Last week, NHLBI staff gathered together as a community in a Town Hall meeting that served as a brief introduction about who I am and why I am delighted to take the leadership helm of this great organization.
The meeting initiated an ongoing, community-wide conversation about our common commitment to the NHLBI mission of public service as well as our shared values to make a difference in the health of all communities. My presentation highlighted the NHLBI's proud legacy of scientific stewardship as well as its most valuable asset—the NHLBI staff. We also shared a familiar success story of the NHLBI that chronicles the enduring principles that will sustain our legacy of excellence as we shape the future together.
The meeting included a frank dialogue about the fiscal and scientific challenges that we must confront as a community. We initiated a conversation about the need for us to function as a "learning organization" that adapts to a changing environment by becoming more strategic, efficient, and effective in managing our portfolio with the resources at hand.
Yet, despite our current circumstances, we shared a collective excitement about the unprecedented scientific opportunities for research investment that lie within our grasp. We are emboldened to seize this moment of opportunity to invest in innovations that will create tomorrow's breakthroughs on behalf of the next generation.
We would like to share this meeting with all of you, our core stakeholders and extended NHLBI community members.
You can watch the video below or at http://videocast.nih.gov/summary.asp?Live=11684 (45 minutes).