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NIH Record  
Vol. LXIII, No. 24
  November 25, 2011
NIH Celebrates a Decade of Accessibility
Goosby To Give Barmes Global Health Lecture, Dec. 13 in Masur
NIH, Surgeon General Launch Go4Life Campaign
Amos Cuts Through Smoke at Trent Lecture
NINDS Student Intern Meets the President
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A Stand for Science
At NIH, Secretary of State Clinton Charts Course to an ‘AIDS-Free Generation’

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses a Masur Auditorium audience Nov. 8.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses a Masur Auditorium audience Nov. 8.
We have the power to eliminate a deadly pandemic that has plagued the world for the last 30 years. Working together, we can create an “AIDS-free generation.” That’s what Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced at NIH on Nov. 8.

“AIDS is still an incurable disease, but it no longer has to be a death sentence,” Clinton declared. “Today, thanks both to new knowledge and to new ways of applying it, we have the chance to give countless lives and futures to millions of people who are alive today, but equally—if not more importantly—to an entire generation yet to be born.”

Her visit kicked off preparation for World AIDS Day activities on Dec. 1 and the international conference “AIDS 2012” that will be held in Washington, D.C., next June.

Tissue Engineering Moves from Sci Fi to Reality, Mikos Shows

Dr. Antonios Mikos
Dr. Antonios Mikos
If you ever want to gain a fresh appreciation of how well made the human body is, try building replacement parts for missing or damaged elements of the original equipment. It will require all the biology, chemistry, physics and engineering you can marshal, and then some.

In a recent Wednesday Afternoon Lecture he titled “Biomaterials for Tissue Engineering,” Dr. Antonios G. Mikos, professor in the department of bioengineering at Rice University, gave an overview of a “relatively young field” that has been around for only 20 years or so.

“The promise of the field,” however, “is no longer science fiction, but reality,” said Mikos, who holds 25 patents and has worked on biomaterials in a wide range of tissues.