Enter Richard Leapman’s lab at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and you’ll find a serial block-face scanning electron microscope, the size of a lab freezer, busily slicing and scanning pancreatic tissue, blood platelets, or other biological matter. In 12 hours, there will be 20,000 images of 25-nanometer-thick slices of each sample.
Investigating the Role of Different Brain Regions in Memory and Decision-Making
BY CLAIRE E. MCCARTHY, NCI
When you walk into Elisabeth Murray’s office, you can see a 3-D model of the brain belonging to Patient H.M., a man well known by students in psychology and neuroscience. In 1953, surgeons removed his medial temporal lobe to stop his epileptic seizures. The surgery helped, but there was an unfortunate side effect.
Let’s talk microbes! This is what members of the NIH community were doing this spring as they came together to discuss science journalist Ed Yong’s 2016 book I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life as a part of the second annual Big Read at the NIH.
Barbra Streisand knows how to command an audience, whether she’s behind a microphone, a camera, or a podium. After a storied career beguiling theater-goers, Streisand’s new goal is not just to warm hearts but to save them from disease as well.
Read about recent intramural research advances: first photoactive drug to fight Parkinson disease; possible link between gestational diabetes and early-stage kidney disease; enhancing tumor response to radiotherapy; obesity associated with lower breast-cancer risk; stopping cancer metastasis; and more.
NEWS FROM AND ABOUT THE SCIENTIFIC INTEREST GROUPS
Read about the new SIG, the Metals in Biology Scientific Interest Group; Susan Harbison’s talk for the SGHD SIG about sex differences in (fruit fly) sleep; and the SBIG/MPIG Student and Postdoc Symposium that featured research on how structural biology provides a high-resolution view deep into the molecular architecture of cells.
Rather than feeling discouraged when an experiment yields unexpected results, try to understand what happened and why, said University of Kentucky biologist Jeramiah Smith, who visited NIH to give career advice to undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers in biomedical research.