The earthquake was punishing enough, damaging more than a half-million buildings as far as 200 miles from the epicenter. But the magnitude 9.0 event on March 11, 2011, centered off the northeastern coast of Japan, will be most remembered for the harrowing tsunami that followed. The earthquake and tsunami also destroyed research facilities at Tohoku University (Sendai) and other universities in the affected areas and displaced many scientists. NIH stepped up to help in several ways.
There are some 260 care providers at NIH who have the professional designation of “Staff Clinician.” Most of the institutes’ and centers’ intramural programs and the Clinical Center employ staff clinicians who play critical roles in clinical research, facilitating their own and others' research, caring for patients, consulting on difficult clinical problems, and training the next generation of clinician-scientists.
Investigating Sickle-Cell Disease, Cancer, and Addiction
BY SARA LIOI, NINDS
Congratulations to Hans Ackerman, Andrea Apolo (pictured), and Falk Lohoff, the newest NIH Lasker Clinical Research Scholars. The Lasker program, now in its fourth year, is a collaborative initiative of the NIH and the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation that will nurture the next generation of clinician-scientists.
Once upon a time, no one knew much about hepatitis C—except to call it non-A, non-B hepatitis—unitl it was identified in 1989. Viral hepatitis pioneer Jay Hoofnagle (NIDDK) has been at the forefront of advancing hepatitis B and C therapeutics since coming to NIH in the 1970s. On Nov 12, 2014, he outlined the past and future therapies for hepatitis C at the annual Astute Clinician Lecture, part of the Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series.
It didn’t take last summer’s Ice Bucket Challenge to get NIH scientist Bryan Traynor fired up about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He has been excited about the possibility of finding a cure for this devastating neuromuscular disease since the 1990s when as a young medical student—at University College Dublin in Ireland—he attended a memorable lecture on the subject.
The e-mail began, “Dr. Susan E. Bates, Hope you are doing well Doctor!” It was from a publishing group that “would really be grateful to you if you can assist us to successfully release the upcoming issue by your energetic and enthusiastic submission of manuscript which will be published under respective Journal for this wonderful year.”
Navigating International Clinical Trial Regulations Couldn’t Be Easier
BY JONATHAN KAGAN, NIAID
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has launched a new Web site, ClinRegs, to help researchers explore and compare country-specific clinical-research regulatory information.
NIH researchers report that: coronary vessels are thicker in HIV-infected young adults; some chemicals in sunscreesn may reproduce fertility in men; an experimental Ebola vaccine is successful in a clinical trial; confirmation of important brain-reward pathways; how the environment contributes to several human diseases, and chronic high blood glucose may be detrimental to the developing brain of young children.
NCCAM has a new name; Nobel Laureate Santiago Ramón y Caja's original drawings of neurons are on loan from Spain at the Porter Neuroscience Building; the U.S. Senate approved a new surgeon general; and a collection of historic nursing postcards are on display at the National Library of Medicine.
Independent Research at the NIH…For This High Schooler
BY JOSH TARPLIN, NCATS
On a Thursday afternoon, the final bell rings at school, and I head to NIH in Bethesda. As I arrive on campus, excited to see how my cells are faring, I take a moment to gaze at the vast Clinical Center and wonder how many patients are being treated.