The 2015 Research Festival, which was held on September 16–18 and chaired by the Deputy Director for Intramural Research Michael Gottesman, kicked off the initiatives outlined in the intramural long-term plan.
Welcome to the New Stadtman Investigators and Lasker Scholars
The Intramural Research Program (IRP) is proud of its trans-NIH recruiting programs including the Earl Stadtman Tenure-Track Investigator Program and the Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program. This issue of the NIH Catalyst introduces the 10 Stadtman Investigators from the 2012-2013 recruitment cycle and the five newest Laskers.
NCATS Seeks New NIH Intramural Research Collaborations
An Array of Programs to Speed Up Process for Translating Discoveries into New Drugs
BY NCATS STAFF
Intramural scientists at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) develop, demonstrate, and disseminate new technologies that aim to speed up the process for translating discoveries into approved new drugs. (Typically, it can take about 14 years, costs about $2 billion, and has a failure rate exceeding 95 percent.) NCATS offers an array of funding programs and in-kind support services designed to help researchers translate basic scientific knowledge into interventions that improve human health.
This winter, construction will commence on the Medical Center Metro Crossing Project. Expected to be completed in 2018, the project adds a shallow, underground east-west pedestrian crosswalk that will connect the Medical Center Metro Station and the NIH side of Rockville Pike to the opposite side, where Walter Reed Medical Center and the rest of the Naval Support Activity–Bethesda campus (NSAB) are located.
On September 17, a group of postdocs and early-stage faculty converged on the NIH campus for a day and a half of science during the 2015 NIH Research Festival. The 28 scientists—all of diverse backgrounds—make up the inaugural class of the NIH Future Research Leaders (FRLs). This pilot program was organized and run by NIH’s Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, Hannah Valantine, and her staff.
NEI Team in Liberia Investigates Ebola’s Ocular Impact
BY KATHRYN DEMOTT, NEI
After the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa that took the lives of more than 11,200 people in the region, the National Eye Institute (NEI) deployed a team of clinicians and technical experts to Monrovia, Liberia, to investigate the long-term effects of the Ebola virus on the eye.
PRAT Fellows Showcase Their Research at Annual Symposium
BY RUCHI SHAH, NIGMS
Topics ranging from energy homeostasis and the development of fluorescent probes to immune disorders, the life cycle of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and nerve-cell communication drew a crowd to the 47th annual National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Postdoctoral Research Associate (PRAT) program symposium.
The first president to visit NIH in Bethesda was the one responsible for its construction there—Franklin D. Roosevelt. On October 31, 1940—75 years ago this fall—he dedicated the campus, speaking on the patio of Building 1.
Here at Felcom we take a break from our monthly meetings over the summer and begin again in the fall when everyone is gearing back up for new semesters. So now is the perfect time to introduce ourselves to those who are new or unfamiliar with Felcom. Felcom is the Fellows Committee here at NIH, and it is dedicated to improving the experience of every fellow on all NIH campuses.