National DNA Day Celebrates Genomics Coming of Age
Like the elegant double helix itself, DNA Day 2023 at NIH wove together intersecting threads. “Threads of discovery from basic science and threads of necessity that spring from human disease,” saidLawrence Brody, Director of the Division of Genomics and Society at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), to kick off the 20th Anniversary Symposium at Lipsett Auditorium. National DNA Day was designated by Congress and is recognized annually on April 25 to commemorate the successful completion of the Human Genome Project (HGP) in 2003 and the discovery of DNA's double helix in 1953.
The fourth geroscience summit theme was “Geroscience for the Next Generation,” a nod to younger investigators taking more interest in aging research. Divided nearly evenly over nine sessions and three seven-hour days — all archived at videocast.nih.gov — the summit brought together dozens of scientific presenters from diverse backgrounds, including several from the NIH intramural research program.
Irene Georgakoudi’s WALS Lecture on Label-Free, High-Resolution Imaging
Bioengineers build tools, always pushing the envelope on what is possible. They make technology better, faster, or easier to use. A new, advanced imaging technique can—quite literally—shine light on the potential to detect cancer earlier, assess disease progression, and inform better treatments.
Kapil Bharti was named Scientific Director of the National Eye Institute (NEI) in May 2023. Bharti will support the NEI mission to eliminate vision loss and improve quality of life through vision research.
During the Second World War, rampant tooth decay disqualified nearly 20 percent of military recruits from service. To address this issue, President Truman signed legislation on June 24, 1948, to create what would eventually become the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). Today, NIDCR is celebrating its 75th anniversary by highlighting past accomplishments and presenting a vision for the future.
“I aim to be the science connector,” said Manu Platt of his role as director of the newly created trans-NIH Biomedical Engineering Technology Acceleration (BETA) Center. Established by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) in January, the BETA Center will serve as a hub for expert teams of technology developers at the NIH intramural program and beyond to work together to rapidly address pressing health needs.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) are the pillars of innovation and discovery. The fruits of these fields impact us all, from the medicine that cures our ailments, to the technology we use daily. To combat biases in these innovations, is vital that the individuals designing protocols, performing studies, and developing novel technologies reflect the diverse populations that their products and discoveries will affect. This is particularly important here at the NIH.