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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Sara Alden

NIH Director Provides One-Year Update on Strategy to Accelerate Medical Research
NIH Roadmap — One Year of Progress

What: National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D., and members of NIH Senior Staff will brief the press and representatives of scientific and health organizations about new NIH Roadmap for Medical Research projects and fiscal year 2005 initiatives. Following the briefing, Dr. Zerhouni and others will take questions from the audience.

One year after launching the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research, the NIH has made significant progress toward accelerating the pace of discovery, encouraging many more new applications, and drawing researchers into the field.

Among the new research projects are:
  • Innovative programs to train clinical researchers

  • NIH Director’s Pioneer Awards

  • A nationwide interconnected network of bio-computing centers

  • Research tools and technologies available to all researchers

Numerous NIH Roadmap initiatives are currently being developed and will be discussed at the briefing.

When: Thursday, October 14, 2004, 10:00 a.m.
Where: National Institutes of Health
NIH Clinical Center, Building 10
Lipsett Amphitheater

Members of the press and public may view the live Webcast at: http://www.capconcorp.com/roadmap2004/webcast.asp.
Webcast viewers may submit questions in advance to nihroadmap@nih.gov by Wednesday, October 13, 5:00 p.m. EST.

Register: Please register on-line at http://www.capconcorp.com/roadmap2004/.

The NIH Roadmap for Medical Research is a series of far-reaching initiatives designed to transform the Nation's medical research capabilities and speed the movement of scientific discoveries from the bench to the bedside. Additional information about the NIH Roadmap can be found at http://nihroadmap.nih.gov.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research. NIH is comprised of 27 institutes and centers and investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information on the NIH, please visit the NIH Web site at http://www.nih.gov.

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