|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.
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for setting policy for NIH, which includes 27 Institutes and Centers.
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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
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and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both
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