On October 24, 2007, the Washington Regional Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (WRICTS) held an event at the John A. Wilson Building in downtown Washington to publicly recognize the consortium for the first time. Representatives and leadership from all seven of the member research organizations attended. Interim Department of Health Director Carlos Cano, MD, presented letters from District of Columbia officials including Mayor Adrian Fenty and Councilmembers Jack Evans and David Catania that recognize this first-of-its-kind partnership, and promise to seek budgetary support for the consortium in the next year.
Marc R. Blackman, M.D., Associate Chief of Staff for Research & Development, Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center,
Jim Hagberg, PhD, Assistant Dean for Research in the College of Health and Human Performance, University of Maryland, College Park,
Charles Faselis, MD, Assistant Chief of Medical Service Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center,
Mr. Richard Pasquale, Chief Financial Officer representing Mr. Fernando O. Rivera, Medical Center Director, Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center,
M. Lourdes Winberry, Special Assistant to the Vice President for Health Affairs, The George Washington University,
Dr. Robert E. Taylor, Interim Dean, Howard University College of Medicine Mark Batshaw, MD, Chief Academic Officer, Children’s National Medical Center,
Carlos Cano, MD, Interim Director, District of Columbia Department of Health,
Howard J. Federoff, MD, PhD, Executive Vice President for Health Sciences and Executive Dean of the School of Medicine, Georgetown University,
Jill Joseph, MD, Director, Center for Clinical and Community Research at Children’s National Medical Center,
Thomas A. Mellman, MD, Professor and Vice Chair for Research for Howard University Department of Psychiatry and Research Director for the Mood and Anxiety Research Program with the National Institute of Mental Health,
Joseph G. Verbalis, MD, Program Director, General clinical Research Center Georgetown University Medical Center,
William L. Thomas, MD, Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, MedStar Health.