Service to Science Awards Dinner

NDRI Honoring Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health

Francis Collins

Francis Collins

Join us in honoring Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, Director, National Institutes of Health with the D. Walter Cohen, DDS, Service to Science Award!

The Board of Directors of the National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI) is pleased to announce that Francis Collins, MD, PhD, Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH) will be the 2018 recipient of our D. Walter Cohen, DDS Service to Science Award. In his role as Director of the NIH, Dr. Collins oversees the work of the largest supporter of biomedical research in the world, spanning the spectrum from basic to clinical research.

Founded in 1980, the mission of NDRI is to provide human biospecimens to advance biomedical/bioscience research and development worldwide. The progress of scientific research has been revolutionized over the years with the provision and distribution of human biomaterials. The strategic driving force of NDRI has been and continues to be service to science.

In addition to the D. Walter Cohen, DDS, Servcie to Science Award, NDRI will be honoring Service to Science with additional awardees, listed below: 

Service to Science - Champion of Research Recognition Award
United States Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA)

Service to Science – Excellence in Research and Patient Advocacy Award|
Preston W. Campbell, III, President & CEO
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Service to Science – Pharmaceutical Industry Leadership Award
Jeffrey M. Leiden, President & CEO
Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Service to Science - Outstanding Research Donation Partner Award
Sara B. Arvay, MBA, Director of Operations
Magee- Women’s Research Institute and Foundation
Magee Women’s Hospital of UPMC

Service to Science - Outstanding Tissue Procurement Partner Award
Joseph A. DiRienzi, ASCP, Pathologist's Assistant
University of Pennsylvania Medical Center

NDRI's Service to Science Awards Dinner
Thursday, February 1, 2018 | 6:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception | 7:00 p.m. Awards Dinner
The Union League of Philadelphia - Lincoln Hall |140 S. Broad Street  | Philadelphia, PA 19102
Dress Code: Festive Business





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