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NIDCD Participates in Porter Neuroscience Center Dedication and Symposium
NIDCD Director James F. Battey, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.,
flanked by NINDS and NIMH Directors Story
Landis, Ph.D., (L) and Thomas Insel, M.D. (R)
At a standing room only event, scientists, industry and advocacy leaders, and members of Congress celebrated the dedication of one of the world’s largest neuroscience facilities—the John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center—on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, Maryland. NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., and former Rep. John Edward Porter were joined by family members, friends, and colleagues from both Congress and industry. The new building, a state-of-the-art laboratory structure, will be home to 85 principal investigators from 10 NIH institutes and centers and will house some 800 scientists. Speakers at the event included Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Il), and NIDCD Director James F. Battey, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., who expressed gratitude that the new building now allows, for the first time in the NIDCD’s 25-year history, all of the Institute’s scientists to work together on the NIH campus, fostering collaborations among NIDCD researchers as well as with other NIH researchers. NIDCD Scientific Director Andrew Griffith, M.D., Ph.D., led the Porter family on a tour through some of the new NIDCD labs prior to the dedication ceremony.
Mr. Porter was a member of the House Appropriations Committee, chair of the subcommittee that funds NIH, and a staunch supporter of biomedical research and the NIH mission. He is now chair of Research!America and vice chair of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.
In addition to the dedication ceremony, NIH also hosted a 2-day scientific symposium on March 31-April 1 to bring together top neuroscience experts from across the U.S., as well as more than a dozen scientists who will now be conducting research in the Porter building. Speakers included NIDCD scientists, Matthew Kelley, Ph.D., and Thomas Friedman, Ph.D., whose laboratories are now housed in the Porter building.