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  • Approximately 28,000 staff members
  • 27 Institutes and Centers, and the Office of the Director
  • 300 acres of grounds and 75 buildings on the Bethesda campus and off-campus sites in Maryland, North Carolina, Michigan, Montana, and Arizona
  • The largest research hospital in the world
  • The world’s largest biomedical library
  • A multi-billion dollar annual budget appropriated by Congress each year
  • There are about 1,250 principal investigators working at the NIH in its laboratories and clinics, together with about 4,000 trainees and 2,800 other scientific staff.

Moving Knowledge from the Bench to the Bedside NIH Clinical Center "firsts" include:

• A computerized hospital information system to facilitate clinical research • Chemotherapy for childhood leukemia and Hodgkin's disease • Use of immunotherapy to treat cancer (melanoma) • Use of AZT for the treatment of AIDS • AIDS and hepatitis blood tests, which made the national blood supply safe • Gene therapy