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NIH Clinical Center Receives Prestigious Public Service Award

The NIH Clinical Center, the clinical research hospital at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., was honored with the 2011 Lasker~Bloomberg Public Service Award. John I. Gallin, M.D., director of the NIH Clinical Center, accepted the award on September 23 at a ceremony in New York City.  The award citation reads:

For serving since its inception as a model research hospital — providing innovative therapy and high-quality patient care, treating rare and severe diseases, and producing outstanding physician-scientists whose collective work has set a standard of excellence in biomedical research.

Researchers with the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) Division of Intramural Research contribute to this important body of work, using the Clinical Center facilities to conduct studies in the areas of hearing, balance, voice, speech, language, smell, and taste. NIDCD research currently being conducted at the NIH Clinical Center is exploring: stuttering genetics, tinnitus, speech motor control, enlarged vestibular aqueducts, hereditary disorders of hearing and balance, auditory perceptual disorder, and language delay. To learn about inclusion criteria for these and other studies, call the NIH Patient Recruitment line at (800) 411-1222.

Since 1945, the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation has recognized outstanding advances in medical research that exemplify a new standard for excellence with revolutionary consequences for medical science knowledge and practice. The Public Service Award honors those who have helped make possible the federal legislation and funding that support research, and who have created public communication, public health, and advocacy programs of major importance.

For more information on the NIH Clinical Center visit their website at http://clinicalcenter.nih.gov. For a list of NIDCD studies currently recruiting for volunteers at the NIH Clinical Center, visit this website.