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Breaking Down Barriers: NIH Celebrates New National Neuroscience Research Center

For release: Tuesday, January 23, 2001

At a special event held at the National Institutes of Health on January 4, more than 150 principal investigators from nine institutes--the first gathering of its type--heard NINDS Director Gerald D. Fischbach, M.D., and Steven Hyman, M.D., director of NIMH, describe their vision of a new intellectual framework for joint efforts in neuroscience research. The new National Neuroscience Research Center, which will be built on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland, will support that vision through shared, flexible space, easy traffic flow, and ample areas for interaction among scientists and with the public, architect Rafael Vinoly explained. US Representative John Edward Porter attended the event and reflected on his longstanding interest in promoting collaboration among NIH Institutes and his conviction that NIH must always strive to inform the public about its research efforts and advances. The building will be named in honor of Porter.

Photo of NIH directors at NNRC celebration

Photo caption: US Representative John Edward Porter (far left) , recently retired chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, and Education, and a major force behind the recent NIH budget growth, discusses plans for the new NIH National Neuroscience Research Center with (from left) Drs. Gerald Fischbach, Steven Hyman and Alan Leshner, directors of NINDS, NIMH and NIDA, respectively.

Last Modified August 7, 2009