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Research Festival '01 Slated for Oct. 2-5 at Natcher Bldg.

The 15th annual NIH Research Festival will be held in the Natcher Conference Center on Oct. 2-5. The festival organizing committee, cochaired this year by Dr. Peter Lipsky, scientific director, NIAMS, and Dr. J. Carl Barrett, director, Center for Cancer Research, NCI, has planned a wide-ranging program that once again showcases the scientific diversity of the intramural research program.

A job fair for postdoctoral fellows will kick off Research Festival events on Tuesday, Oct. 2. The fair is sponsored by the Foundation for the NIH and led by the NIH Office of Education's acting director Brenda Hanning and fair coordinator Shirley Forehand. Back by popular demand, William Schrader of XenoPharm, Inc. will speak on "Career Decision Strategies in the Era of Biotech: How to Decide What Pathway Is Right for You," beginning at 10 a.m. in the main auditorium at Natcher. The job fair will follow, hosting representatives from industry, government, the academic community and nonprofit organizations. Post-doctoral fellows who are completing their research training and seeking permanent employment will have the opportunity to meet with these representatives from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit the job fair web site at for a listing of vacancies of the participating exhibitors.

Dr. David Lipman, director of NLM's National Center for Biotechnology Information, will deliver the festival's keynote address on "Why is Sequence Comparison Useful?" at 4 p.m. in Natcher's main auditorium on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Two days of scientific symposia will follow, beginning with a plenary session on Wednesday morning, Oct. 3. Dr. Lance Liotta, NCI, will chair a session on "Proteomics: From Protein Structure to Disease Mechanisms," beginning at 9 a.m. On Thursday, Oct. 4, at 8:30 a.m., a new component of the festival, the institute/center directors seminar, will feature several IC directors discussing their views on the future direction of biomedical research and will be chaired by NIH acting director Dr. Ruth Kirschstein and Dr. Michael Gottesman, NIH deputy director for intramural research. Both of these sessions will be held in the main auditorium of the Natcher center.

Twenty-four mini-symposia with topics solicited from the scientific directors and members of various special interest groups have also been planned for the 2 days. Four poster sessions are also scheduled, featuring presentations by 300 NIH intramural scientists.

The Technical Sales Association will again sponsor the research festival exhibit tent show on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 4 and 5, in parking lot 10D adjacent to the Clinical Center. More than 400 exhibit booths will display state-of-the art equipment, supplies and services by leading regional and national biomedical research suppliers.

Visit the festival web site at for detailed program information and symposia summaries, meeting locations and a complete listing of poster abstracts and special intramural resources.

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