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Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D.

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Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D.
NIH Director


Welcome to the National Institutes of Health. At NIH, we are dedicated to improving the health of Americans by conducting and funding medical research.

We also train scientists, and communicate medical and health sciences information to patients, their families, health care providers and the general public.

NIH guides America's efforts in medical research. Our goal is to uncover new knowledge that will help prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat disease and disability, from the common cold to the rarest genetic disorder.

Our investment in understanding such diseases as AIDS, diabetes, heart disease and cancer returns dividends in longer, healthier, and safer lives.

We continue to make major inroads in fighting humanity's most enduring illnesses. And we are working to confront new threats to our health and safety, like bioterrorism.

We encourage you to explore the wealth of medical research on the NIH Web site and to learn more about our world-class research, scientists, and programs.

Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D.

Biographical Sketch

NIH Director, Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D., leads the nation’s medical research agency and oversees the NIH’s 27 Institutes and Centers with more than 17,000 employees and a fiscal year 2004 budget of over $28 billion. Read the full bio sketch >

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Interviews and Articles

Financial Conflicts of Interest and the NIHNew England Journal of Medicine, January 22, 2004
  "Transparency — full light on any relationship — is one of the best protections against any real or perceived conflict of interest," said Zerhouni. "How you accomplish that is first on the agenda."
The NIH RoadmapScience, October 3, 2003
  "As science grows more complex, it is also converging on a set of unifying principles that link apparently disparate diseases through common biological pathways and therapeutic approaches. Today, NIH research needs to reflect this new reality."
Elias Zerhouni: Living in Interesting TimesThe NIH Catalyst, January-February 2003
  "In the entire scientific spectrum, it is the life sciences that are the grand challenge for now and the foreseeable future. We need to make discoveries at a more rapid pace because time is of the essence when you consider the aging of the population, the growth of our health expenditures, and the new threats that are emerging."  
Zerhouni Plots 'Roadmap for Action' For NIH Future The NIH Record, September 17, 2002
  "I think it's important initially, when you take on a new job, to focus 100 percent on the new job, build teams, have appropriate interactions with the IC directors and all of the management team, set up some operating principles, and become also a spokesman for NIH, across many constituencies."  


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