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Office of Communications & Media Relations

The Office of Communications and Media Relations (OCMR) shares timely, accurate and important information about the Clinical Center's scientific advances, patient experiences and services, educational and collaborative opportunities and clinical research initiatives which improve patient care and benefit human health.

Patients have called the Clinical Center the "House of Hope." We'll help you understand why.

Examples of OCMR activities include:

  • Serving as the "go-to" office for all reporter inquiries, photography and filming requests related to the Clinical Center.

  • Producing a variety of quality, informative publications ranging from the hospital's newsletter to its annual report.

  • Supporting development of materials that are key to our patients' experience and safety, such as nutritional information, patient handbooks and educational materials for patients about their care and condition.

  • Creating innovative digital content and engaging with patients and their caregivers, the NIH community, outside researchers and other stakeholders through apps, social media and the website.

  • Promoting stimulating lectures on cutting edge science, including Clinical Center Grand Rounds and the NIH Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series, as well as special events such as National Symphony Orchestra concerts in the Clinical Center's grand atrium, which contribute to the hospital's unique environment of care.

Dr. Harvey Alter
Dr. Harvey Alter, a Senior Scholar at the NIH Clinical Center's Department of Transfusion Medicine, is a co-winner of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his contributions to the discovery of the hepatitis C virus. He shares the award with Michael Houghton, Ph.D., University of Alberta, Canada, and Charles M. Rice, Ph.D., Rockefeller University, New York City.
 
The NIH Clinical Center and the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences welcomed the full National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Sept. 26, 2019, to Building 10.
The NIH Clinical Center and the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences welcomed the full National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Sept. 26, 2019, to Building 10. The visit is a part of the NSO Sound Health Initiative, which brings orchestral music to area hospitals and medical centers. It was launched at the Clinical Center in September 2013. View upcoming music in the atrium performances.
 
Inside the NIH Clinical Center's Rehabilitation Medicine Department, a team of doctors, engineers, technicians, and physical therapists have gathered to map the brain activity of a two-year-old clinical trial participant named Ethan.
Inside the NIH Clinical Center's Rehabilitation Medicine Department, a team of doctors, engineers, technicians, and physical therapists have gathered to map the brain activity of a two-year-old clinical trial participant named Ethan. View the June 2019 Washingtonian piece, and additional examples of the Clinical Center in the News. Photo Credit: Lauren Bulbin
 
NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins receiving the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine Dec. 22, 2020
Originally installed when the CRC opened in 2004, the north lobby revolving door, through which hundreds of thousands of hope-seeking patients and their loved ones, dedicated staff (including Lasker and Nobel winners), world leaders and world-famous icons and athletes, first enter the NIH Clinical Center, was replaced in Spring 2021. The Office of Communications and Media Relations teamed with Facilities to put up temporary panels to cover the construction work. The pictured panel was a photo of NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins receiving the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine Dec. 22, 2020.

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This page last updated on 11/22/2021

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