Hanging in my Building One office is a reproduction of a Marc Chagall painting that shows a fiddler carefully poised on two rooftops, managing to stay upright and make beautiful music at the same time. This image represents the challenge of being a parent and a scientist at the NIH: How does one maintain equilibrium and productivity while juggling two such important responsibilities?
Tucked away behind the nondescript walls of Building 12 lies a computational behemoth known as Biowulf. The state-of-the-art supercomputer enables scientists in the NIH IRP to analyze massive datasets and attempt projects whose sheer scale would make them otherwise impossible.
The NIH Clinical Center welcomed its new chief operating officer Pius Aiyelawo (pictured); Alex Azar II, the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, visted the NIH where he met with institute directors, investigators, and patients, and participated in a town hall meeting.
Read about recent intramural research advances: how stem cells from hibernating mammals may have medical applications; ADP platelet hyperreactivity predicts cardiovascular disease; lack of sleep may be linked to risk factor for Alzheimer Disease; new technique makes heart-valve replacement safer for some high-risk patients; neurodegenerative disorders may speed up aging process; and more.
You’re likely to soon see a flux of young, energetic new faces in your laboratory. That’s because it’s time for summer internships. So what’s in it for the mentors—most of them postdocs—who train them?
Christian Anfinsen and Michael Potter grace the halls of the NIH Clinical Center once again. In May 2018, the Office of NIH History and Stetten Museum is scheduled to open twin historical exhibits in tribute to these two NIH legends.