2015 Annual Report Selected Highlights

Welcome

John I. Gallin, MD

Throughout the past year, the NIH Clinical Center made remarkable contributions to medical discoveries in important new ways, while launching initiatives that reflect our commitment to being a model hospital for patient care and safety, as well as training. I believe we stand taller than ever as a "House of Hope" for the nation and, in many respects, for the world.

In 2014, the NIH Clinical Center built on its proud history of tackling the world's toughest public health challenges, for example emerging at the forefront of addressing the Ebola crisis. The report details how the Clinical Center's unique isolation facility, known as the Special Clinical Studies Unit, enables state-of-the-art care for patients with Ebola who are participating in research protocols to mitigate this deadly outbreak. Also, the Clinical Center is supporting the work of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases with the launch of first-in-the-world human clinical trials of two promising Ebola vaccines.

While the Ebola crisis thrust us into the spotlight, achievement abounded in countless other ways. We expanded use of genetic mapping and sophisticated diagnostic tools, with the goal to better understand not just how to manage and treat chronic diseases, but to undertake interventions that prevent diseases. Also, our exciting new partnership program between intramural and extramural researchers is gaining momentum while our training programs grow and diversify. With their unparalleled expertise and tireless dedication, our staff earned renown from prestigious medical societies throughout the world. I invite you to peruse the pages ahead to learn more about a year rich in accomplishment.

The health challenges we face change over time, but the Clinical Center's resolve to fight them never diminishes. Our strategies evolve and we embrace innovation and more efficient powerful technologies, but our core commitment to providing safe, top notch patient care and excellent training to new researchers remains steadfast.

John I. Gallin, MD
Director, NIH Clinical Center

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