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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

Building Confidence in COVID-19 Vaccines

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It was my pleasure to be a panelist during a recent virtual forum titled “Building Vaccine Confidence: Best Practices to Combat Misinformation and Vaccine Hesitancy in COVID-19 Vaccines.” The forum took place during the American Association for Cancer Research’s Annual Meeting 2021, which had more than 13,500 registrants. This screenshot shows the panel getting ready for our informative discussion on building confidence in the COVID-19 vaccines. The panelists are (from top l-r): Gilbert S. Omenn (co-moderator), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Antoni Ribas (co-moderator), University of California Los Angeles; yours truly Francis Collins; E. John Wherry, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; Grace Cordovano, Enlightening Results, LLC, West Caldwell, NJ; Lisa Richardson, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta; Liz Hamel, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, San Francisco; Lee Greenberger, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Rye Brook, NY; and Mary Gullatte, EMORY Healthcare, Atlanta. The forum took place on April 14, 2021.

Speaking at Reception to Celebrate Medical Research

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Francis Collins speaking from podium

I enjoyed speaking at the reception for the 6th Annual Rally for Medical Research Hill Day in Washington, D.C. on September 12. The early evening reception, hosted by the American Association for Cancer Research and supported by the nearly 350 partnering organizations, brought together hundreds of people to celebrate the value of medical research. The reception took place in the Dirksen Senate Office Building. Credit: Vera LaMarche