From the Deputy Director for Intramural Research

Nourishing Intramural Research for the Long Term

“The times they are a-changin’.” The conduct of science is evolving even though resources are restricted; barriers to turning innovative ideas into reality keep springing up while being torn down elsewhere. We all know about the many contributions that the intramural research program (IRP) has made to modern biomedical research (and I hope you all have your “elevator speech” ready in case someone challenges you on this), but how can we best mold the future to assure its continued success?

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Research Briefs

NIH researchers have identified gene variants that cause a rare syndrome of sporadic fevers, skin rashes, and recurring strokes, beginning early in childhood, that may also provide clues to treating stroke in general. Read about that discovery and more.

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NIH in History

The Centennial Anchor

A Symbol of NIH’s Maritime Origins

Ever wonder why there’s a huge white anchor at the intersection of Center and South Drives on NIH’s Bethesda campus? The Centennial Anchor, so named for the 100th anniversary of NIH’s founding, symbolizes the maritime origins of the Public Health Service and NIH. Originally from a Coast Guard cutter, the anchor rested for many years in front of the Staten Island Marine Hospital (Staten Island, N.Y.), where the NIH began in 1887 as the Hygienic Laboratory.

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Sickle-Cell Disease in Africa

An Interview with Tanzanian Researcher Julie Makani

Julie Makani, a Tanzanian investigator, just completed a three-month sabbatical at NIH as part of an effort to integrate Western and African knowledge to improve the care of people with sickle-cell disease (SCD). Makani first came to NIH on February 13, 2013, to give a talk for the Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series (WALS) on “Sickle Cell Disease: What Can Africa Contribute?” in which she talked about leveraging existing resources in Africa and the United States to develop programs that integrate health care, education, and research.

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The Training Page

Mentoring for the Postdoctoral Fellow

So what is mentoring? This is a very important and difficult question and one that is often answered with, “We know it when we see it.” This isn’t very satisfying to those looking for good mentoring. If we can’t describe it, measure it, or delineate it, then how can we find it?

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Colleagues: Recently Tenured

Read about your recently tenured colleagues:

Esta Sterneck (NCI-CCR, pictured), Heather Cameron (NIMH), Honglei Chen (NIEHS), Michael Fessler (NIEHS), Wei Li (NEI), and Joshua Milner (NIAID)

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Alumni News

Reflections on NIH Alumnus André Van Steirteghem

André Van Steirteghem is one of the leaders in the field of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and now an emeritus professor of embryology and reproductive biology at Vrije Universiteit (the Free University) in Brussels. In December 2013, he came to NIH to deliver a lecture in which he recounted his work in developing and leading the renowned IVF program at the university’s medical school since the early 1980s. His program has been responsible for about 20,000 successful pregnancies. In addition, André pioneered the Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) technique in which a single sperm is injected directly into an egg.

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The Myriad Decision: A Move toward Trade Secrets?

Are genes patentable? In June 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court, ruling on the case Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., answered that question with a resounding “No.”

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Photographic Moment

Watching Window Washers

This award-winning image by Dale Lewis (NCI)  features a crew of window washers at the new addition of the Porter Neuroscience Research Center.

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News You Can Use

The Future of HR Systems: Changes Are on the Way

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be moving to new human resources (HR) systems that will replace myPay, the Integrated Time and Attendance System (ITAS), and Capital HR (EHRP) with interconnected systems. HHS is calling this effort the HR Modernization Program, also referred to as the National Finance Center (NFC) Migration. HHS anticipates the systems migration will occur in the fall of 2015.

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Announcements

Lectures, Courses, Deadlines, Events, and More

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