In 1954, six-year-old “Tommy” Lingenfelter visited the NIH Clinical Center to have his heart evaluated by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI’s) cardiac-surgery team. His parents were told that he might not live past 18 years old. But after two successful heart-valve replacement surgeries—one in 1958 and another in 2006—and a long-lasting association with NIH, he lived more than 50 years beyond what was expected. Sadly, Walter Thomas Lingenfelter died on March 2, 2021, just a few weeks shy of his 73rd birthday.
Meet your recently tenured colleagues: Grégoire Altan-Bonnet (NCI-CCR), Bevil Conway (NEI), Cari Kitahara (NCI-DCEG), Eros Lazzerini Denchi (NCI-CCR), Susan M. Lea (NCI-CCR), Sung-Yun Pai (NCI-CCR), Udo Rudloff (NCI-CCR), Leorey N. Saligan (NINR), and Lei Shi (NIDA)
Read about scientific advances and discoveries by NIH scientists: engineered immune cells may prevent cancer spread; new way to test for deadly brain disease; adolescents may develop addictions faster than young adults; bacteriophage treatment rescues mice from multi-drug resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae; mosquito protein may inhibit some dangerous viruses; and more.
In April 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident in northern Ukraine exposed millions of people in the surrounding region to ionizing radiation, a known carcinogen. The scope of radioactive contamination was well-documented, but the technology to study the genomic and molecular effects on those exposed did not exist at the time. Scientists from NCI led two international studies that shed new light on how radiation exposure affects human DNA.
Tips for Keeping Hazardous Waste Out of the Sanitary Sewers
BY CRAIG UPSON, OD
The valuable research and support activities performed at NIH produce an array of waste products. Whether they are hazardous or nonhazardous, all must be managed appropriately. It’s the responsibility of everyone at NIH to know what can and cannot go down the drain.