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NIH Record
Vol. LVIII, No. 15
July 28, 2006
Finding the Evolution in Medicine
High School Scientist Sangha Wins Multiple Awards
Gym Personality Kerkhof Gets Birthday Surprise
NIAMS at 20 — The Power of Partnership
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Roadmap Ramps Up Clinical Research
'Academic Home' To Be Created for Clinical, Translational Science
Adding new vigor to clinical research has been a top priority for NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni since he arrived here in 2002. No surprise then that one of the NIH Roadmap’s three main initiatives is Re-engineering the Clinical Research Enterprise. The largest component of the initiative is the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program that was announced in fall 2005. Its first awards will be made by the end of September 2006.

Labyrinth as Holistic Healing
The Calmest Distance Between Two Ears Is Not a Straight Line
  Fellow Victoria Bohler uses the NIH labyrinth.
Riddle me this: What single word means a dance floor, a convoluted enclosure, an organ of balance, a turbine seal and a place to meditate?

Answer: the labyrinth.

Ancient poets sang of the labyrinth as a place where youths and maidens danced, as well as a mythical structure where heroes and monsters matched wits. The human ear contains, in its inner portion, an anatomical labyrinth of semicircular canals and a snail-shaped coil. The labyrinth seal, used in turbines, has intricate threads.