The NIH is a city unto itself. The Bethesda campus alone is home to more than 30,000 NIH citizens. So, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020 and threatened our ability to conduct research, simply shutting down the NIH was not an option. As in New York, the famed city that never sleeps, hundreds of our colleagues sprang to work to ensure that the rest of us could perform our duties remotely and, if allowed, enter our workplace safely.
The NIEHS Personalized Environment and Genes Study Focuses on Gene-Environment Interactions
BY KELLEY CHRISTENSEN, NIEHS
An NIEHS initiative called the Personalized Environment and Genes Study (PEGS) integrates genetic and environmental data to understand disease etiology, identify disease risk factors, and improve disease prevention.
NIH Volunteers During the 1960s Civil Rights Movement
Visiting Hospitals in the South to Certify Desegregation
BY GORDON MARGOLIN, OFFICE OF NIH HISTORY AND STETTEN MUSEUM
Five NIH scientists, all registered with the U.S. Public Health Service, volunteered in the mid-1960s (a turbulent period during the Civil Rights Movement) to travel to Southern states to see whether hospitals were complying with the Medicare Act and the requirement to desegregate.
Read about NIH scientific advances and discoveries by intramural scientists: antibody drugs may improve Alzheimer’s symptoms; origins of lung cancer in never-smokers; drinking juice before age six months linked to sugary beverage drinking later; brain injury infection impedes blood-vessel repair; knowing protein structure helps HCV vaccine development; and blood test reveals when benign tumors turn cancerous in a common genetic disorder.
Twitter includes a thriving group of scientists who tweet about research and job openings and joke and commiserate about the quirks of scientific research. Twitter is particularly useful for early-career researchers who wish to promote their work and network with other scientists.