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16th Research Festival Ready to Go

The 16th annual NIH Research Festival will be held in the Natcher Conference Center from Oct. 15 to 18. The festival organizing committee, cochaired this year by scientific directors Dr. Barry Hoffer of NIDA and Dr. Thomas Kindt of NIAID, has planned a wide-ranging program that once again showcases the scientific diversity of the intramural research program.

The NIH Job Fair for Postdoctoral Fellows will kick off festival events on Tuesday, Oct. 15. The fair is sponsored by the Foundation for the NIH with assistance from the NIH Office of Education. Dr. Michael Zasloff, dean, research and translational science, Georgetown University Medical Center, will present the fair's keynote address, "From NIH Bench to the Biotech Bedside," beginning at 10 a.m. in the auditorium of the Natcher Conference Center.

The Job Fair will follow immediately and will host representatives from industry, government, the academic community and nonprofit organizations. NIH postdoctoral 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 3 p.m. Visit the fair web site at for a listing of vacancies of the participating exhibitors.

Two days of scientific symposia will begin with a plenary session on "Biodefense: A New NIH Mission," at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16. A second plenary session featuring presentations on "Bench to Bedside: NIH Success Stories," will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17. Both sessions will be held in the auditorium of the Natcher Conference Center.

Twelve mini-symposia with topics solicited from the IC scientific directors and members of the various special interest groups have also been planned for the 2 days as well as four poster sessions featuring presentations by almost 400 intramural scientists.

The Technical Sales Association will again sponsor the Research Festival Exhibit Show on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 17 and 18. More than 400 booths will display state-of-the-art equipment, supplies and services by leading regional and national biomedical research suppliers. The tent show will take place on parking lot 10D adjacent to the Clinical Center Blood Bank.

Visit for more program information, meeting locations and complete listings of poster abstracts and special exhibits on intramural resources.

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