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NIH Record  
Vol. LXI, No. 10
  May 15, 2009
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Week-Long Event Builds Excitement
Just Past Infancy, Nanomedicine Takes 1st Steps at NIH
  Dr. Mark Ratner of Northwestern University gives lead-off NanoWeek lecture.
  Dr. Mark Ratner of Northwestern University gives lead-off NanoWeek lecture.

Like any 6-year-old, nanomedicine is just in primary school, learning its way in the world. And like any proud parent, NIH was raring to show what its offspring could already do. That was one of the main ideas behind the recent NIH NanoWeek 2009: Bring together some of nanotechnology’s early adopters. Share lessons learned. Point out pitfalls. Plan next steps. Network. Build teams.

“Nanomedicine is not yet in vogue right now,” said Dr. Kuan Wang, chief of NIAMS’s Laboratory of Muscle Biology and one of the event’s organizers. “It really did not exist. NIH is building its own brand of science. This is as creative as, say, Apple’s inventing the iPod for the music community. What we are doing with NanoWeek is using the chance to promote a much closer community with other fields of science like engineering and with other institutions like NIST. Interaction can be a lot more in-depth. Nanomedicine is going to have to involve everyone from clinicians to physicists.”

NIH Responds to H1N1 Flu Outbreak

All agencies in the Department of Health and Human Services, NIH among them, are working to investigate, monitor and slow the spread of the 2009 H1N1 influenza outbreak, as well as to provide information to public health officials, health care providers and citizens.

The outbreak is caused by a new flu virus to which most people will not have immunity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization confirm a growing number of human infections, hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S. and internationally.

NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci recently testified at several Capitol Hill hearings regarding NIH’s role in the outbreak. He said that while the initial course of developing a vaccine has begun, the process will take time.

Meanwhile, NIAID and the Clinical Center are intensely involved in coordinating NIH’s response effort. The NIAID home page is providing updates.