This is actually a 3 day event beginning Friday the 7th imageand ends on Sunday the 9th.  The celebration is to honor accomplishments made in the break throughs of drugs, research and more.  The NIH needs the money provided by Congress to keep the movement going and recognition sometimes for accomplishments are not always credited or maybe made visible enough to where individuals who work hard and diligent for the sake of mankind get recognition. 

You can take a look at the listing of participants and there’s quite a listing of who’s who to include members of Congress to all types of companies and government executives who will be present.  In addition there’s a page that lists the organizations involved with either attending or the activities of the program itself.  The big award evening will be Saturday evening at the Kennedy Center. When you look at the events listed for each day you can see a number of topics that include HIV, Imaging in healthcare, care for wounded soldiers, incentives for bioscience, the importance of philanthropy and more.  Some discussions and issues include financing defining targets an area to which the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation works with all the time with where best to spend their money

Bill and Melinda Gates–Talk to Al Jazeera On How They Are Trying To Help People Around the World With the Foundation and Themselves

Of course you could not have a celebration like this without the mention of the tremendous break throughs in the field of Oncology and the drugs and treatments for cancer.  When you look back 20 years ago what we have today via research and funding is astonishing and people are living longer and becoming “cancer survivors”.  

On the second part of the headlines the NFL today is making a $30 million dollar donation to imagethe NIH to be used to research brain injuries and this is logical of course to their cause as how many football players suffer from from this during their career or have injuries surface later after retirement.  When you think about this donation for brain injuries and the research it would also serve to state that our US soldiers could benefit here as well with this research as too many of them return from battle with such injuries who didn’t have a career in football.  BD 

From the website:

”The Celebration of Science, September 7-9 in Washington, DC, will be an intensive three days focused on jumpstarting a new era of scientific discovery. We'll highlight the economic and social benefits of scientific research and how it improves lives around the world. image
The weekend will include panels and brief presentations, a full day of activities on the campus of the National Institutes of Health and a FasterCures working meeting on accelerating innovation in the biosciences. On Saturday we'll host a special evening at the Kennedy Center to honor several individuals who have made outsized contributions to science, including performances by popular entertainers.

Participants will include about 1,000 current and former elected officials, heads of government agencies, major philanthropists, leaders of academic research centers, patient advocacy groups, distinguished scientists and industry CEOs”.

What: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Milken Institute/FasterCures host A Celebration of Science with panels about the NIH impact on health and the economy and short talks by national leaders in government, industry, university research, and patients.

Who: NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Milken Institute Chairman Michael Milken, congressional members, researchers, patients, and caregivers will share their personal and scientific insights on the power of biomedical research.

When: Saturday, September 8, 2012, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. ET

Where: Natcher Auditorium on the NIH Campus, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD. NIH Visitor’s Map:

A Celebration of Science: NIH Day Event is jointly sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the Milken Institute and is part of a three-day Milken Institute Celebration of Science Event:

About FasterCures

FasterCures, the Milken Institute's Center for Accelerating Medical Solutions, is a nonprofit think tank and catalyst for action that imageworks across sectors and diseases to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the medical research enterprise - so that we can speed up the time it takes to get important new medicines from discovery to patients. Our name is our mission. For more information, visit

About Milken Institute

A nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank, the Milken Institute believesimage in the power of capital markets to solve urgent social and economic challenges. Its mission is to improve lives around the world by advancing innovative economic and policy solutions that create jobs, widen access to capital and enhance health.


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