A taste of NIH research. That’s what the Research Festival is all about. And for the past 30 years, the festival has provided a lively venue for intramural scientists to share their work with their peers.
The “Minerals in Medicine” exhibition, at the NIH Clinical Center, features crystals and minerals on loan from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. The exhibit showcases more than 40 minerals that enable the creation of life-saving medicines and cutting-edge medical equipment used in health-care facilities worldwide.
Highlights of the concurrent symposia on bench-to-bedside homeruns; microbiota; long-term effects of early exposure to environmental toxins; inflammation and chronic disease; precision medicine; and computational biology.
In the 1950s, NIH scientists created a temperature- and humidity-controlled sealed “metabolic chamber” to study the body’s utilization of air, food, and water under a variety of controlled living conditions.
Intramural research highlights: Spotlight on Sjögren Syndrome; differences between allergic and nonallergic dust-mite proteins; genetic explanation for a frustrating syndrome; weight loss leads to strong increase in appetite; Zmapp holds promise as an Ebola treatment; morning sickness linked to lower risk of pregnancy loss; depression in early pregnancy linked to gestational diabetes; and “sixth sense” may be more than just a feeling.
New freezer policy on energy-efficient ultralow-temperature freezers; update to ClinRegs website making it easier for researchers doing international clinical trials to find country-specific regulatory information .
Scientists at all levels need mentoring to acquire expertise for their field of research, develop communication and other skills, and expand their network. Typically, the principal investigator is thought of as the mentor in most scientific relationships. But trainees may also benefit from having additional or secondary mentors who can provide training in their chosen career path and expand their professional network.
National Academy of Medicine Elects 79 New Members
Congratulations to the four NIHers who were among the 79 newly elected members of the National Academy of Medicine in October 2016: Karen Berman (NIMH), Leslie Biesecker (NHGRI), Antonello Bonci (NIDA), and Jake Liang (NIDDK).
Global Health Lecture with Paul Farmer on November 16; become a member of the NIH Leave Bank; Photo Contest for Safe Workplaces; Safety Awards nominations open; Demystifying Medicine lecture series starts in January; Wednesday Afternoon Lecture lineup