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NIH Record  
Vol. LXII, No. 7
  April 2, 2010
Rosling Advises ‘Mind the Gap,’ Touts Fact-Based World View
Two Nobel Laureates Fill Masur on Successive Days
Earth Day 2010 Is Coming to the Neighborhood
NCI’s Shady Grove Campus To Open In 2013
Crusade to Prevent Building Floods Continues
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Stem Cell ‘Game Changer’
NIH Launches Intramural iPS Center
  Dr. John O’Shea of NIAMS leads group to implement stem cell applications at NIH.
  Dr. John O’Shea of NIAMS leads group to implement stem cell applications at NIH.

Capitalizing on the unique resources of its Intramural Research Program, NIH will establish an induced Pluripotent Stem (iPS) Cell Center, NIH director Dr. Francis Collins announced recently. The new NIH iPS Cell Center, or NiPC, is one of seven new initiatives supported through the NIH Common Fund during fiscal year 2010.

“I’m very excited and think this will really be a game changer at NIH,” said Dr. John O’Shea, NIAMS scientific director and lead coordinator of the work group to implement stem cell translational applications at NIH. “For a variety of reasons, stem cell biology is not as vigorous on the NIH campus as it could be. Nonetheless, there is outstanding work going on presently and we are clearly poised to move ahead quickly. Moreover, NIH has considerable experience with gene therapy, stem cell transplantation and extraordinary patient populations. The environment of the intramural program—long-term stable funding to tackle risky but rewarding projects—is ideal for this work. For all these reasons, an NIH iPS Center seems like a terrific idea.”

Naturopathy Gaining Foothold, and Under Study by NCCAM
  Dr. Wendy Weber
  Dr. Wendy Weber

Unless you are a left coaster who graduated from Evergreen State College within the last 35 years, you cannot be faulted for knowing little about naturopathy, a branch of medicine that originated in the late 19th century in Europe, migrated to the United States in the 1890s in the person of German physician Dr. Benjamin Lust, went dormant for the better part of the 20th century and then re-emerged in the 1970s as young people sought natural alternatives to conventional medicine.

Evergreen State, in Olympia, Wash., is at the geographic epicenter of interest in naturopathy, which is most popular on the west coast and Canada, where the majority of the six accredited schools that teach the discipline are located.