NIH-Lasker Scholars

Exploring Inflammation, Cardiometabolic Diseases, and PTSD

Nehal Mehta and Jessica Gill recently joined NIH as the first two NIH-Lasker Clinical Research Scholars, a joint initiative of NIH and the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation that will nurture the next generation of clinician-scientists.

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Let There Be Light

Sea Creatures Providing Clues on the Evolution of Vision

Bioluminescent sea creatures that emit and detect light are providing clues to the evolution of sight and may, in time, shed light on our understanding of eye diseases. Research published in a recent issue of BMC Biology has pinpointed the genes involved in making and sensing light in this organism.

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From the Deputy Director for Intramural Research

Stadtman: A Rose by Any Other Name

Earl Stadtman, renowned NIH biochemist and mentor to two Nobel laureates and many elected members of the National Academy of Sciences, loved to cultivate his gardens. He was a serious horticulturist who had an azalea named after him—the yellow Stadtman azalea (Rhododendron ‘Stadtman’). He also mulched, pruned, watered, and fertilized the intellects of two generations of students and fellows who remember with gratitude “the Stadtman way” of doing rigorous, creative research.

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Between Thought and Therapy: Translating Neurobiology Research into Treatments
Taping: Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.; Wilson Hall (Building One)
Broadcast: Wednesday, February 13, 2013, noon–1:00 p.m.

All are welcome to attend the taping of the second Science/American Association for the Advancement of Science Webinar. This year’s panelists—NEI’s Anand Swaroop (age-related macular degeneration), NHGRI’s Ellen Sidransky (Gaucher’s disease), and NIMH’s Carlos Zarate (depression)—will share their experiences of applying basic research at the bedside; discuss the best environments for conducting translational research; provide advice on working in new experimental systems such as stem cells; and answer questions submitted by the audience at the taping. No latecomers can be admitted once the taping is in progress.

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Research Briefs


Household dust typically contains many allergens including those derived from dust mites, cockroaches, and animal dander. A bacterial protein called flagellin in the dust may worsen allergic responses to indoor allergens, according to research conducted by NIEHS and Duke University (Durham, N.C.) scientists. The finding is the first to document the presence of flagellin in house dust, bolstering the link between allergic asthma and the environment. 

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Photographic Moment

Safety First

Wes Hickman (NIAID) won first place in the second annual “In Focus Safe Workplaces for All” photography contest for this surrealistic vision of a masked, goggled, gloved, and lab-coated colleague (Towanda Carroll) who is protected in a world of biological and chemical surroundings. Sponsored by the Division of Occupational Health and Safety in the Office of Research Services, the contest challenged anyone with a passion for photography to use their imagination and creativity to capture an image of workplace safety and health and share it with the NIH community. 


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Colleagues: Recently Tenured

Read about your recently tenured colleagues:

James Anderson (NHLBI), Jeffrey Gildersleeve, (NCI) Dax Hoffman (NICHD), Leping Li (NIEHS), and Deborah Merke (CC)

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Alumni News

Reconnecting with NIH Alumni

Staying in Touch With Fellows from Japan

A recent trip to Japan left me appreciating the rich experience that fellowships in the NIH intramural program provide for scientists from other countries and those of us who work with them. In particular, it got me thinking about the many Japanese fellows we hosted in the NIDR (now NIDCR) Laboratory of Developmental Biology and Anomalies (now the Laboratory of Cell and Developmental Biology).

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An Eye for an Ear

Learning Ally Volunteers at NIH Open Up the World of Science to Reading-Impaired Students

Ever dream of becoming a recording artist? If so, there’s a studio in Building 31 that could use your voice. It’s the NIH satellite of Learning Ally, a nonprofit organization that converts books into audio recordings for reading-disabled students of all ages.

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Helping Native Americans

NIDDK Research Clinic in Arizona Aims to Lessen Health Disparities

On a dusty road just south of Phoenix, a small one-story building has completed its first year open for research. The building sits on the Avenida del Yaqui in Guadalupe, a town made up primarily of Yaqui Indians and Hispanic Americans. The Yaqui who first settled in the town were from Sonora, Mexico; descendants have preserved many elements of their culture, including elaborate Easter and Lent ceremonies with dancing, costumes, music, and masks.

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The Training Page


Goldilocks and Science Writing

Despite my childhood aspirations to become a writer, I arrived at the NIH with a B.S. in chemical engineering. A reluctant scientist at best, I struggled to fit into the research scene as a post-baccalaureate trainee. Fortunately, I transitioned midyear from bench work to interning with the NIH Catalyst. At last, I was able to use my technical background to do something I truly enjoy—writing.

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The SIG Beat

News from and About the NIH Scientific Interest Groups

Read about the Translational Research and Proteostasis Interest Groups.

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Obituaries 2012

Reubin Andres (died on September 23, 2012, at age 89) was NIA’s first clinical director. He is known for the invention of the glucose-insulin clamp technique, a method that remains the gold standard in the study of glucose and insulin homeostasis, and for his original and fundamental observations on the hormonal abnormalities in diabetes.

Earl M. August (died on November 21, 2012, at age 54) was a senior scientist in NCI’s developmental therapeutics program (1990–1994).

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