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Monday, May 4, 2015

NIH Dedicates Lowell P. Weicker Building


The National Institutes of Health will dedicate Building 4 in honor of Lowell P. Weicker, Jr., the former U.S. Senator and former Governor of Connecticut. In 1970, Weicker was elected to the U.S. Senate where he served for three terms, from 1971 to 1989. Weicker served as chairman of the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee from 1983 to 1986. During his tenure, he successfully protected and defended the NIH budget and increased the appropriation for the NIH. Weicker was instrumental in helping to increase awareness and funding for NIH research to combat HIV/AIDS in the early days of the epidemic in the 1980s. He saw the importance of government involvement in research, prevention, education, and treatment and was deeply concerned about the impact this disease was having on our most vulnerable populations. During his tenure as chairman of the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee AIDS funding grew from $61 million in 1984 to $925 million in 1988. Senator Weicker played a notable role in obtaining funding for NIH to conduct clinical trials on HIV/AIDS treatments including AZT, which was the first effective drug used in the treatment of HIV infection. He also sponsored the Protection and Advocacy for the Mentally Ill Act in 1985 and in 1988 introduced legislation that would become the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. EDT


Lowell P. Weicker, Jr.; Former Senator (R-Connecticut) and Former Governor (I-Connecticut)
Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.; Director, National Institutes of Health
Anthony S. Fauci, M.D.; Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Tom Harkin; Former Senator (D-Iowa)

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