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Director’s Album – Videos

HEALing Communities Initiative

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On October 7, 2019, I participated with several dignitaries in an event at the University of Kentucky, Lexington on the HEALing Communities Initiative. This study will test a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to reducing opioid-related deaths in selected U. S. communities. The University of Kentucky is a research partner in HEAL. Also involved in the event was Alex Elswick who heads the Lexington-based Voices of Hope, an organization that helps people in recovery stay in recovery. Recently, the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) filmed this video with Alex in which he shared his story of recovery. The producers of the video also asked me to weigh in on the importance of a community-based approach to combating the opioid crisis. Credit: HHS


Performing at IDWeek 2019

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During the opening reception for IDWeek 2019, I performed with my band the Affordable Rock ‘n’ Roll Act (ARRA). We were joined onstage by Pardis Sabeti (second from left), a computational geneticist at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge, and a talented rock ‘n’ roll singer. Here we perform Pardis’ song “Breathe In (Turkana Boy).” IDWeek is the joint annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), the HIV Medical Association (HIVMA), and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS). The reception took place on October 2, 2019 at the Washington, D. C. Convention Center. Credit: Dawd Siraj, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Singing A Fun Farewell Song

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Earlier in the month, I posted a photo taken during the retirement ceremony of Paul Sieving, director of the NIH’s National Eye Institute. I’ve since discovered this video recording of the song that I played for Paul during the ceremony. It’s the popular 1970s song, “I Can See Clearly Now” with special lyrics to mark the occasion. Credit: National Eye Institute

Thirtieth Anniversary of Cystic Fibrosis Gene Discovery

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In 1989, the gene that causes cystic fibrosis (CF), was discovered by a collaborative research effort involving my own lab at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and colleagues at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the discovery, which has yielded life-sustaining targeted therapies for many kids born with this rare disease. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation asked me recently to talk about “the long, tough road” traveled to find the gene hunt and the ongoing research commitment to help people with CF. Courtesy of Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

We are NIH

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The NIH has a brand-new welcome video, aptly titled “We are NIH.” The video is now available to greet our guests on campus and inform visitors on our website about NIH and its lifesaving mission. I think the video really captures the spirit of NIH by showcasing just a few of the many incredible people who work and volunteer here every day to help turn discovery into health. I even got to offer my own welcome at 5 minutes and 40  seconds into the video and share my thoughts about the impact of NIH-funded research. Take a look. We are NIH!

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