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Vol. LVIII, No. 23
November 17, 2006
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NIH Intramural Program Hosts Annual Research Festival


NIH’s Intramural Research Program put some of its best work on display Oct. 17-20 at the 2006 NIH Research Festival, “Bench to Bedside.” An opening plenary session on progress in translational research kicked off the 4-day celebration. Three poster sessions and several symposia were seasoned with breaks for special exhibits on intramural research resources as well as a festival food and music fair. The event spanned the main campus, from the Natcher Conference Center to Masur Auditorium to a tent erected outside the Clinical Center in parking lot 10H. The week ended with a Job Fair for NIH Postdoctoral, Research and Clinical Fellows featuring keynote speaker NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni and a 2-day technical equipment tent show.
Poster sessions were held on both levels of the Natcher Conference Center. NIH deputy director for intramural research Dr. Michael Gottesman (r) stops by to chat while touring the poster sessions that featured more than 500 presenters discussing over 300 projects in more than 30 research categories.
NIA director Dr. Richard Hodes (c) listens in on a poster presentation in the Natcher atrium.
NIA director Dr. Richard Hodes (c) listens in on a poster presentation in the Natcher atrium.
NCI senior investigator Dr. John Weinstein (l), head of the Laboratory of Molecular Pharmacology’s genomics and bioinformatics
group, shares his poster with Dr. J. Milburn Jessup, chief of the Diagnostics Evaluation Branch in NCI’s Cancer Diagnostics Program.

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Poster sessions were held on both levels of the Natcher Conference Center.

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NIH deputy director for intramural research Dr. Michael Gottesman (r) stops by to chat while touring the poster sessions that featured more than 500 presenters discussing over 300 projects in more than 30 research categories.

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Dr. Sikandar G. Khan (r), staff scientist in the DNA repair section of the Basic Research Laboratory in NCI’s Center for Cancer Research, chats with Dr. Athar Masood of NIAAA. Khan has worked at NIH for about 11 years and has presented his group’s research work several times at past Research Festivals.

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Freshman poster presenter Kirstyn Brownson (l), who began the second year of a 2-year pre-Intramural Research Training Award position in the Heritable Disorders Branch of NICHD’s unit on molecular dysmorphology last August, shares details of her project. “This is my first year presenting at the NIH Research Festival,” she enthuses. “Because I was an English literature major in college—Butler University—and then attended a 1-year postbaccalaureate premedical program at Johns Hopkins University, this was my first time presenting a poster at any scientific research event. It was both really exciting and an honor to present my work.”

Dr. Sikandar G. Khan (r), staff scientist in the DNA repair section of the Basic Research Laboratory in NCI’s Center for Cancer Research, chats with Dr. Athar Masood of NIAAA. Khan has worked at NIH for about 11 years and has presented his group’s research work several times at past Research Festivals. Freshman poster presenter Kirstyn Brownson (l), who began the second year of a 2-year pre-Intramural Research Training Award position in the Heritable Disorders Branch of NICHD’s unit on molecular dysmorphology last August, shares details of her project. “This is my first year presenting at the NIH Research Festival,” she enthuses. “Because I was an English literature major in college—Butler University—and then attended a 1-year postbaccalaureate premedical program at Johns Hopkins University, this was my first time presenting a poster at any scientific research event. It was both really exciting and an honor to present my work.”
NIA director Dr. Richard Hodes (c) listens in on a poster presentation in the Natcher atrium. Keynote speaker NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni addresses the Job Fair crowd.
Dr. Win Arias (l) of NICHD, who heads the Demystifying Medicine course, and 2006 Research Festival co-chair Dr. George Kunos, NIAAA scientific director, wait to hear Zerhouni’s opening address, “Embarking on the Future,” at the Job Fair on Oct. 19. Zerhouni shared details of his personal journey as a young scientist interested primarily in physics and mathematics, but lured into medicine by a need for human interaction. Later, after seeing a photo of the first-ever CAT scan in a magazine, he decided to pursue medical imaging.
Festival partipants take refreshment in the tent erected on a Bldg. 10 parking lot.

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