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Shrugging Off Doubters, NIH Launches a New Institute

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Science  10 Jan 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5604, pp. 193-194
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5604.193

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When Congress created the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) 2 years ago, there were arguments that it would balkanize research at the National Institutes of Health. Now NIBIB has a permanent director, and its first advisory board is meeting next week. But NIBIB is still struggling to win over critics, define its priorities, and reassure jittery scientists that their grant proposals won't fall in the cracks between institutes.