From the Deputy Director for Intramural Research

Collecting and Interpreting NIH History

The NIH has a proud and intriguing history. Fittingly, we also have an Office of NIH History that documents, preserves, and interprets our many significant achievements. And the collections run deep.

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Is Music Really the Medicine of the Soul?

An Interview with Renée Fleming and Francis Collins

What happens when you get a world-renowned scientist and a famous opera singer in the same room? A spontaneous rendition of “The Times They Are a-Changin’” and the establishment of an important collaboration.

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Our Brains Appear Uniquely Tuned for Musical Pitch

Speech and Music May Have Shaped Human Brain Circuits for Hearing

In the eternal search for understanding what makes us human, scientists found that our brains are more sensitive to pitch, the “higher” and “lower” (or “deeper”) sounds caused by differences in wavelength, than our evolutionary relative the macaque monkey.

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National Academy of Sciences

Mini Symposium: Celebrating NIH’s Newest Members

The mini symposium honored the work of NIH’s newest NAS members: two elected in 2018, Clare Waterman (NHLBI) and Michael Gottesman (NCI-CCR), and two elected in 2019, Elaine Ostrander (NHGRI) and Michael Lenardo (NIAID).

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Powerful, Condensed Matter

The One-Day 2019 Research Festival

The 2019 NIH Research Festival will be as packed and energetic as a neutron star. We have condensed the Research Festival into one action-packed day on Wednesday, September 11.

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Nobel Laureate Eric Betzig Shares “The Secret Lives of Cells”

Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series Presentation in April 2019

To create dynamic, precise images of cells, scientists have had to refine their microscopy methods to study them. Physicist Eric Betzig, a co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry “for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy,” delivered the lecture “The Secret Lives of Cells” on April 24, 2019.

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Research Briefs

Read about discoveries made by NIH intramural researchers: immune system can slow degenerative eye disease; scientists develop a “mini-brain” model of prion disease; studies about obesity and weight gain; increase in aggressive uterine cancers; and more.

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Fostering Stem Cell Research at NIH

2019 NIH Stem Cell Symposium

Stem-cell research being performed by NIH intramural and extramural scientists was highlighted at the 2019 NIH Stem Cell Symposium, held on May 13, 2019, in Lipsett Amphitheater (Building 10).

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Artistic Moment



The lush colors of crabapple and cherry blossoms bursting into bloom in New York City’s Riverside Park inspired artist Jon Friedman to create this painting, “Crescendo,” in the 1990s. The piece, on loan to NIH, now resides in a sunlit stairwell in Building 49 on the NIH Bethesda campus.

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Colleagues: Recently Tenured

Meet your recently tenured colleagues: Kapil Bharti (NEI), Ashish Lal (NCI-CCR), Shalini Oberdoerffer (NCI-CCR), Madhav Thambisetty (NIA), and John S. Tsang (NIAID, pictured).

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Richard Chadwick, NIDCD Scientist Emeritus and a New NIH Catalyst Editor

One of the First NIH Researchers to Study Bioengineering


Richard Chadwick pioneered bioengineering technologies that have allowed researchers to study delicate tissues—such as those in the inner ear—without touching or damaging them. Chadwick, who was chief of the Section on Auditory Mechanics in NIDCD, retired in April 2019 after having spent 39 years at NIH. He continues to serve NIH as a scientist emeritus and is also the new scientist-emeritus editor for the NIH Catalyst.

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Valerie Schneider: Diving Deep into Information Engineering

Highlighting the Work of Our Unique NIH Staff Scientists

Valerie Schneider dives deep—whether it’s into the ocean or her work. Ironically, if it weren’t for a fish, this developmental biologist and deep-sea diver might not have rediscovered her love of genetics and landed a career as a staff scientist at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Library of Medicine.

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NIH Science in Orbit

Tissue Chips in Space

Both intramural and extramural NIH scientists are using the special environment of space to gather new insights into human health. Symptoms of accelerated aging and many health conditions, such as immune-system changes and bone and muscle loss, occur more rapidly in space due to the effects of microgravity.

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The SIG Beat


New SIG: Myeloid Malignancy Interest Group’s Inaugural Symposium

The new Myeloid Malignancy Scientific Interest Group celebrated its launch with an inaugural symposium on April 22, 2019. Myeloid malignancies, such as myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML), are rare, often highly fatal, cancers of the blood cells. The goal of this SIG is to intensify collaborations across the NIH communities and contribute to the ongoing growing momentum and interest in addressing these diseases and developing better treatments.

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The Training Page


Want to Improve Your Scientific Writing Skills? There’s Training for That!

The primary responsibilities of most NIH trainees include running experiments and analyzing data. But effectively reporting scientific findings is arguably an even more important task. Without adequate skills in writing, scientists are less likely to get grants or have their work published.

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News about resources, auditions, events, lectures, trainee events, and more.

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