By Andrea Frydl, Contributing Writer
Rep. John Delaney (D-Md., 6th District) visited the NCI Campus at Frederick on October 21 to learn more about the research that scientists at NCI at Frederick are doing on breast cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Shyam Sharan, Ph.D., head, Genetics of Cancer Susceptibility Section, Mouse Cancer Genetics Program, NCI Center for Cancer Research, presented recent research that his group has conducted on breast cancer genetics. The congressman was knowledgeable, engaged, and interested, asking many questions about the research.
Following Sharan’s presentation, Delaney and others walked to the Small Animal Imaging Facility in Building 376 for a brief tour and discussion.
Although his visit was short, Delaney’s presence was appreciated by the NCI at Frederick leadership. Delaney said his focus right now is on reelection, but he hopes to continue to be an ally for NIH and NCI biomedical research funding.
In attendance for the visit was Craig Reynolds, Ph.D., associate director, NCI at Frederick; Dave Heimbrook, Ph.D., president, Leidos Biomedical Research; Sharan; Steven Davis, Management Operations and Support Branch; M.K. Holohan and Blair Feldman, NCI Legislative Office; and Andrea Frydl, public affairs specialist, NCI at Frederick Office of Scientific Operations.
“It is always a good thing to have an engaged and interested member of Congress come visit our facilities here in Frederick,” Reynolds said. “We like to make sure they are aware and can speak honestly about the useful and productive ways we are using the American tax dollars.”
More photos of the Congressman’s visit are on the NCI at Frederick Facebook page.