Media Availability Following Briefing for Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin on the Bayview Biomedical Research Center
Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) and
Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) will visit the National Institutes
of Health’s Biomedical Research Center (BRC) on the
Johns Hopkins Bayview campus in Baltimore, Maryland on
Monday, June 2, 2008.
The BRC houses major components of the intramural research
programs of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The BRC consists
of approximately 500,000 gross square feet of laboratory,
vivarium and administrative space, and houses nearly 1,000
scientists and support staff for both basic and clinical
At the NIA, researchers in the new facility will pursue
a broad-based program centered around critical issues regarding
the general biology of aging and age-associated diseases
and disabilities. Specific areas of focus include genetic
determinants of age; animal studies of caloric restrictions
in the development and potential prevention of disease;
and investigations of stability of personality in adulthood
Scientists at the NIDA plan to pursue research directions
related to the identification of genes that contribute
to drug addiction; development and use of neuroimaging
techniques — such as PET, MRI and functional MRI — to
better understand the neurological components that contribute
to drug abuse, addiction, and other compulsive disorders;
and the exploration of effective treatments for adolescent
smokers, particularly in minority populations.
||Monday, June 2, 2008 at noon.
The Johns Hopkins Bayview campus in Baltimore,
Institute on Drug Abuse Conference Room #2
||Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), Senator
Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D., NIH Director,
and other senior NIH officials.
|Note to Editors:
Credentialed press interested in
a tour prior to the press briefing should
arrive at the Biomedical Research Center by 11:15 a.m. Public
affairs staff will register credentialed press. For
television crews or reporters who wish to drive, please
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) — The Nation's
Medical Research Agency — includes 27 Institutes and Centers
and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
It is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting basic,
clinical and translational medical research, and it investigates
the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases.
For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.