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NIH Record  
Vol. LXV, No. 2
  January 18, 2013
Researchers Hunt for Causes of Nodding Syndrome
Straus Lecturer Describes Promise in Herbs, Natural Products
Technology for Stargazers Helps Scientists See Into Eye
U.S.-Iran Scientific Partnerships Hold Promise
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New FAES Executive Director Focuses on Building

FAES Executive Director Christina Farias

FAES Executive Director Christina Farias

Nearly 12 months into her new job as executive director of the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences and Christina Farias could sum up her first year here in one word: “building”—as in constructing new digs, forming new partnerships and framing new directions.

For a long while, much of what Farias knew about NIH was hearsay. Her neighbors—both NIH employees—were unofficial ambassadors for the agency. “One is a scientist and one is a lab manager,” Farias explained, “and I’d heard from them such glowing talk about the NIH community that I admired NIH from a distance for some time. I’ve always leaned toward working for non-profits and organizations with missions that involve helping people. So when the FAES job was advertised, it just seemed like a perfect fit.”

Before taking her new position, Farias did a fair amount of research on FAES and its history of supporting the nation’s medical research agency. She arrived with a plan.

Got Ginger?
Dong Speaks on Nutritional Foods, Cancer Prevention

Dr. Zigang Dong
Cancer remains one of the leading causes of death in today’s world, says Dr. Zigang Dong, director of the Mayo Clinic’s Hormel Institute and professor at the University of Minnesota.

He recently visited NIH to give a talk titled “Can We Win the War Against Cancer by Prevention?” This was part of the Stars in Nutrition and Cancer Lecture Series, sponsored by NCI’s Division of Cancer Prevention.

Many kinds of cancer trends—including the incidence of lung and stomach cancer—are going down, he said. And yet in the U.S., the total cancer incidence and death rate has dropped only slightly.