NIH Director Urges DHMC Clinicians to Make the Case for Research


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“It’s great fun to do science, but we do it for a purpose,” he said. “We have intentions of improving the health of the nation and the world that are quite real. We have to spread that message.”

Collins was at DHMC to deliver the First Annual C. Everett Koop Lecture, co-sponsored by the C. Everett Koop Institute at Dartmouth and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Acknowledging the 90-year-old Dr. Koop, who was in attendance, Collins called him a “national icon” for U.S. public health.

Read the full story at Norris Cotton Cancer Center News.

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