Report from the Single-Day 2019 NIH Research Festival
The annual Research Festival, which in recent years has been a three-day event, was condensed into one day packed full of exciting talks (even one by an NIH alum who is also a Nobel laureate), special exhibits on intramural resources, posters, the Technical Sales Association Vendor Tent Show, a performance by the NIH Director’s Band (a.k.a. “ARRA” or “The Affordable Rock ‘n’ Roll Act”), and more.
Dr. Joseph Goldberger and Pellagra: A Fearsome Disease Tamed
BY GORDON MARGOLIN, OFFICE OF NIH HISTORY AND STETTEN MUSEUM
To live in the American South in the early 1900s, you would have had to survive an uncontrolled epidemic known for its fatal consequences. The disease, pellagra, had been a worldwide scourge for about two centuries, with no known treatment. In 1914, Joseph Goldberger, an epidemiologist employed by the Hygienic Laboratory (forerunner of NIH), was assigned the task of determining the etiology of pellagra and hopefully finding a cure.
Celebrating NIH IRP Contributions to Curing Metabolic Diseases
BY AUTUMN HULLINGS, NCI
The labs and clinics of the NIH intramural research program have been at the forefront of the identification and treatment of metabolic diseases. In the first plenary session of the Research Festival, four presenters, including a Nobel laureate, described their groundbreaking research.
Celebrating NIH Efforts to Combat Physical and Emotional Pain
BY JOANNA CROSS, NIMH
The sentiments expressed in the Robert Frost poem “The Road Not Taken” could well describe the choices of the four presenters in their efforts to help patients dealing with physical and emotional pain.
NIH Researchers’ Redesigned MRI Holds Promise for Cardiac and Lung Imaging
BY NHLBI NEWS
NIH researchers, along with researchers at Siemens, have developed a high-performance, low-magnetic-field MRI system that vastly improves the quality of images of the lungs and other internal structures of the human body.
Meet your recently tenured colleagues: Sridhar Hannenhalli (NCI-CCR); Patricia Jensen (NIEHS); Lisa Mirabello (NCI-DCEG, pictured); John “Jay” Schneekloth Jr. (NCI-CCR); and Douglas R. Stewart (NCI-DCEG)
Congratulations to the four NIHers who are among the 100 new members recently elected to the National Academy of Medicine: Michael Lenardo (NIAID), Luigi D. Notarangelo (NIAID), Andre Nussenzweig (NCI), and Julie A. Segre (NHGRI).
ScPopCorn Gets to the Kernel of Single-Cell Experiments
BY TERESA PRZYTYCKA, NCBI
Researchers at the National Library of Medicine’s National Center for Biotechnology Information have created a new algorithm called scPopCorn (single-cell subpopulations comparison) to capture the differences among populations of cells from single-cell experiments.
Keeping a Foot in Both Clinical Radiology and Research Arenas
BY RAYMOND MACDOUGALL, NIBIB
A new fellowship program at NIH is making it possible for M.D.-Ph.D. radiologists to devote equal time to clinical care and research: the Clinical Translational Research Fellowship Program sponsored by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering and the NIH Clinical Center.
From Operating Room to Bench to Bedside, All in a Day’s Work
BY LISA YUAN, NIDDK
The challenges of pursuing a dual career in research and medicine have contributed to a decline in the number of physician-scientists entering the biomedical workforce. To help address this concern, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders developed the Otolaryngology Surgeon-Scientist Program, a career-development program for junior faculty.
NCCIH at 20: A Catalyst for Integrative Health Research
BY ELLEN O’DONNELL, NCCIH
One of the top research priorities of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) is to support studies that explore the nonpharmacologic management of pain. On September 23, NCCIH celebrated its 20th anniversary with a symposium that highlighted pain research being conducted by extramural and intramural researchers.
Read about discoveries made by NIH intramural researchers: Improved gene therapy for sickle-cell disease; ALS gene may be a hitchhiker’s gene to the neuron; household bleach inactivates chronic wasting disease prions; how the brain can turn pain signals up or down; microbleeds may worsen outcome after head injury; and more.