The following is a statement from Association of American Universities President Barbara R. Snyder about the confirmation of Monica Bertagnolli as the next director of the National Institutes of Health:
I applaud the Senate for voting today to confirm Monica Bertagnolli as the director of the National Institutes of Health. As I noted when she was first nominated, Bertagnolli is an innovative leader in oncology clinical research who has, for decades, championed collaborative initiatives to expand access to care and promoted strategies to improve clinical research data infrastructure. She is well-known to AAU and our member institutions and is extremely well-suited to lead the NIH.
We at AAU understand that representation in leadership is key to advancing diversity and equity in scientific fields, and I am so pleased that Bertagnolli will be the second woman to lead this critical agency. AAU looks forward to working with Bertagnolli to continue promoting advances in science and medicine and improving the health of all Americans.
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