NHLBI's Claude Lenfant

Science  15 Jun 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5524, pp. 1991
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5524.1991

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The longest tenured NIH institute chief is Claude Lenfant, director for the past 19 years of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Lenfant came to NIH in the early 1970s to run its new lung research program after sending NHLBI a letter on how it should be organized. In 1982 he was promoted to director of NIH's second largest institute, which has a current budget of $2.3 billion.