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Frederick Festival Connects Science, Health

NCI's Frederick Cancer Research and Development Center and the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command at Ft. Detrick recently hosted the fourth annual Spring Research Festival held under a tent on the Ft. Detrick parade grounds. Thousands of visitors, including both scientists and the public, were drawn to myriad displays, presentations and exhibits during the 2-day event.

Meeting and greeting at the exhibit of scientific equipment.

At the center of the tent, more than 180 poster presentations on current research being conducted at NCI-FCRDC and Ft. Detrick were exhibited. At the far end of the tent, a large scientific instrumentation exposition consisting of 150 exhibitors displayed the latest in biomedical research equipment and supplies. At the tent's entrance, 72 booths and a mobile health van provided tips, advice and information on cancer, AIDS and other diseases, as well as offering free services such as health screenings, body fat analysis, and health risk appraisals. Each morning, 15-minute oral presentations by eight postdoctoral fellows were given in the conference center. On the first afternoon, four scientists from USAMRIID also presented a public video/lecture on emerging infectious diseases. On the second afternoon, seven scientists described what's new in core services. A 4-hour career fair also was offered to festival attendees at the NCI-FCRDC café in Bldg. 549. Next year, the Spring Research Festival will once again be on the Wednesday and Thursday of Armed Forces Week at Ft. Detrick. So mark your calendar now: May 16-17, 2001, for the fifth annual Ft. Detrick/NCI-FCRDC Spring Research Festival.

One of more than 180 posters at the festival draws attention.

Students Bryan Haines and Bridget O'Laughlin were among 18 presenters selected to receive a framed certificate and a cash award, courtesy of the Technical Sales Association, for their outstanding posters at the 2000 Spring Research Festival.

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