On October 28, 2015, neuroscientists from Spain and the NIH gathered in the Porter Neuroscience Research Center for a symposium that honored Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the Spanish scientist who in 1906 shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in recognition of his work on the structure of the nervous system. Cajal, known as the father of modern neuroscience, was a prolific medical artist and produced hundreds of drawings depicting the organization of nerve cells in the brain.
In response to serious deficiencies discovered in May 2015 in the Clinical Center’s Pharmaceutical Development Section (PDS), NIH Director Francis Collins commissioned a report from an Advisory Committee to the Director subcommittee called the “Red Team” to determine the underlying causes of the PDS problems and to recommend a way forward designed to prevent similar problems from happening in the future.
Many intramural clinical investigators and research nurses may be unaware of the NIH Dental Clinic tucked away on the first floor of the NIH Clinical Center, despite the fact that the dental group has been caring for patients since 1953.The clinic’s consult services can guide the overall treatment plan for Clinical Center patients and lead to multidisciplinary-research collaborations between the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and other institutes.
A Chat with NIH’s Chief Data Scientist, Philip Bourne
BY BRANDON LEVY, NIMH
At first blush, Philip Bourne sounds a lot like the name of a secret agent. The Australian-born chemist has spent much of his career working with supercomputers, occasionally taking a break to fly small airplanes or take transcontinental journeys on his motorcycle. But unlike Jason Bourne of the Bourne film franchise, Philip Bourne uses his special skills to help researchers ply massive piles of data to produce new scientific breakthroughs.
Meet your recently tenured colleagues: Veronica A. Alvarez (NIAAA, pictured), Yogita Chudasama (NIMH), Michael T. Collins (NIDCR), Neal Freedman (NCI-DCEG), Janet E. Hall (NIEHS), Mitchell Ho (NCI-CCR), Lindsay M. Morton (NCI-DCEG), and Jung-Hyun Park (NCI-CCR).
BY PAT PIRINGER, JULIE ORLANDO, AND HANA SMITH, CC
Scientific collaboration is the name of the game these days, but did you know that NIH’s Bench-to-Bedside program, founded in 1998, was the first formal intramural effort that encouraged NIH investigators to seek funding for collaborative projects that involved other institutes and centers?
Intramural research highlights: researchers sequence genome of fungus that causes pneumocystis pneumonia; marijuana-use disorder is common and often untreated; air pollution can trigger premature births in pregnant women with asthma; NMDA receptors help brain detect motion; factors that influence the effectiveness of flu vaccines; identification of immune cells in healthy mouth provide clues to periodontal disease.
Nationally acclaimed public-radio talk-show host Diane Rehm is used to asking all the questions. The Diane Rehm Show features thoughtful and lively conversations with newsmakers, authors, and experts of all kinds. But the tables were turned recently when she was invited to be the guest at NIH’s J. Edward Rall Cultural Lecture at which NIH Director Francis Collins played host and asked all the questions.
National Postdoctoral Association Helps Enrich Postdoc Training
BY CRAIG MYRUM, NIA
As researchers, we have seen how scientific investigations have evolved from the simple to elaborate, advanced, multimethod studies that often rely on collaborations among scientists from different disciplines. As postdocs, we are hyperaware of the need for our training to keep pace with this ever-changing research world.
Congratulations to Anthony Fauci (NIAID) for winning the Canada Gairdner Global Health Award; 2015 NIH Summer Intern Clare Zhu (NIDA) who was a finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search; PECASE Award winners Katie Kindt (NIDCD) and Andre Larochelle (NHLBI); and to Sriram Subramaniam (NCI) for having cryoelectron microscopy being named “2015 Method of the Year” by Nature.