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NIH HEAL Investigator Meeting

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HEAL Investigators Meeting
The NIH HEAL Investigator Meeting is now underway. It was my pleasure to welcome more than 350 researchers to the two-day meeting. The Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiative, or NIH HEAL Initiative, is a cross-cutting research effort launched last year to improve prevention and treatment strategies for opioid misuse and addiction, as well as to enhance pain management. This meeting will help to establish the HEAL investigator network, increase awareness of the initiative’s programs and scope, and allow the investigators to exchange ideas. The meeting opened on January 16, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency, Bethesda, MD. Credit: NIH

Time Well Spent in North Carolina

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Visiting NCSSM
I had a fantastic time visiting with students at North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM), Durham. My grandson Sellers attends NCSSM, and I was touched when he introduced me in the school auditorium before my speech to the student body titled “The Golden Era of Biomedical Research is Now.” The NCSSM is the nation’s first public, residential STEM high school. I visited the school on January 10, 2020. Credit: Brian Faircloth, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics.


A Special Honor from Washingtonian Magazine

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Washingtonian Luncheon
What a thrill it was for me and my wife Diane Baker to join nine others in being named Washingtonians of the Year 2019. The award, now in its 48th year, is sponsored by Washingtonian Magazine and honors people whose “hard work, creativity, innovation, and commitment” help to make the Washington, D. C. area a great place to live. That certainly describes Diane, as well as our commitment as a couple to give back to the community. During the awards luncheon, the honorees gathered for a photo. Diane is in the front row wearing a gold sweater. The luncheon was held on January 15, 2020 at the Willard Hotel, Washington, D.C. Credit: NIH

A New Year's Moment at NIH Clinical Center

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A New Year's Moment at NIH Clinical Center
To mark the new year, I spent my lunch hour playing the piano for patients, their families, and staff in the atrium of the NIH Clinical Center on January 3, 2020. If you’d like to share in the moment, it ends with Auld Lang Syne. Photo: NIH


Black Maternal Health Caucus Roundtable

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Black Maternal Health Caucus Event
On December 11, 2019, the Black Maternal Health Caucus hosted a special roundtable to discuss NIH’s efforts to address the rising rates of women, especially African American women, dying in the U. S. from preventable, pregnancy-related complications. The Black Maternal Health Caucus was launched this year to raise awareness within Congress about this important women’s health issue. Before the roundtable, I gathered with some of the participants. Standing next to me (from l-r) are: Diana Bianchi, director of NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; Congresswoman Alma Adams of North Carolina, a co-founder of the Caucus; Eliseo Pérez-Stable, director of NIH’s National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities; Congresswoman Lauren Underwood of Illinois, also a co-founder of the Caucus; and Gary Gibbons, director of NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The roundtable was held in the Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. Credit: Lauren Underwood’s Office.

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