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Got My Flu Shot

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Larry Tabak getting his flu shot
It’s always a good idea in the fall to get a flu shot, and I recently got mine. If you still need a flu shot and have questions about where in your community to get one, I’ve got some help for you. Stay healthy this winter, get a flu shot! Credit: NIH

Time to Get Boosted

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Dr. Tabak receiving a vaccination in his shoulder
I got my COVID-19 bivalent vaccine booster last weekend. The Moderna and the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 bivalent vaccine boosters should be now widely available in communities around the country. If it’s been two months since you completed your primary vaccination series or received a booster, you are eligible to receive the bivalent booster. I encourage all those eligible to get the updated vaccine booster, especially with winter on the way.

Dedicating Roy Blunt Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

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Dr. Tabak speaks at a podium, four other people sit to his sides
On September 19, I welcomed everyone to the dedication of the brand-new Roy Blunt Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias, which is located on the main NIH campus, Bethesda, MD. Seated behind me (l-r) are former NIH director Francis Collins; Dawn Beraud, NIH’s National Institute on Aging; Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri; and Congressman Tom Cole of Oklahoma. The 24,000-square foot building, which includes 12,000 square feet of laboratory space, will house the NIH Intramural Research Program’s Center for Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias (CARD). The facility is named in honor of Senator Blunt, who will be retiring from Congress, to recognize his extraordinary leadership and unwavering commitment to speed medical progress in this important area that touches far too many lives and families. Credit: NIH

Celebrating NIH and Life-Saving Science During Rally for Medical Research

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Dr. Tabak at a podium with sign saying Rally for Medical Research, Capitol Hill Day
It was my pleasure to take part in a recent reception held on Capitol Hill to celebrate the lifesaving science that NIH supports. The well-attended evening reception was part of the Rally for Medical Research Capitol Hill Day, an annual event that is organized by the American Association for Cancer Research and supported by nearly 350 partnering organizations I spoke for several minutes about NIH’s role in furthering medical research and innovation, and how this wise national investment has led to more progress, more hope, and more lives saved. The reception was held in the Rayburn House Office Building on September 13. Credit: RallyforMedicalResearch.org

Welcoming Three Members of Congress to NCI Frederick

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It was a pleasure to welcome Congressional dignitaries from Maryland to NIH’s National Cancer Institute (NCI) at Frederick, MD. They took part in a roundtable discussion highlighting research at NCI Frederick in support of the Cancer Moonshot initiative. Afterwards, they visited a lab to see patient-derived models of cancer under a microscope. In this photo from the July 22 visit, I have my hand raised and standing to my left are (l-r): Senator Chris Van Hollen, Congressman David Trone, and Senator Ben Cardin. To my right is Doug Lowy, Acting NCI director. Doug and Xavier Becerra, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, also greeted these Congressional leaders and helped to direct the roundtable discussion. Credit: NIH

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