The NIH Record

May 18, 1999
Vol. LI, No. 10

Reminiscences from the
NIH Record's First Editor

Murray To Give
Kreshover Lecture

1999 Research Festival Set,
Oct. 5-8, Poster Submission Available Online

NIH Asian Cultural Program, May 28

STEP Forum on 'Genes, Environment, Disease'

NIDDK Sponsors
Annual Hepatitis C Meeting

Workshops Seek
Clues to Health Disparities

NIMH Forum
Promotes Collaboration

Gustafsson Gives
WALS Talk, May 19

Core Centers for Musculoskeletal Disorders

News Briefs




Study Subjects Sought

U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services

National Institutes of Health

NIH Record Archives

New Advisory Group Meets for First Time
COPR Provides New Forum for Interacting with Public

By Carla Garnett

NIH director Dr. Harold Varmus (second from l) convenes the first meeting of new advisory group.

Less than a year after considering ways to add more public input and participation to the agency's activities, NIH director Dr. Harold Varmus convened the first meeting of the newly formed Council of Public Representatives (COPR, pronounced "copper") on Apr. 21. On the director's fast track to implementation since last July, COPR went from conception to fruition in fewer than 10 months. Ideally, the council will provide NIH with 20 more ambassadors to and from U.S. communities, groups and individuals who may not be familiar with the agency, its mission and the fruits of its research investment.
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A 'Center without Walls'
Intramural HIV Vaccine Work Moves Forward

By Rich McManus

The metaphor of a "center without walls," born 2 years ago in Wilson Hall when NIH director Dr. Harold Varmus apprised the intramural community of President Clinton's challenge to create an HIV vaccine within a decade, has acquired a new adherent in Dr. Gary Nabel, who became VRC director Apr. 11.
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