I have often used this space to remind the NIH intramural community of the important role that the NIH intramural program plays in addressing urgent and compelling issues related to the public health. Three recent examples are worthy illustrations.
Intramural research highlights: New inflammation treatment; new pathway for vaccine research; boosting social memory; poverty and childhood risk of neurological impairment; dizziness and balance problems common in kids; and marijuana-like brain chemical may affect cocaine addiction.
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Periodontitis: A Microbial-Driven Inflammatory Disease
BY HEBA DIAB, NHLBI
A mouth microbiome that’s out of whack can lead to serious health problems such as the chronic inflammatory disease periodontitis, which causes inflammation that damages gum tissue and can lead to tooth loss. NIDCR Clinical Investigator Niki Moutsopoulos described her research on periodontitis at an Inflammatory Disease SIG seminar.
The quest to solve the world’s most critical biomedical questions is a global venture that has sparked interactions among researchers around the world. Few other institutions make this more evident than the NIH, where nearly half of all postdoctoral fellows are international researchers.