December 2021 CC News


December 2021


Clinical Center informed consent process goes digital

Department of Transfusion Medicine leads two days of blood science symposia

NIH Clinical Center wins 2021 Grace award

Obesity shown to be a significant factor in COVID-19 complications

Music in the Atrium carries on

Virtual and vital: Camp Fantastic reaches kids with cancer

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New game introduces youngest patients to the Clinical Center


Kavya Nadella voices the narration of the Treasure Tour game

Collins Steps Down as NIH Director

Treasure Tour is designed to be a fun and interactive game. Players can customize their character and explore the hospital before visiting in person. It can be played on web-based platforms and downloaded to iOS devices in the App Store or to Android devices in the Google Play Store.

“At the NIH Clinical Center we want to make every effort to ensure children and their families coming to receive treatment feel comfortable and can navigate the hospital with ease,” said NIH Clinical Center CEO James K. Gilman.

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Dr. Francis Collins

Francis Collins playing piano in June 2020

Dr. Francis S. Collins announced he would be stepping down as NIH Director by the end of 2021. Collins served for over 12 years, becoming the longest tenured director since the 1950s.

As a physician-geneticist, he was noted for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the international Human Genome Project.

Less known was his quiet compassion and love of music. Occasionally, without fanfare, he would come to the NIH Clinical Center’s atrium and play the piano to brighten the mood and promote tranquility for patients, staff and visitors.

Science, society and lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic

Dr. Ashish Jha

Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the School of Public Health at Brown University

In addition to being a public health challenge, pandemics are also an economic and social challenge. This was Dr. Ashish K. Jha's opening message during the Contemporary Clinical Medicine: Great Teachers Lecture on September 8, when he laid out several lessons learned from this pandemic and suggested some solutions.

Dr. Jha is recognized as a global expert on pandemic preparedness and response. As an accomplished physician, health policy researcher and global health advocate, he has contributed his expertise to the public through appearances with local, national and global news outlets. He has also advised mayors, governors and members of Congress on the pandemic response. Jha recently ended his term as faculty director of the Harvard Global Health Institute to become the dean of the School of Public Health at Brown University.

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