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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

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NIH Director's Statement Regarding House Passage of NIH Reform Act, September 26, 2006

I want to thank Congress for their overwhelming bipartisan show of support and confidence in NIH. They’ve also made it clear that biomedical research remains a top priority for the Nation. By passing legislation that preserves the core authorities of NIH, such as peer review, while providing tools to maximize our potential through the integration of resources, the House has laid the cornerstone of an even brighter future for medical research, and greater hope for the many people across the Nation and the world suffering from disease, illness and injury.

Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D.
Director, National Institutes of Health

The Office of the Director, the central office at NIH, is responsible for setting policy for NIH, which includes 27 Institutes and Centers. This involves planning, managing, and coordinating the programs and activities of all NIH components. The Office of the Director also includes program offices which are responsible for stimulating specific areas of research throughout NIH. Additional information is available at http://www.nih.gov/icd/od/.

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