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Vol. LXV, No. 14
July 5, 2013

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Systems Biology Centers Celebrate 10 Years

NIGMS will host a meeting July 11-12 focused on the activities and accomplishments of its National Centers for Systems Biology. The free event is open to all and will take place in Kirschstein Auditorium, Bldg. 45. The agenda includes a panel discussion on the future of systems biology, presentations from each center and talks by young scientists whose careers have been affected by the program. For details, visit

Graduate & Professional School Fair, July 17

The NIH Graduate and Professional School Fair will be held on Wednesday, July 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Natcher Conference Center. The fair provides an opportunity for NIH summer interns (especially those in college) and postbacs, as well as other college students in the D.C. area, to prepare for the next career step. More than 100 colleges and universities from across the U.S. will be sending representatives in hopes of recruiting NIH trainees.

The day will also include workshops on various related topics and exhibits, which will open from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. A list of participating institutions and registration information can be found at

FAES Announces Fall 2013 Courses

The Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences Graduate School at NIH announces the schedule of courses for the fall 2013 semester. The majority of the evening classes sponsored by FAES will be held on the NIH campus.

Courses are offered in biochemistry, bioinformatics, biology, biotechnology (daytime courses), chemistry, immunology, languages, medicine, microbiology, pharmacology, statistics, technology transfer, alternative medicine, GRE and courses of general interest. Advanced studies in technology transfer and public health are also being offered.

Students who complete the Advanced Studies in Technology Transfer at FAES can now transfer all 15 credits as a block to University of Maryland University College Graduate School of Management and Technology. By completing 21 more credits at UMUC, students can be awarded M.S. degrees (with specialization in technology transfer). See transfer of credits in the 2013-2014 FAES catalog.

FAES courses may be accepted in transfer at other academic institutions; consult the transfer policies of each institution.

Classes will begin the week of Sept. 9; mail registration is now through Aug. 16; online registration is now through Aug. 25; walk-in registration will be held in Bldg. 10, Rm. 1C172 on Aug. 26-Sept. 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sept. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Open house will be held Aug. 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. in Bldg. 10 (classroom 4), Rm. B1C208; tuition is $145 per credit hour and courses may be taken for credit or audit.

Fall catalogs are available in the graduate school office in Bldg. 60, Suite 230; the Foundation Bookstore in Bldg. 10, Rm. B1L101; and the business office in Bldg. 10, Rm. B1C18. To have a catalog sent, call (301) 496-7976 or visit

Skarlatos, McKeon Honored for Contributions to Genetic, Cellular Therapy

Dr. Sonia Skarlatos
Dr. Sonia Skarlatos

Dr. Sonia Skarlatos, deputy director of the division of cardiovascular sciences, NHLBI, and Dr. Catherine McKeon, senior advisor for genetic research, NIDDK, received the inaugural Distinguished Service Award at the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy’s 16th annual meeting in Salt Lake City recently. Both are founding members of ASGCT and have served on several of the organization’s committees.

Skarlatos, who spearheads national and international innovative gene and cell research therapies for heart, lung and blood diseases, was honored for developing several programs to support gene and cell therapy investigators from bench to clinical application and for ensuring that certified good manufacturing practices for gene insertion are available to researchers.

Dr. Catherine McKeon
Dr. Catherine McKeon

McKeon oversees NIDDK programs in gene therapy for cystic fibrosis and inborn errors of metabolism. She was honored by ASGCT for her long history of support for gene therapy research, including issuing one of the first NIH requests for application of research centered on gene transfer and gene therapy; organization of multiple gene therapy symposia; and participation in educational efforts with young investigators by speaking about NIH funding opportunities during educational sessions at ASGCT’s annual meeting.



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