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Research Festival Set, Oct. 10-13

The 14th annual NIH Research Festival will be held on campus Oct. 10-13. The festival organizing committee, cochaired this year by NHLBI scientific directors Robert Balaban and Elizabeth Nabel, has been busy planning a wide-ranging program showcasing the scientific diversity of the NIH intramural research program. This year's festival consists of plenary, mini-symposia and poster sessions; a job fair for postdoctoral fellows; a biomedical research equipment show; special exhibits on intramural resources; and a lunchtime food and music fair.

The NIH Job Fair for postdoctoral fellows will kick off Research Festival events on Tuesday, Oct. 10. The fair is sponsored by the Foundation for the NIH and spearheaded by the NIH Office of Education's acting director Brenda Hanning and fair coordinator Shirley Forehand. A new feature of the fair, a keynote address on "Career Decision Strategies in the Era of Biotech: How To Decide What Pathway is Right for You," by Dr. William Schrader, Ligand Pharmaceuticals, will begin activities at 9 a.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The job fair will follow in the Visitor Information Center and will host more than 45 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 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit the job fair web site at for a listing of vacancies of the participating exhibitors.

Two days of scientific symposia begin with plenary sessions on Wednesday morning, Oct. 11. "Nitric Oxide: Molecular Physiology, Pathology and Therapeutics," chaired by Dr. Alan Schechter, NIDDK, and "Angiogenesis: Molecular Mechanics and Therapeutic Strategies," chaired by Dr. William Stetler-Stevenson, NCI, will share the morning program. A third plenary session on "Lessons from Whole Genome Analysis," chaired by Dr. Eric Green, NHGRI, will follow on Thursday morning, Oct. 12. All three plenary sessions will be held in Masur Auditorium.

The morning sessions will be followed each afternoon by six concurrent mini-symposia with topics solicited from the IC scientific directors and members of the various special interest groups. Three poster sessions are also scheduled featuring presentations by more than 350 NIH intramural scientists. These activities all will be held in Natcher Conference Center. Program booklets will not be printed this year. Visit the Research Festival web site at for detailed program information, meeting times and locations, and a printable schedule of events.

The Technical Sales Association will once again sponsor the popular Research Festival Exhibit on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 12 and 13. More than 400 exhibit booths will display state-of-the art equipment, supplies and services by leading regional and national biomedical research suppliers. Because construction has begun for the NIH Child Care Center on part of parking lot 45, the show has returned to its original venue on parking lot 10D adjacent to the Clinical Center's Blood Bank.

Join your friends and colleagues for the Festival Food and Music Fair on Thursday, Oct. 12, from noon to 2:30 p.m., in the Research Festival tent located behind Natcher cafeteria. Sponsored by TSA and the NIH Recreation and Welfare Association, in cooperation with Eurest Dining Services, food will be free, and participants will have the opportunity to enjoy selections from area restaurants such as Ledo's, Hard Times Café, Hollywood East Café, O'Donnell's, McCormick & Schmick's and Eurest Dining Services. Lunch tickets will be limited to the first 2,000 NIH employees who register online at the Research Festival web site The David Bach Consort, a spirited electric group of artists whose music is a mix of jazz, new age and world influences will provide the musical entertainment. Rain or shine, bring a blanket and join in the celebration of the 2000 NIH Research Festival!

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