October 8, 1996
U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services
'Looking for That 1 in 1000'|
Job Fair Adds Spice to 10th Festival
By Carla Garnett
A few new spices were thrown into the scientific potpourri that is
NIH's 5-day annual Research Festival, which celebrated its 10th
anniversary this year. Leading off was a Sept. 16 symposium
featuring international experts on a current "hot" topic -- prion
diseases, a group of neurodegenerative disorders that includes "mad
cow" disease, and its human counterpart Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease.
Two other symposia -- one on the genetics of complex disease and another, the
NIDR Alumni Symposium, which honored Dr. Stephan Mergenhagen, the recently
retired long-time chief of the institute's Laboratory of Immunology -- four poster
sessions, a picnic lunch, a scientific job fair, nearly 30 workshops, and a scientific
equipment show were packed into the festival.
By Alisa Zapp
At the Wednesday Afternoon Lecture scheduled for the week before Halloween, a researcher will decribe the deadly effects of a brew containing the funtional equivalent of cobra toxin, tetrodotoxin (puffer fish poison), and botulinum toxin. He'll also describe how this potent venom, found in marine snails, helps to reveal molecular mechanisms underlying nervous system function.