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A New Director for NINR

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A New Director for NINR
Shannon Zenk (right) has also joined the NIH family as director of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). Out of an abundance of caution during the pandemic, her swearing-in ceremony was held virtually on October 14, 2020.

Welcome to New NIDCR Director

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Rena D’Souza (right) has joined the NIH family as director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). Because of the pandemic, her swearing-in ceremony was held virtually on October 13, 2020.

Congratulations on 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

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Congratulations to Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier on sharing the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry “for the development of a method for genome editing.” Doudna, a biochemist with the University of California, Berkeley and a genome editing pioneer, has received continuous NIH funding since 1997. Charpentier is a French microbiologist and a fellow genome editing pioneer with the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin, Germany. Here, I am with Doudna on December 12, 2018 during a U. S. Senate NIH Caucus Meeting on CRISPR and Gene Editing. Credit: Berkeley News


Congratulations to an NIH Nobelist

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Congratulations to an NIH Nobelist
Yesterday was a fantastic day for NIH and Harvey Alter, a co-recipient of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his contributions to the discovery of the hepatitis C virus. Harvey, a senior scholar at the NIH Clinical Center’s Department of Transfusion Medicine, shares this year’s award with Michael Houghton, University of Alberta, Canada; and Charles Rice, Rockefeller University, New York, who is an NIH grantee. I congratulated Harvey on winning the prize, and we took some photos, including this one on the front steps of NIH’s James Shannon Building. Harvey has been with the Clinical Center for more than 50 years, doing remarkable work to keep the blood supply safe. His research to identify the hepatitis C virus led to tests and treatments that have saved millions of lives. Credit: NIH

Discussing Cancer Health Disparities

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Cancer Health Disparities
It was my pleasure to offer virtual remarks for the opening plenary session of the 13th Annual Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved Virtual Conference. The session was hosted by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) on October 2, 2020. I started things off speaking about factors that influence racial health disparities, including cancer disparities, and the need for greater workforce diversity. This videoconference image shows me with the panel members for the opening session. They are (starting top left to right) John Carpten, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles; Patricia LoRusso, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT; Francis Collins; Brian Rivers, Morehouse School of Medicine; Atlanta; Chanita Hughes-Holbert, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston; Mariana Stern, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles; Clayton Yates, Tuskegee University, AL; and Robert Winn, Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center, Richmond.

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