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Frederick Festival Connects Science, Health

Mark your calendars now for the second annual Ft. Detrick NCI-Frederick Cancer Research and Development Center Spring Research Festival on May 28-29. The center and the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command at Ft. Detrick invite all NIH employees and Frederick County residents to participate. Events of interest to both scientists and the public are planned from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days.

"This year's goal," said Dr. Donald Summers, NCI-FCRDC associate director, "is to acquaint our neighbors, both scientist and citizen, with the basic nature of our research, the discoveries we have made, and the challenges we face in the fight against cancer, AIDS and other diseases. We view this festival as a unique opportunity to connect science and society through a shared awareness and community spirit."

Dr. Donald Summers

Poster presentations on current research being conducted at Ft. Detrick and NCI-FCRDC and demonstrations showing the wide range of biomedical research activities under way will be exhibited. From 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., more than 250 vendors, under the sponsorship of the Technical Sales Association, will display biomedical research equipment and supplies. A career fair will be offered to festival attendees from 3 to 7 p.m. both days.

A health fair is also scheduled with information on cancer, AIDS and other diseases, as well as free health screenings, body fat analyses, and health risk appraisals. A central area will feature several demonstrations including healthy cooking, aerobics and yoga. An extensive exhibit for employees and the community on ergonomics in the workplace and prevention of occupational injuries is also planned.

Finally, two 30-minute presentations, offered May 28 at 7 p.m. in Strough Auditorium, Ft. Detrick, and designed for a public audience, will be given by NCI's Dr. Ed Sausville on drug discovery/design research and Cdr. Jerry Parker on the Army's research activities.

The festival will take place on the Ft. Detrick parade grounds inside the main entrance. NIH employees may ride the daily shuttle to Frederick; the schedule can be found in the NIH telephone directory. For more information about festival events, contact Dr. Howard Young at or visit

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