NIHers Are Studying Sleep, Fatigue, and Circadian Rhythms
BY L.S. CARTER (OD), R. SCHEINERT (NIMH), J. TIANO (NIDDK), A. KUSZAK (NIDDK), AND R. BAKER (OD)
A sleep-deprived person may still function, but not as efficiently as someone who gets enough good-quality sleep, and they may be at increased risk for heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, obesity, high-blood pressure, stroke, and a host of other problems. Lack of sleep may even affect one’s ability to learn and remember information.
NIH’s First State-of-the-Art Infectious Disease Laboratory
BY JAMIE KUGLER, NCI
It was once a proud building filled with innovative scientists who courageously tackled public-health problems. For 60 years, it provided a home for NIH scientists who worked on infectious diseases, identified new viruses, and developed vaccines against hepatitis, rotavirus, and adenoviruses.
Carolina Barillas-Mury (NIAID), Shiv Grewal (NCI), Marius Clore (NIDDK)
BY RACHEL SCHEINERT, NIMH
Whether they are investigating mosquito midgut cells to better understand the transmission of malaria, identifying failing chromatin mechanisms that may lead to cancer, or exploring the structure of macromolecular “dark matter,” the newest NIH members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) are making a big impact.
Sweat lodges, herbal medicine, and a model Hōkūle`a, a Native Hawaiian voyaging canoe. These are just a few of the elements in the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM’s) Native Voices exhibit, which explores the connection between wellness, illness, and cultural life through a combination of interviews with Native people, artwork, objects, and interactive media.
FDA scientists moved from NIH’s Building 29 complex to the new White Oak campus in Silver Spring, Maryland; several vials of smallpox virus (samples from the 1950s) were found on campus and safely transferred to the CDC; NIH has been doing research for decades to eradicate the Ebola virus (pictured).
NIH researchers have figured out a way to regenerate teeth; developed an experimental vaccine to prevent the mosquito-borne disease chikungunya; invented a nasal brush that can rapidly diagnose an incurable prion disease in humans; made a discovery about how a sickle-cell drug works; developed a new sickle-cell drug that has been acquired by a pharmaceutical company; and more.
This Houghton Mifflin test material was part of the “Form L Revised Stanford-Binet Scale,” used by National Institute of Mental Health researchers in the 1950s to test the intelligence of children taking part in certain clinical studies.
NINR Director’s Lecture, NIH Research Festival, Chen Lecture, NIH-Japan Symposium, Cajal exhibit, records schedules, workshop on using advanced technologies in biomedical research, NCATS Toxicology Challenge, and more.