Gene Therapy Turns 30 Years Old

An NIH First That Almost Didn’t Happen

“Thirty years ago this May, Dr. [Steven] Rosenberg and colleagues shepherded in the era of gene therapy when they removed, genetically altered, and returned cells to a patient with malignant melanoma,” read an email announcing a symposium where he would be giving a keynote address. Rosenberg was the first to insert foreign genes into a human.

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From the Deputy Director for Intramural Research

Equity and Diversity in the NIH Intramural Research Program

How can equity and diversity in the NIH intramural research program  continue to be improved? The NIH Equity Committee,  established in November 2017, is helping to address this question and has come up with several recommendations.

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Remembering Stephen Katz

Former Colleagues and Postdocs Who Were Inspired By Stephen Katz

Some of the people who trained and/or worked with NIAMS Director Stephen Katz, who died on December 20, 2018, shared their memories of him.

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My Room, Your Room

Room 212, The Cloister

NIH Medical Research Scholar Nicole Dalal knew she was living in a historic building once occupied by nuns. But what she didn’t know was that her residence—Room 212 in the Cloister (Building 60), built in 1923 and taken over by NIH in 1984—had its own special history: Former National Cancer Institute (NCI) Director—now Acting Commissioner of the FDA—Ned Sharpless had lived there in the early 1990s.

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News You Can Use: Technology Transfer

Matching Researchers with Industry to Help Get NIH Inventions to Patients

Technology transfer offices facilitate collaborations between NIH intramural investigators and industry partners to help bring drugs to market. 

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NINDS Welcomes Lorna Role as New Scientific Director

Plans to Expand Mentorship and Training Opportunities

The first email from Lorna Role to the scientists and staff of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) read “TALK TO ME.” And, as the new NINDS scientific director (SD), that’s exactly what she wants people to do.

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Colleagues: Recently Tenured

Meet your recently tenured colleagues: Lorenzo Leggio (NIAAA and NIDA), Frank Maldarelli (NCI-CCR), Aleksandra Urszula Nita-Lazar (NIAID), Lorna Role (NINDS), and Edwina H. Yeung (NICHD, pictured).

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From Deep Sea Vents to Our Own Stomachs

Demystifying How Bacteria Thrive in Extreme Environments

What could microorganisms that exist in extreme environments such as hot springs in the crushing depths of our oceans have to do with bacteria that reside in our own bodies? This is the question that the “Demystifying Medicine” lecture series attempted to answer on February 5, 2019.

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Research Briefs

Read about discoveries made by NIH intramural researchers: how a protein uses filaments to bridge broken DNA; how workplace exposure to chemotherapy drugs is associated with an increased risk of miscarriage and genetic toxicity; the benefits of flavonoids; controlling cervical cancer; new chemogenetics technology for modulating brain function; the important role that rest may play in learning; and making progress toward Epstein-Barr virus vaccine.

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The Training Page

Do-It-Yourself Training

Fellows can now get peer-to-peer training on the latest scientific topics and techniques. Since 2017, Ruth Chia (then a research fellow and now a staff scientist) and Adamantios Mamais (visiting fellow) at the National Institute on Aging have been organizing seminars in which fellows teach fellows topics ranging from managing big data to conducting machine learning in genetics.

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The SIG Beat


Read about two new SIGS: Multiplex Immunofluorescence Scientific Interest Group; Epilepsy Scientific Interest Group

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Photographic Moment

World’s Largest Brain Scanner Delivered to NIH

The world’s most powerful MRI scanner was delivered to NIH in March and installed in the NIH Clinical Center (Building 10). The 11.7-Tesla magnet, weighing 51 tons, was built in Italy, journeyed across the ocean by cargo ship to Baltimore, and then transported by tractor-trailer truck to NIH.

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News about awards, events, deadlines, lectures, and more.

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