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Vol. LVIII, No. 23
November 17, 2006
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NIAMS at 20

The Extramural Community

With the help of our institute’s extraordinary Extramural Program staff, thousands of the best scientific minds in the country are devoting their efforts to research on bone, muscle, skin and joints. They include new and seasoned investigators, women and minorities and scientists at many levels of professional achievement. They work in universities, hospitals, clinics and private industry; they have large and small grants and contracts; and they pursue basic, translational and clinical questions.

But they contribute so much more to NIAMS than the discoveries that drive our science forward. They also:

  • Advise us on our planning and activities;
  • Serve on our Advisory Council, on scientific committees and on grant-review panels;
  • Review our publications;
  • Mentor young scientists, feeding the pipeline of new investigators;
  • Explain our science to the media, legislators and constituent organizations.

Over the years, we have been privileged to work with a community of scientists and administrators with boundless energy, creativity and dedication. Their contributions have been critical to our success and to the changed lives of millions of patients and their families.

Dr. Graciela S. Alarcón, Jane Knight Lowe chair of medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham

“For 14 years, I have had the privilege of leading the effort to constitute the LUMINA cohort (for Lupus in Minorities: Nature vs. Nurture). This long-term project, involving Hispanics, African Americans and Caucasians with the disorder, would not have been possible without support from NIAMS, for which I am grateful.”

—Dr. Graciela S. Alarcón, Jane Knight Lowe chair of medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham

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