Media Advisory

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins to provide NIH’s response to the Institute of Medicine report addressing the scientific need for the use of chimpanzees in research


Telebriefing by NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. to provide NIH's response and answer questions.

The report is currently under embargo until Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 at 11 a.m.


NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.


Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, 12:30 p.m. EST


Reporters should call: 800-619-4423 and enter passcode: 4490132.

For those unable to participate, the briefing will be available on replay approximately one hour after briefing concludes. For replay, dial: 800-685-1821.

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