On October 28, 2015, neuroscientists from Spain and the NIH gathered in the Porter Neuroscience Research Center for a symposium that honored Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the Spanish scientist who in 1906 shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in recognition of his work on the structure of the nervous system. Cajal, known as the father of modern neuroscience, was a prolific medical artist and produced hundreds of drawings depicting the organization of nerve cells in the brain.
A Chat with NIH’s Chief Data Scientist, Philip Bourne
BY BRANDON LEVY, NIMH
At first blush, Philip Bourne sounds a lot like the name of a secret agent. The Australian-born chemist has spent much of his career working with supercomputers, occasionally taking a break to fly small airplanes or take transcontinental journeys on his motorcycle. But unlike Jason Bourne of the Bourne film franchise, Philip Bourne uses his special skills to help researchers ply massive piles of data to produce new scientific breakthroughs.
Many intramural clinical investigators and research nurses may be unaware of the NIH Dental Clinic tucked away on the first floor of the NIH Clinical Center, despite the fact that the dental group has been caring for patients since 1953.The clinic’s consult services can guide the overall treatment plan for Clinical Center patients and lead to multidisciplinary-research collaborations between the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and other institutes.
Nationally acclaimed public-radio talk-show host Diane Rehm is used to asking all the questions. The Diane Rehm Show features thoughtful and lively conversations with newsmakers, authors, and experts of all kinds. But the tables were turned recently when she was invited to be the guest at NIH’s J. Edward Rall Cultural Lecture at which NIH Director Francis Collins played host and asked all the questions.