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Preparations Afoot for Next Fall's Research Festival

Spring is in the air, and a young researcher's fancy turns to thoughts of -- the NIH Research Festival! The annual festival spotlights the NIH intramural program and runs this year from Oct 6 to 10. Dr. Allen Spiegel, scientific director for NIDDK, chairs the 1997 organizing committee. Researchers interested in presenting posters at the festival must submit applications by Friday, June 13. Visit the festival home page, http://pubnet-mac.nih.gov/festival97/, for more details.

The Natcher Conference Center will host most of the scientific programs on Monday, Oct. 6, and Tuesday, Oct. 7. The schedule includes two major symposia, one organized by the Immunology Interest Group and the second by the Structural Biology Interest Group. In addition, more than 300 posters will be displayed during four poster sessions. The sessions are closely coordinated with over 20 workshops developed by other NIH interest groups. On Wednesday, Oct. 8, the Office of Education will host a Job Fair for NIH postdoctoral researchers. A third symposium on Wednesday afternoon will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the DeWitt Stetten, Jr. Museum of Medical Research. Thursday and Friday of that week will include the popular tent show by vendors with the Technical Sales Association.

Researchers from all ICDs are invited to submit an application to present posters at the festival. However, poster space is limited to approximately 320 presentations. As a suggested guideline for applicants, principal investigators are encouraged to reduce the number of entries from the same laboratory wherever possible, either by coordinating or combining similar or repetitive presentations.

Researchers may submit applications via the festival Web site mentioned above. Applicants simply fill in the blanks on the Web form and forward the information with the click of a button. Authors are required to submit a brief abstract, but unlike last year's posters, viewing access to the abstracts will be restricted to NIH users via DCRT's PUBnet site.

The deadline to submit entries is 5 p.m., Friday, June 13. Applicants lacking access to the Web site may submit entries via fax or email; look for Research Festival flyers with the application form, appearing on desks throughout NIH, or contact Gregory Roa, 6-1776, email gr25v@nih.gov, for more information.


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