Seek and Ye Shall Find: Collaborative Science at the NIH
BY MICHAEL M. GOTTESMAN, DDIR
I feel very strongly about the importance of collaboration, not only because of my personal scientific interactions, but also because I have seen time and again difficult problems solved when appropriate collaborators are sought and found.
There’s a lot of talk these days about labs “going green” in an effort to reduce their environmental footprint and promote sustainable laboratory practices. But what does “going green” mean exactly, and how do you go about it?
Read about NIH advances: Discovery of virus clusters; how coronaviruses evolve to infect different species; why wounds heal faster in the mouth than on the skin; predictor for immunotherapy response in melanoma; diagnosing gestational diabetes earlier; drug therapy restores hearing in mice; and more.
Among the many exhibits about NIH history on campus, is a new one on Michael Potter and Christian Boehmer Anfinsen (in the Clinical Center) and new installment of neuroanatomy drawings by Santiago Ramón y Cajal (Porter Neuroscience Center).
Science is continuously becoming more interdisciplinary and we are expected to obtain and retain both depth and breadth in our respective areas of expertise. One easy way to lessen the challenge is to participate in in one or more of NIH’s Scientific Interest Groups (SIGs).
NEWS FROM AND ABOUT THE NIH SCIENTIFIC INTEREST GROUPS
The PAIN Scientific Interest Group provides a forum where researchers from different backgrounds can openly exchange their ideas and perspectives as well as discuss the latest technical approaches for the study of pain.