Sen. Moran to Host National Institutes of Health Director in Kansas

230px-Jerry_Moran,_official_portrait,_112th_CongressSen. Moran to Host National Institutes of Health Director in Kansas
Visit includes meeting with university researchers across the state, Sen. Moran recognition by the Science Coalition, and research update at the University of Kansas Medical Center

MONDAY, APRIL 14

What:      U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) will host National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis Collins in Kansas on Monday, April 14, 2014, to highlight biomedicine and bioscience initiatives in the state. NIH is the largest source of funding for medical research in the world, supporting thousands of scientists in universities and research institutions in every state across the country. More than 80 percent of the NIH’s budget goes to more than 300,000 research personnel at over 2,500 universities and research institutions.

As NIH Director, Dr. Collins oversees the work of the largest supporter of biomedical research in the world. He is a physician-geneticist noted for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the international Human Genome Project, which culminated in April 2003 with the completion of a finished sequence of the human DNA instruction book. Dr. Collins served as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the NIH from 1993-2008.  He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2007, and received the National Medal of Science in 2009.

Who:                           U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.)

Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the National Institutes of Health
Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, University of Kansas
Douglas Girod, M.D., University of Kansas Medical Center Executive Vice Chancellor

Notes:  *Media are invited to attend the Champion of Science Award Presentation and the press availabilities. Questions may be directed to Katie Niederee.

When/Where:            8-9:15 a.m.
Kansas Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Program Presentation
Sen. Moran and KU Chancellor Gray-Little will host Dr. Collins at a presentation of Kansas’ NIH IDeA program. The IDeA program broadens the geographic distribution of NIH support for biomedical research by fostering research at institutions located in states that have historically been underrepresented in NIH research participation. The following Kansas universities were invited to participate in this presentation: the University of Kansas, Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Haskell Indian Nations University, Kansas State University, Pittsburg State University, Wichita State University and Washburn University.

*9:30-10:40 a.m.
The Science Coalition “Champion of Science” Award Presentation

Sen. Moran will receive the Champion of Science Award from the Science Coalition, a nonprofit organization of more than 50 of the nation’s top research universities, including KU. The award recognizes members of Congress for their support of science research conducted at universities and national labs across the country. The award will be presented by KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little on behalf of the Science Coalition. Dr. Collins will deliver keynote remarks at the event.

*10:45-11 a.m.
Press Availability with Sen. Moran, Dr. Collins and Chancellor Gray-Little University of Kansas Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics — Hansen Hall 2350 Petefish Drive; Lawrence, KS 66045

Noon-1:25 p.m.
University of Kansas Medical Center Research Update and Tour
Sen. Moran and Dr. Collins will meet with University of Kansas Medical Center researchers to discuss current research initiatives, including the Kansas Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Research CenterFrontiers: The Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, and Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation.

*1:30-2 p.m.
Press Availability with Sen. Moran, Dr. Collins and Dr. Girod

University of Kansas Medical Center
Robert Hemenway Life Sciences Innovation Center — Beller Conference Room
3901 Rainbow Blvd.; Kansas City, KS 66160