pay a virtual visit to NIH on February 3, 2021, on the eve of World Cancer Day. Dr. Biden joined me, National Cancer Institute (NCI) Director Ned Sharpless, and several NCI scientists to discuss recent advances in fighting cancer. On behalf of the entire NIH community, I thanked the First Lady for her decades of advocacy on behalf of cancer education, prevention, and research. To view the event, go to 53:20 in this video. Credit: Adapted from White House video.


  • Esmeralda says:

    Excellent video and presentation!
    Welcome Mrs Jill Biden!!!
    We are all thankful for your work and we hope a lot more will be done for research and education.

  • Chris says:

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