From the Deputy Director for Intramural Research

Accreditation of NIH’s Human-Subjects Research Protections Program

From the time its Clinical Center opened in the 1950s, NIH has been a leader in conducting clinical research under a complex oversight system that reflects legal and regulatory requirements and international ethical standards. We are pleased to announce that the high quality of our human-subjects research protections program was recognized recently when the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) awarded full accreditation to the NIH intramural research program.

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News Briefs

The planting of a clone from the Hippocrates Tree, new chief officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, and more. 

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Research Briefs

Read about the latest findings by NIH intramural scientists including: a new gene associated with ALS and dementia; obesity primes the colon for cancer; why vein grafts fail; prevalence of allergies is the same no matter where people live; and more.

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Preparing for Dental School

Deaf College Grad Wins Spot in NIH Lab

Marian Young was bowled over when a recent college graduate e-mailed saying he wanted to help with her temporomandibular joint (TMJ) osteoarthritis research before he entered dental school. Although she hears from many students who want to intern in her lab, only Andrew Donald expressed a specific interest in her TMJ work. 

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World Changers

Two NIHers Named to Forbes’ List of 30 Under 30

Get ready, world. NIH intramural researchers are coming your way. Forbes Magazine compiles an annual list of 450 innovators under 30 years old—30 people in each of 15 categories—who are not waiting to make their mark. In 2014, two of the 30 promising young stars in the Science and Health Care category came from NIH’s Intramural Research Program: Anna Lau (Clinical Center) and Gregory Alushin (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute), pictured at left.

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Artificial Sweeteners and Leptin; Impaired Lipid Storage and Starvation

NIH’s Female Postdocs Discuss Their Research

The potential negative health effects of artificial sweeteners and the activities of cellular lipid droplets during starvation took center stage at NIH’s Women Scientist Advisors (WSA) Scholars Seminar, which featured the research accomplishments of two female postdoctoral fellows: Wei-na Cong (NIA) and Sarah Cohen (NICHD). They were selected as WSA scholars from the pool of 2014 Fellow Award for Research Excellence (FARE) awardees.

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Colleagues: Recently Tenured

Meet two of your colleagues who have been recently tenured: Alan Remaley (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute) and David Wendler (Clinical Center), pictured at left.

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News You Can Use

The latest "News You Can Use" features "My Journal Shelf," a virtual library shelf chock-full of your favorite biomedical journals and the NIH Library's a 3-D printing pilot program. 

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The Training Page: Plain Language Posters

Scientific Posters in Plain Language

The Lay Audience Includes Potential Collaborators and Funders

When you think of a scientific poster, you may picture minutely detailed text of dense information colored only by a bar graph or a grossly enlarged microscopic image. But at a symposium held at NIH in December 2013, researchers from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) experimented with a new approach: translating their posters into language accessible to the lay public. Of the more than 100 posters presented during the symposium, 11 were of the plain-language variety.

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The Training Page: From the Fellows Committee

Expanding Your NIH Experience: Flourishing beyond the Bench

NIH’s Fellows Committee (FelCom) offers a variety of activities and useful resources for trainees, including the opportunity to participate in community-service activities through its Service and Outreach Subcommittee (SOS). Recently, the SOS hosted a luncheon for residents of NIH’s Edmond J. Safra Family Lodge, which provides a temporary home for families and loved ones of Clinical Center patients.

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Working Her Earrings Off

Senator Mikulski Returns to NIH

United States Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) addressed the “National Institutes of Hope” with love and pride on her February 24 visit, vowing to “do all we can do in the federal law book and the federal checkbook to let you be you” by ending the sequester and supporting the NIH. 

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The SIG Beat

NEWS FROM AND ABOUT THE NIH SCIENTIFIC INTEREST GROUPS

OUTCOMES AND EFFECTIVENESS RESEARCH

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Photographic Moment

The NIH Bethesda campus was buzzing with excitement recently when the Dalai Lama visited the Clinical Center and gave the annual J. Edward Rall Cultural Lecture. He has been interacting with scientists since the 1980s and welcomed the opportunity to interact with NIHers and Clinical Center patients. 

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Announcements

AWARDS

National Academy of Sciences: In April 2014, Carolina Barillas-Mury (NIAID), Marius G. Clore (NIDDK), and Shiv I. Grewal (NCI) were elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors a scientist can receive. The awardees will present their work at a mini symposium on Monday, June 16, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., in Masur Auditorium (Building 10)

American Academy of Arts and Sciences: Donald Lee Court (NCI), Thomas A. Kunkel (NIEHS), and Shiv I. Grewal (NCI) were elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in April 2014. Other notable members of the 2014 class include actor Alfredo “Al” Pacino; New York Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director Alan Gilbert; and award-winning American author Adam Hochschild.

OTHER EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS: WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON LECTURE SERIES (WALS); LIPID MEDIATORS AND THE REGULATION OF INFLAMMATION AND DISEASE (MAY 30); HISTORY OF MEDICINE LECTURES (JUNE 17, JULY 15); NIH COMMON FUND 10-YEAR COMMEMORATION SYMPOSIUM (JUNE 19); NIH GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL FAIR (JULY 16);  POSTDOC POSITIONS AT NIEHS; APPLY FOR BENCH-TO-BEDSIDE AWARDS; AND MORE

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