Setting the Precision Medicine Initiative in motion, unveiling the first NIH-wide Strategic Plan in 20-plus years and fine-tuning HIV/AIDS research priorities were just three of the hefty items packing the Dec. 10-11 agenda of the advisory committee to the NIH director (ACD).
Most antidepressants take weeks to work. Dr. Carlos Zarate hopes to develop one that works within hours. At an Astute Clinician Lecture in Masur Auditorium recently, he reviewed progress in developing the next generation of antidepressants and described some of the challenges remaining in bringing them to market.
Dr. Sanjay Jain of Johns Hopkins, a Star Trek fan, is trying to move medicine into the future. His team is conducting experimental work in animals using a combination of computed tomography (CT) and PET scanning techniques to track the behavior of infectious disease in real time.
Undergraduate students from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, toured bioengineering labs and learned about NIH training opportunities during a recent visit to NIH organized by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering’s Division of Interdisciplinary Training.
On the Cover
Detail of artwork for 2014 cover of the Journal of Biological Chemistry shows extracellular matrix, lipid bilayer and cellular components.