Brains, bone, muscle, blood—along with fish fins and flower parts—are among the biological players whose portraits light up the C-concourse walkway at Washington Dulles International Airport. These images—most of which are from scientists at or supported by NIH—comprise Life: Magnified, a gallery exhibit that showcases backlit, mega-magnified images of cells and other microscopic biological structures.
Internationally renowned classical pianist Leon Fleisher, who lost the use of his right hand in the 1960s, has Mark Hallett (NINDS) to thank for restoring his ability to play the piano. Hallett not only pioneered the therapy that helped the musician, but he is a leader in the field of movement disorders.
Interviews with Greg Alushin (NHLBI) and Donna Calu (NIDA)
BY RACHEL SCHEINERT, NIMH
Donna Calu (NIDA) and Greg Alushin (NHLBI) are NIH’s first two intramural scientists to receive the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award, which has traditionally been given to extramural investigators.
NIEHS Scientist Leping Li Develops New Approach for Classifying Cancer Cells
BY ROBIN ARNETTE, NIEHS
Pathologists have traditionally used the physical characteristics of melanoma cancer cells to classify them as primary or metastatic. Recently, however, computational biologist Leping Li at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) developed another approach to classifying the cancer cells.
NIH researchers have found that the levels of malaria-causing parasites in the blood don’t necessarily determine the severity of the disease; that the drug Ecstasy can be fatal in warm environments; and that TGF-beta regulates the balance of the immune system. They have also discovered the structure of a receptor that plays a key role in blood clotting.
Genetically modified pigs may one day offer new hope to thousands of people waiting for heart transplants, thanks in large part to an NIH intramural research team led by Muhammad Mansoor Mohiuddin at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).
Fellows Advised to Seize Unexpected Opportunities…and Even Fake It?
BY REBECCA G. BAKER, OD
Learn what you love, get involved with interesting opportunities outside the lab, and integrate your life with your career goals. That was the message to postdoctoral fellows at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) who attended an annual retreat recently.
The Office of NIH History has many collections of old photos and other materials depicting life at NIH. The photo above is from a collection of photographs, production programs, and scripts of plays written and performed by the National Institutes of Health thespian group “The NIH Hamsters.”
The memory of the late NIAID scientist K.T. Jeang was honored with a new annual lecture series and a garden; NIH’s new associate director for data science, Phil Bourne, is on board; and a black bear raised a ruckus recently on the NIH campus.