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Presidential NIH Visits: John F. Kennedy, 1962

Friday, December 18, 2015

Like many visiting scientists of the time, Dr. Joe Hin Tjio and his wife Inga were invited to live on the NIH campus in Building 20. In 1959, the Tjios moved in, largely because "I wanted to remain within walking distance of my lab," he said. Inga added mischievously, "It was because my husband never drove a car!"

Presidential NIH Visits: Lyndon Johnson, 1967

Friday, December 11, 2015

"The cheers of the crowd rose above the roar of the rotors and followed him into the CC. And all the while he was in there, touring the laboratories and addressing the medical community, the crowd waited," reported The NIH Record in 1967.

Presidential NIH Visits: Richard Nixon, 1972

Friday, December 4, 2015

Sometimes you have to go to the president. John S. Millis, chairman of the President's Panel on Heart Disease, and National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI) Director Theodore Cooper met on June 27, 1972 with President Richard Nixon to review the Heart Research Agreement between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. Read more...

Presidential NIH Visits: Gerald Ford, 1975

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

"Over the years, as I was in the Congress, I watched NIH grow into the world's foremost medical research institution," Ford said. "I followed your achievements — the breakthroughs that you have achieved here and in laboratories which you support around the world."

Presidential NIH Visits: Jimmy Carter, 1979

Friday, November 20, 2015

In December 1979, the IRP's Dr. Earl Stadtman, chief of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's (NHLBI) Laboratory of Biochemistry, received the National Medal of Science from President Jimmy Carter.

Presidential NIH Visits: Ronald Reagan, 1987

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

“When President Reagan came to NIH and visited our ward, Phil took him on rounds and was holding a baby who had HIV. He said, ‘Here, Mr. President, why don’t you hold him."

Rare Footage of FDR at NIH

Friday, October 30, 2015

On October 31, 1940, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt traveled to Bethesda to dedicate the National Cancer Institute and the new campus of what was then the National Institute of Health (NIH), before it would eventually become known in plural form—National Institutes of Health—as multiple units were established over subsequent years.


Presidential NIH Visits: George H.W. Bush, 1990

Friday, October 23, 2015

Children surround President George H.W. Bush at the opening of the NIH Children’s Inn on June 21, 1990.

Presidential NIH Visits: Bill Clinton, 1999

Friday, October 16, 2015

The NIH is "one of America's great citadels of hope, not only for our people, but also for the world," said President Bill Clinton at the dedication of the Dale and Betty Bumpers Vaccine Research Center (VRC) on June 9, 1999.

Presidential NIH Visits: George W. Bush, 2003

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Presidents usually visit for happy occasions, but February 3, 2003, President George W. Bush described Project BioShield, a plan for research and production of drugs to combat bioterrorism.