The COVID-19 pandemic has thousands of NIHers teleworking and all labs to have minimal staffing to carry on essential research or maintenance operations. But many NIH scientists have been working around the clock trying to decipher the secrets held by the virus that causes the disease and to develop treatments and vaccines. The NIH Catalyst has compiled a timeline that highlights much of what is going on.
All of us have been experiencing the isolation, anxiety, and frustrations of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. For most of us this is a stressful period, yet we still must carry on our interactions with our colleagues, now physically separated from us, using communication tools that may be unfamiliar and at times add additional stress. It is especially important that we continue to interact with each other in a civil and respectful manner.
The following is an excerpt from Alice Evans’s memoirs, written in 1963, about her experiences during the 1918 influenza pandemic. Evans, a bacteriologist, was one of the first women scientists at NIH and worked there from 1918 to 1945. Her research led to the recognition of brucellosis as a public-health problem and the acceptance of the need to pasteurize milk.
NEWS FROM AND ABOUT THE SCIENTIFIC INTEREST GROUPS
NEW SIG: COVID-19 Scientific Interest Group
The COVID-19 Scientific Interest Group was created in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This interest group is intended for NIH scientists and HHS colleagues to exchange information concerning research on COVID-19 disease and the virus that causes it—severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).
The two Nobel Laureates—Frances Arnold and James Allison—who presented WALS lectures this winter were notable for their “firsts.” Arnold was the first American woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. James Allison was the first to present a virtual WALS lecture in this historic time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Emily Chew understands the power of nutrition, and she has the data to back herself up. Eating fish as “brain food” before taking an exam and consuming goji berries to achieve better eyesight were some of the many wisdoms she learned when growing up in a Chinese immigrant family in British Columbia (Canada).
The Journey of Physician–scientist and Musician John Tisdale, M.D.
BY CAROLINE DUNCOMBE, NIAID
If you were to dissect the anatomy of the NIH director’s band, you would find the supporting beat of John Tisdale’sbass guitar. Although primarily a senior investigator and branch chief in the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and in search of a cure for sickle-cell disease, Tisdale plays a secondary role as the resident bass guitarist for NIH musical ensembles.
Read about NIH scientific advances by intramural scientists: how replenishing neuronal mitochondria may help spinal cord regrow after injury; tooth enamel protein may be therapeutic target for blinding disease; autoimmunity may be on the rise; preventing tumor growth; and more.
Many aspects of Sherlock Holmes’s famous detective skills were modeled after one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s medical school professors, Dr. Joseph Bell, who was able to deduce a stranger’s occupation and recent activities based on minute details such as the dirt on their shoes. If only Holmes or Bell could closely observe patients with rare diseases today...
The Potential Path from Ph.D. to Medical Science Liaison
BY CRAIG MYRUM (NIA)
Are you as good with people as you are with a pipette? Can you cut down on scientific jargon to effectively communicate science with anyone? What about your leadership and critical-thinking skills? If you envisage a career outside of academia and these qualities seem to describe you, consider transitioning into a role as a Medical Science Liaison (MSL).
News about events, deadlines, lectures including new ITAP intramural funding program for COVID-19 research, OITE online resources for traininees, new COVID-19 lecture series, workshop on “Pregnancy and Maternal Conditions that Increase Risk of Morbidity and Mortality”; new issue of Women’s Health in Focus at NIH; and more.
NIH IRP PUBLICATIONS RECOGNIZED FOR PRESTIGIOUS INTERACTIVE MEDIA AWARDS
Three NIH intramural research program publications were recognized by the Horizon Interactive Awards, a leading international interactive media awards competition that highlight this year’s “best of the best” in interactive media production.