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Dr. Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D, director of the National Institutes of Health, announced the release of the Biennial Report of the Director, NIH, for fiscal years 2008 and 2009. The report provides an integrated portrait of NIH research activities, making it easy for Congress, advocates and patient groups and the general public to understand the many activities of the agency. This is the second report under the mandate in the NIH Reform Act, which reinvented the NIH Biennial as a consolidated report, replacing many disparate ones. Now on NIH’s website, the report will be available in print this fall.

The report contains an assessment of the state of biomedical and behavioral research organized by disease category, investigative approach, and resource. To ensure that the document reflects the work of all 27 institutes and centers, 16 trans-NIH teams gathered, reviewed, and organized information into a standardized format.

“When I began my tenure as NIH director a little more than one year ago, I restated our collective commitment to be as transparent as possible,” said Dr. Collins. “We have worked to make the NIH Biennial Report a key resource for NIH’s partners, collaborators and constituents — including members of Congress and their staff persons — to help keep them informed about what the agency is doing and why we are doing it.”

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