The NIH Record

December 14, 1999
Vol. LI, No. 25

NINDS, Parkinson's Advocates Testify Before Congress

Community Enjoys Health Forum

STEP Session on Stem Cells

Last-Minute Y2K Information

Letters to the Editor

News Briefs

New Appointments




Study Subjects Sought

U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services

National Institutes of Health

NIH Record Archives

Trillions in Philanthropy Forecast
Choppin Asserts Role for Private Support of Biomedicine

By Rich McManus

Dr. Purnell W. Choppin (l) accepts plaque commemorating his talk from NIHAA president Dr. William I. Gay.

The billionaire down the block — the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, barely a mile down Jones Bridge Rd. from NIH — sent an emissary Nov. 17 for the third annual James A. Shannon Lecture sponsored by the NIH Alumni Association. Dr. Purnell Choppin, a virologist who has been president of HHMI since 1987 and who is stepping down from that post at the end of December, assured an audience in Masur Auditorium that HHMI's work "can only be complementary (to NIH's role) and incremental. We are not a substitute."
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NIH Gets Second Major Budget Boost in Row

President Clinton signed an omnibus budget bill on Nov. 29 that gives NIH its second record-breaking budget increase in a row. The FY 2000 appropriation for NIH is $17,913,470,000, an increase of more than $2.3 billion from FY 1999, and about $1.98 billion more than the President's budget, which called for a 2 percent increase for the agency. The 14.9 percent boost for FY 2000 matches the 14.9 increase realized in FY 1999, which represented NIH's biggest dollar increase ever.
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