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NIH Record  
Vol. LXV, No. 20
  September 27, 2013
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Research Festival Takes Over Bldg. 10, Oct. 7-11
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Bargmann’s Roundworm Studies Yield Insights About Brain Circuitry

Dr. Cori Bargmann kicks off the 2013-2014 Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series on Sept. 9.

Dr. Cori Bargmann kicks off the 2013-2014 Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series on Sept. 9.

Although the much-studied roundworm is about 5,000 genes short of the human total—the official score is around 25,000 for us and 20,000 for them—neuroscientists such as Dr. Cori Bargmann, who is co-leading the working group that is defining the goals of the recently announced NIH BRAIN Initiative, have been able to map out basic neural circuits that we likely share with Caenorhabditis elegans.

At a special Monday kickoff of the 2013-2014 Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series on Sept. 9, Bargmann shared painstaking investigations of roundworm behavior—they dwell, they roam, they twist and turn (but they write neither country tunes nor, as Bargmann noted, Shakespeare)—that has been linked to the activation of specific neural circuits.

In his introduction to Bargmann’s talk, NIH director Dr. Francis Collins expressed gratitude for her support of a brain-mapping effort due to begin in FY 2014: “We are particularly grateful to Cori for putting her lab work on hold for the last 3 months” so she could co-lead the BRAIN Initiative working group and help determine its scientific goals. “Next summer, we hope to announce a 5-year plan for the initiative. It is a very exciting time in neuroscience.”

Gates To Give Barmes Global Health Lecture, Oct. 7 in Masur

Bill Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will deliver the annual David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture, “Why the Future Needs Biomedical Innovation,” on Monday, Oct. 7, at 1 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Known for his philanthropy, Gates advocates for research and innovation to help people live healthy and productive lives. He is also an outspoken supporter of federal investment in basic scientific research.

In 2000, he and his wife Melinda established the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve international public health through the development of vaccines, therapies, diagnostics, agricultural products and other technologies and to partner with the private and public sectors to ensure that these technologies can be delivered successfully to the people who need them. In the U.S., the Gates Foundation supports innovations that improve public education. To date, the foundation has invested $27.6 billion in grants.