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NIH Welcomes Visitors from OSTP

Posted on by Lawrence Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Several people talk in a crowded lab
It was my pleasure to welcome Arati Prabhakar (2nd from right) during her visit to NIH on August 3. Dr. Prabhakar is director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and assistant to the President for Science and Technology. Joining her on the visit was Travis Hyams, senior policy advisor for Health Outcomes Division, OSTP (to my left). While on campus, Dr. Prabhakar met with me and NIH Institute and Center directors and toured two labs in the NIH Clinical Center. In this photo, John Tisdale, senior investigator at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (far right) talks to Dr. Prabhakar about sickle cell research. Also pictured is Courtney Fitzhugh (far left), who leads NHLBI’s Laboratory of Early Sickle Mortality Prevention. Credit: Chiachi Chang, NIH

Visit the New NIH Virtual Tour

Posted on by Lawrence Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Happy Fourth of July! Before everyone heads out to celebrate the holiday with their family and friends, I want to share this brief video with you. It’s an introduction to the brand-new NIH Virtual Tour that’s now available on our website. When time permits, I encourage everyone to take the full tour of our Bethesda, MD, main campus and explore this great institution of science, technological innovation, and, above all, hope.

Among the virtual tour’s many features is an interactive, aerial map of the 32 buildings on our Bethesda campus. By clicking on a highlighted building, you can explore an impressive multimedia gallery of photos, video clips, and other resources. The tour will allow you to learn more about NIH and the ways in which we help people live longer and healthier lives.

You also can learn more about NIH’s 27 Institutes and Centers, including the NIH Clinical Center and 20 other in-depth tour stops—from research labs to patient rooms—and hear directly from some of our impressive researchers, leaders, and patients. For example, you can learn about chronic pain research from a lab in the NIH Clinical Center or see the largest zebrafish facility in the world, housed in Building 6.

What I like most about the virtual tour is that it captures what makes NIH so special—the many amazing people who collaborate every day to discover ways to solve seemingly intractable research problems. I admire their commitment to follow the science wherever it may lead.

In fact, from its humble beginnings in a one-room laboratory in 1887, NIH has become the world’s largest funder of medical research, whether that’s mobilizing to combat a deadly pandemic or strategizing to help people with a rare disorder find answers.

Not only does NIH conduct groundbreaking research in its own labs and clinics, it also supports much of the medical research conducted at universities and institutions in your states and local communities. Whether in Bethesda or beyond the Beltway, this national research effort will continue to yield the needed understanding to turn discovery into better health, helping more people to flourish and lead fully productive lives, now and in the generations to come.

That’s certainly something we can all celebrate this holiday, the 247th birthday of our great nation that I’m so honored to serve. Have a great, but safe, Fourth of July, and I’ll see you back here soon to share another blog post and another story of NIH-supported research progress.


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Groundbreaking at NIH Clinical Center

Posted on by Lawrence Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Woman stands at podium while others seated onstage listen.
So glad to take part in the May 16 groundbreaking for the Surgery, Radiology and Laboratory Medicine (SRLM) wing of the NIH Clinical Center. The expansive new wing will house: the Department of Perioperative Medicine; Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Department of Laboratory Medicine, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Cardiovascular Intervention Program; several National Cancer Institute laboratories; and patient service areas. As shown here at the podium, we were honored to be joined by Andrea Palm, deputy secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Also pictured (left to right): Dan Wheeland, NIH associate director for Research Facilities; Nina Schor, NIH deputy director for Intramural Research; James Gilman NIH Clinical Center CEO; me; Steven Rosenberg, chief, Surgery Branch, National Cancer Institute; and Alfred Johnson, NIH deputy director for Management. Modernizing the Clinical Center will help to ensure that this amazing facility continues to provide high quality patient care alongside cutting-edge biomedical research. Credit: Chia-Chi Charlie Chang, NIH

Meeting with White House Fellows

Posted on by Lawrence Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Group photo showing Drs. Tabak and Schwetz with White House Fellows
What a pleasure it was to hold a roundtable discussion with the 2022-2023 class of White House Fellows during their recent visit to NIH. They asked some very good questions. Afterwards, we gathered for this photo. It shows me and Tara Schwetz, NIH’s Acting Principal Deputy Director (r, standing next to me) with all the fellows. The fellows also visited the NIH Clinical Center and toured two labs in the National Cancer Institute’s Pediatric Oncology Branch. The NIH visit took place on April 20. Credit: NIH

Welcome to Response Team Members

Posted on by Lawrence Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Dr. Schwetz and Dr. Tabak at a table with Dr. Ashish Jha who is speaking into a microphone
It was my pleasure to interact with several members of the White House COVID-19 Response Team during their recent visit to NIH. While on our Bethesda campus, team members met with select researchers and leadership from the NIH Vaccine Research Center and the NIH Clinical Center. This photo shows Ashish Jha (r), the White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator, while addressing staff during a meeting in the NIH Clinical Center. Tara Schwetz (l), NIH’s acting principal deputy director, is seated next to me. The visit took place on the afternoon of March 23. Credit: NIH

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