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John E. Fogarty International Center for Advanced Study in the Health Sciences: Important Events in FIC History


January 18, 1967--Rep. Melvin Laird (Wisc.) proposed to Congress to establish an international research and study center at NIH as a memorial to the late Rep. John E. Fogarty (R.I.). Subsequently President Lyndon B. Johnson announced that he was seeking funds to establish the John E. Fogarty International Center for Advanced Study in the Health Sciences.

February 26, 1968--Departmental approval was given to establish the Fogarty International Center.

March 16, 1968--Official notice was published in the Federal Register.

July 1, 1968--FIC became operational. The NIH Office of International Research was abolished and several of its functions were transferred to FIC.

June 1979--The Task Force to Assess the Missions and Functions of the Fogarty International Center reported to the director, NIH, on its year-long study of the center, reaffirming FIC's importance as the focus for international aspects of biomedical and behavioral research at NIH, and recommending specific measures for strengthening and broadening its programs.

June 1982--FIC was designated a WHO Collaborating Center for Research and Training in Biomedicine.

September 1985--The first meeting of the FIC Advisory Board was held.

November 1985--FIC was established in law (P.L. 99-158, sec. 482).


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