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NIH Gearing Up for 1999 Research Festival

Preparations are under way for the 1999 NIH Research Festival, scheduled for Oct. 5-8. This year's organizing committee, chaired by Dr. Jeffrey M. Trent, NHGRI scientific director, has planned three major- and 12 mini-symposia to be coordinated with poster sessions. The program for this fall was developed also with Dr. Story Landis, NINDS scientific director, and Dr. John I. Gallin, Clinical Center director.

"We've structured the event to cover a wide-range of research interests in hopes of offering something of interest to the entire NIH research community. In addition, the epic battle of the bands promises to be exciting as the NIH Directors take on Wild Type," says Trent.

This year's event begins with a Job Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. NIH postdoctoral fellows are invited to attend and meet with representatives from a number of biotechnology and pharmaceutical firms, as well as government agencies advertising full-time positions. All NIH postdocs are welcome; no preregistration is necessary to attend. For more information, contact Shirley Forehand by email at, or refer to the Job Fair Web site at

Following Tuesday's Job Fair, the festival's scientific meetings will be condensed into a 2-day format running Oct. 6 and 7, featuring three plenary sessions and 12 mini-symposia focusing on topics of wide interest to the scientific community.

The plenary sessions are Advances in Medical Imaging, chaired by Dr. John Gallin, CC, 8:30 to 10 a.m. and Advances in Transplantation Research, chaired by Dr. Story Landis, NINDS, 10:30 a.m. to noon, both in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Thursday's plenary lecture is Advances in Gene Therapy, chaired by Dr. Cynthia Dunbar, NHLBI, and Dr. Richard Morgan, NHGRI, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Natcher Conference Center's main auditorium.

The mini-symposia will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 6 and Thursday, Oct. 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Natcher Conference Center. Six concurrent sessions will run each of the 2 days. Suggestions for topics were solicited from the NIH interinstitute interest groups and from individuals, and these were narrowed down to 12 mini-symposia that are broad in scope and cover a wide range of research topics relating to the plenary sessions and posters.

The first day's plenary sessions and mini-symposia will close with a battle of the bands and dance, featuring NIH's own Directors and Wild Type, a group of well-known researchers from Johns Hopkins University.

As usual, the Research Festival will include poster sessions, with correlating themes of that day's plenary lectures and symposia. This year's list of poster presentations is also searchable on the festival Web site by either the presenter's name or a particular area of interest.

The Technical Sales Association will once again sponsor the scientific equipment show on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 7 and 8.

A complete listing of events is available on the Web at

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