The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center has opened its doors to give the public unprecedented access to ongoing research for the three-part documentary, First in Human, aired on the Discovery Channel throughout August. Known as Building 10, the nation’s largest dedicated clinical research hospital has treated over half a million patients. The series provides an in-depth look into clinical trials taking place inside the Bethesda, MD campus, trials that not only inform science but provide hope to families with loved ones suffering from terminal illnesses.
Narrated by actor Jim Parsons, First in Human has highlighted what “bench-to-beside” research is capable of achieving for patients with complex diseases.
"The NIH Clinical Center’s more than 60-year history has resulted in remarkable medical advances, from the first use of chemotherapy to treat cancer, to the development of the technique to keep the blood supply clean and safe from viruses," NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., said in a press release. “For millions of patients around the world, it is known as the National Institutes of Hope.”