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NIH Welcomes Assistant Secretary for Health

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On June 22, NIH was visited by Admiral Rachel L. Levine, the Assistant Secretary for Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and head of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. The Admiral was accompanied by several other HHS dignitaries.

It was my pleasure to greet the HHS contingent in the atrium of the NIH Clinical Center. While there, James Gilman (far left), the Clinical Center’s chief executive office, offered a brief overview of the facility to Admiral Levine (middle) and Rear Admiral Denise Hinton (right), Deputy U.S. Surgeon General. I’m standing behind Admiral Levine and next to Jill Rothschild, chief of the Clinical Center’s Pediatric Consult Service. Admiral Levine, a pediatrician, then toured the Clinical Center’s pediatric clinic and later met with NIH’s senior leadership. Afterwards, Admiral Levine joined me in Building One to speak at NIH’s Pride Event. The session included a diverse panel discussion titled “Together Toward Discovery: How intersecting identities impact our NIH work.” Admiral Levine is the first openly transgender four-star officer in the nation’s eight uniformed services. Credit: NIH

Cutting Ribbon for NIH Clinical Center Pharmacy

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It was great to take part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony and officially open the NIH Clinical Center Pharmacy. The fully renovated, 10,000-square-foot facility, located on the first floor of the building’s southeast wing, consists of three parts: the outpatient pharmacy, which dispenses medications to patients who visit the clinical center for periodic checkups or treatment as part of a clinical study; the unit-dose pharmacy, which prepares medications in small doses for patients while staying at the Clinical Center; and the intravenous admixture unit (IVAU), which formulates sterile products, as needed, for patients at the Clinical Center. The Clinical Center Pharmacy will perform all of the above with the help of state-of-the-art automation, including a robotic medication management system.

I’m third from the left in the ribbon-cutting line. To my right, scissors in hand, (l-r) are Richard DeCederfelt, the Clinical Center’s Acting Pharmacy Chief, and James Gilman, CEO of the Clinical Center. Cutting the ribbon to my left (l-r) are Alfred Johnson, NIH’s Deputy Director for Management, and Marilyn Farinre, the Clinical Center’s Pharmacy Operations Chief. Looking on just behind them (l-r) are Tara Schwetz, NIH’s Acting Principal Deputy Director, and Michael Gottesman, NIH’s Deputy Director for Intramural Research. The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on May 18 in the Outpatient Pharmacy Waiting Room. Credit: NIH

Testifying in the Senate for Next Year’s NIH Budget

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Lawrence Tabak, DDS, PhD, Acting Director NIH
It was an honor to testify on the President’s FY 2023 NIH budget before the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Committee. Also testifying from NIH were five institute directors: Richard Hodes, National Institute on Aging; Nora Volkow, National Institute on Drug Abuse; Gary Gibbons, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; Tony Fauci, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; and Josh Gordon, National Institute of Mental Health. The hearing took place on May 17, 2022 in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.

Testifying Before House Subcommittee

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On May 11, I was pleased to appear before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies to discuss NIH’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2023. Joining me (left to right) were leaders of several NIH institutes: Nora Volkow, National Institute on Drug Abuse; Tony Fauci, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Diana Bianchi, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; Doug Lowy, National Cancer Institute; and Gary Gibbons, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. 

Discussing Nation’s Opioid Crisis at Rx and Illicit Drug Summit

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I enjoyed taking part in a fireside chat with Nora Volkow (middle), director of NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse, and Rebecca Baker (right), director of NIH’s Helping to End Addiction Long-term® Initiative. Our wide-ranging conversation was part of the 11th annual Rx and Illicit Drug Summit, which concludes today. The fireside chat format provided lots of give-and-take on the stage, while we shared with our stakeholders, from federal to family, the latest progress and the continued challenges in NIH’s efforts to discover viable solutions to the nation’s opioid crisis. The conversation took place on the evening of April 19 in the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Credit: Pierce Harman for Rx and Illicit Drug Summit.

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