Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Message from Dr. Zerhouni to nonprofit advocacy organizations

Message from Dr. Zerhouni to nonprofit advocacy organizations - please pass on at his request‏

24 September 2008 17:35:18

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Today, with mixed feelings, I wrote to inform NIH scientists, administrators, staff, contractors, and trainees that at the end of October, I will be leaving NIH to explore new opportunities and to devote my attention to several writing projects.

I wanted to also thank and recognize the commitment and tireless efforts of the non profit organizations like yours that help NIH accomplish the great work that it does. For over six years, I have enjoyed and benefited from your thoughtfulness, dedication, and devotion to our shared mission: to make a difference in the nation’s health through the discovery of new knowledge. Together, we have faced great challenges posed by the unique times in which we live and where there are profound changes and shifts in the scientific environment, Government, and the world.

Each one of you is among the most extraordinary, committed group of individuals with which I have ever interacted. Whenever NIH asks for your ideas, input, suggestions, and, participation, you answer the call, regardless of the nature and the complexity of the question, concern, or issue under discussion. You have every right to share credit for the agency’s achievements as you form a unique and essential component of our success. It is also because of you that NIH is one of the true “wonders of the world” and takes such a prominent place in rankings of Federal agencies.

NIH is the “Nation’s Medical Research Agency,” and with your continued guidance, support, and volunteerism, the agency will remain on the leading edge of health, medical, and scientific advancement. Our continued success depends on nothing less. I want to sincerely thank you for your kind support during my tenure.

Please feel free to distribute this message to your officers, advisors, and members.

Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D.

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