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NIGMS Director Testifies before Congress

Dr. Jon Lorsch's testimony to Senate Appropriations Committee


On October 7, 2015, the Senate Committee on Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services Subcommittee held a hearing entitled “National Institutes of Health: Investing in a Healthier Future.”  Dr. Jon Lorsch, Director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) testified during the hearing on the Institutional Developmental Award (IDeA) Program's best practices and their utility as national models.  


In reference to IDeA, Committee member Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), pictured left, called it "a smart, successful program” during the hearing. 

Dr. Lorsch highlighted practices he witnessed during a  2015 visit to West Virginia, resource sharing and training young investigators, as the program's top priorities going forward.

During his testimony, Dr. Lorsch went on to reference a 2015 study from researchers at the University of Nevada School of Medicine entitled 'Prediction of junior faculty success in biomedical research: Comparison of metrics and effects of mentoring programs.'  Results from this study showed that young investigators who are trained under the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) program are three times as likely to succeed in a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) field than those who do not participate.


National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins also testified before the committee. 

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