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Vice President Biden Lauds NHLBI Investigators for Recovery Act-funded Research

Office of the Director - September 9, 2010

Vice President Biden shakes hands with Dr. Schloss while Dr. Roth looks on
Vice President Joseph Biden (left) with Jeff Schloss, Ph.D. (middle) program director at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), and Carl Roth, Ph.D., LL.M., (right) acting deputy director of the NHLBI.

On Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, six investigators supported by funds allocated to the NHLBI under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act were invited to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House grounds to hear Vice President Joseph Biden extol their role in fostering the innovation that will contribute to the long-term economic health of the United States—one of the primary goals of the Recovery Act.

The event was held to announce the availability of a report on Recovery Act-enabled innovation, titled, The Recovery Act: Transforming the American Economy Through Innovation. Vice President Biden was introduced by Secretary of Energy and Nobel Prize winner Steven Chu, Ph.D. The attending NHLBI-supported investigators were:

  • Nadia Ahmad, Ph.D., Research Scientist
    Center for Patient Care and Outcomes Research, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Deborah Nickerson, Ph.D., Professor of Genome Sciences
    University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Usha Raj, M.D., Professor
    University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Eric Schmidt, M.D., Assistant Professor
    Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine, University of Colorado
  • Bryan J. Williams, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor
    University of Minnesota School of Medicine
  • Pamela L. Zeitlin, M.D., Ph.D., Professor
    Johns Hopkins University

Carl Roth, Ph.D., LL.M., acting deputy director of the NHLBI, and Sonia Skarlatos, Ph.D., deputy director of the NHLBI Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, represented the NHLBI at the event.

A video clip from Vice President Biden's remarks to the researchers can be seen below:


Vice President Joseph Biden praises the work of Recovery-Act supported researchers at the White House on August 24, 2010. Click the up arrow and then the CC button in the video player to turn captions on/off.

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