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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 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. Terry Fry talking to Bo Cooper
Dr. Terry Fry, a research oncologist, talks to Bo Cooper about an upcoming CAR T cell protocol in the NIH Clinical Center. Fry and Cooper, among others, were filmed for the documentary series “First in Human" which aired on Discovery in August 2017. Discovery Channel camera crews were granted unprecedented access to film in Building 10 during 2015 and 2016 to educate the public about the biomedical research enterprise, as reflected in the experiences of doctors, researchers and patients. Photo Courtesy: DISCOVERY (Anna Krebs)
the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) performing at the Clinical Center
The NIH Clinical Center and the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences welcomed the full National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Sept. 21, 2016 to Building 10. The visit marked the NSO's 17th time performing at the Clinical Center as a part of their Sound Health initiative. The initiative, which brings orchestral music to area hospitals and medical centers, was launched at the Clinical Center in September 2013.
Dr. Jonathan Lyons demonstrates research being conducted while being filmed
Dr. Jonathan Lyons, an assistant clinical investigator with the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, demonstrates the cutting-edge research being conducted in laboratories across the Clinical Center, while being filmed by a non-profit organization May 19, 2016.
NIH Directer Dr. Francis Collins and vocalist, actress/producer and cultural icon Barbra Streisand
On May 15, the 2018 J. Edward Rall Cultural lecture brought vocalist, actress/producer and cultural icon Barbra Streisand to NIH to speak about her interest and activism in women's heart health. Streisand toured the NIH Clinical Center and met clinical trial participants. Addressing staff, Streisand said, "My wish for all of you is that your work too will make history that changes our future and that shapes the future where all women and men can live their best possible lives."

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This page last updated on 09/19/2018

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