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The NIH Director

Message to NIH Staff

August 17, 2009

Dear NIH Family,

This morning I was officially sworn in as the 16th NIH Director, and began the most exciting job imaginable. At the Town Meeting that followed, I had a chance to outline some of my thoughts about the challenges and opportunities that face NIH, and to answer some of your questions. If you were not able to be there or to watch the live videocast, you can see it starting tomorrow at http://videocast.nih.gov/Summary.asp?File=15247.

I want to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to Dr. Raynard Kington, for serving most ably as the Acting Director of NIH since November 1, 2008. Raynard has led the NIH through a tumultuous period with a steady and thoughtful hand. As a result, NIH is truly in superb shape today. I am delighted to announce that Raynard has agreed to step back into the role of NIH Deputy Director, and I will be depending heavily on him for advice and support.

I would also like to express my gratitude to Dr. Larry Tabak, who took on the role of Acting Deputy Director during the last 9 months, and made particularly important contributions to the rapid NIH formulation and implementation of a plan to allocate funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Larry has agreed to continue in this important role, as he returns to a job he never left--the Director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

The greatest asset NIH possesses is not its physical facilities, its high tech equipment, or its $30 billion budget. It is the people of NIH: the staff who work in our intramural and extramural programs, and the grantees that we support. In the coming years I hope to encourage you, learn from you, and be inspired by you—and I promise to devote every bit of my energies to our shared goals of advancing biomedical research, to the benefit of humankind.

With appreciation and admiration for all you do, and all you will do,
Francis

 

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