The annual Research Festival is about the science we do at NIH as well as about the people who do that science. People from across NIH meet each other, get new ideas, talk about their research, and hear about other people’s work so collaborations can start.
The 2017 NIH Intramural Research Festival was an amazing scientific potpourri of innovative research and new biotechnology as well as an opportunity to showcase the work of our trainees and fellows. Yet attendance was at best modest for most of the sessions. What should we do to encourage all of our scientific staff to participate more fully?
Her colleagues laughed at her “crazy idea” when she was a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, in the 1980s. Gisela Storz had predicted that a single protein (OxyR) could sense a destructive oxidant, hydrogen peroxide, bind to DNA, and turn on genes that would neutralize the threat. But Storz has gotten the last laugh. Turns out that her hypothesis was correct.
In October 2017, Norman E. “Ned” Sharpless became the 15th director of the National Cancer Institute; NIH partnered with 11 leading pharmaceutical companies to accelerate the development of new cancer immunotherapy strategies.
With motors, sensors, and electronic-technology-powered braces wrapped around their legs, several pediatric patients participating in a Rehabilitation Medicine clinical trial looked like characters from the Iron Man or Transformers movies–and more importantly, they felt like the superheroes they resembled.
Read about how the NIH Clinical Center is providing one of the largest publicly available chest X-ray datasets to the scientific community; the ZATT protein is reversing DNA damage caused by cancer treatment; Gulf-spill oil dispersants are associated with health symptoms in cleanup workers; NCI researchers solved the DNA Linking-Number Paradox; and more.
There have been many books and articles documenting the history of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The latest one—Images of America: US National Library of Medicine (Arcadia Publishing)—draws on the stories of the people who have worked there and helped to shape its 180 years of service to the nation and the world.
Buck Whitetail, the acting director of the National Institute for Cervinae, Hydropotinae, and other Deer, pauses briefly before meeting with the NIH director about the controversial deer-neutering program.
Lectures, deadlines, contests, Benefits Fair, Leave Bank, and more. Pictured: Steve Rosenberg (NCI) who will be giving the Chen Lecture on November 17, on “Cells as Anti-Cancer Drugs: Entering Mainstream Oncology.”