In response to serious deficiencies discovered in May 2015 in the Clinical Center’s Pharmaceutical Development Section (PDS), NIH Director Francis Collins commissioned a report from an Advisory Committee to the Director subcommittee called the “Red Team” to determine the underlying causes of the PDS problems and to recommend a way forward designed to prevent similar problems from happening in the future.
Meet your recently tenured colleagues: Veronica A. Alvarez (NIAAA, pictured), Yogita Chudasama (NIMH), Michael T. Collins (NIDCR), Neal Freedman (NCI-DCEG), Janet E. Hall (NIEHS), Mitchell Ho (NCI-CCR), Lindsay M. Morton (NCI-DCEG), and Jung-Hyun Park (NCI-CCR).
BY PAT PIRINGER, JULIE ORLANDO, AND HANA SMITH, CC
Scientific collaboration is the name of the game these days, but did you know that NIH’s Bench-to-Bedside program, founded in 1998, was the first formal intramural effort that encouraged NIH investigators to seek funding for collaborative projects that involved other institutes and centers?
Intramural research highlights: researchers sequence genome of fungus that causes pneumocystis pneumonia; marijuana-use disorder is common and often untreated; air pollution can trigger premature births in pregnant women with asthma; NMDA receptors help brain detect motion; factors that influence the effectiveness of flu vaccines; identification of immune cells in healthy mouth provide clues to periodontal disease.
National Postdoctoral Association Helps Enrich Postdoc Training
BY CRAIG MYRUM, NIA
As researchers, we have seen how scientific investigations have evolved from the simple to elaborate, advanced, multimethod studies that often rely on collaborations among scientists from different disciplines. As postdocs, we are hyperaware of the need for our training to keep pace with this ever-changing research world.
Congratulations to Anthony Fauci (NIAID) for winning the Canada Gairdner Global Health Award; 2015 NIH Summer Intern Clare Zhu (NIDA) who was a finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search; PECASE Award winners Katie Kindt (NIDCD) and Andre Larochelle (NHLBI); and to Sriram Subramaniam (NCI) for having cryoelectron microscopy being named “2015 Method of the Year” by Nature.