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Congressman John Edward Fogarty: a good life

March / April 2013 | Volume 12, Issue 2

On the steps of the U.S. Capitol Congressman Fogarty holds his young daughter and a boquet of flowers
Photo courtesy of the
Fogarty Family

Rep. John Edward Fogarty was a
champion for NIH and for the
value of medical research.

"I think that this matter of expanding research is one, perhaps the one, truly global effort in which all nations can and will join us as real partners."

-Congressman John Edward Fogarty
Congressional Record, 1959

Scientists, health advocates, family and friends of the late Rep. John Edward Fogarty gathered recently in Providence, R.I. to mark the centennial of his birth.

Fogarty Director Dr. Roger I. Glass provided an historical perspective of Rep. Fogarty's role as a champion for NIH and for the value of medical research. Under his leadership of the House subcommittee with responsibility for health funding, the NIH budget escalated from $37 million in 1949 to $1.24 billion in 1967, Glass noted. Shortly after Fogarty's sudden death in 1967, Congress acted to establish the John E. Fogarty International Center in his memory.

Since then, the Center has served as a bridge between NIH and the global health community, facilitating exchanges among investigators, providing training opportunities and supporting promising research initiatives in developing countries. It's provided significant research training to more than 5,000 scientists worldwide.

The celebration was hosted by the Fogarty Foundation, a charity established in 1964 by Rep. Fogarty to provide services to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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