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NIH, Under Pressure, Boosts Minority Health Research

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Science  28 Apr 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5466, pp. 596-597
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5466.596

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Advocates complain that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) isn't doing enough to address minority health issues, and last week the institutes hosted a meeting to discuss how to rectify the situation. Participants heard NIH officials describe an institutes-wide review currently under way to intensify its efforts, for example, by recruiting more minorities into clinical trials. Also in the works is a controversial proposal in Congress to elevate NIH's Office of Research on Minority Health to a full-fledged center--a change that would foster minority-related health research by giving it both greater visibility and the power to fund its own projects.