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NIH Record  
Vol. LXVI, No. 13
  June 20, 2014
NIBIB Acquaints Congressional Staff with High Technology
NIAID’s Jeang Honored with Memorial Garden, Lecture
Ugandan Family Appreciates Visit to NIH, Washington, D.C.
PHS Nursing Recognition Day Held at NIH
Children’s Inn Play Park Receives Award
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New Flu Strategy
Palese Points Way to Universal Influenza Virus Vaccine

Dr. Peter Palese has a strategy for a universal flu vaccine, which he shared with a Masur audience.
Dr. Peter Palese has a strategy for a universal flu vaccine, which he shared with a Masur audience.
Flu viruses morph like shapeshifters from the old myths, returning yearly to sicken and kill. Because they are constantly changing, it’s hard to develop a universal vaccine against them.

Now Dr. Peter Palese has a new strategy.

“We want to make a vaccine that can last 20 years or even a lifetime,” said Palese during his recent Wednesday Afternoon Lecture titled “Towards a Universal Influenza Virus Vaccine.”

Professor and chairman of the department of microbiology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, Palese has been internationally honored for his fundamental work on the genetics of influenza viruses. He spoke to a large crowd in Masur Auditorium.

“The present vaccines against influenza are pretty good. The big problem with influenza viruses,” said Palese, “is a lot of variability…


The Power of Affinity
Authorís Autistic Son Finds His Voice Through Film

Author Ron Suskind
Author Ron Suskind

Sometimes we’re caught completely unprepared for what life throws at us. We’re busy, hard at work and play, then comes a curveball. Somehow, we have to adapt and find a way forward.

About 20 years ago, journalist Ron Suskind and his family moved to Washington. He’d accepted a new job with the Wall Street Journal, where his reporting would soon earn him a Pulitzer Prize for stories about an aspiring inner city youth who’d been left behind but managed to climb out of his predicament. Meanwhile, at home, Suskind’s 3-year-old son Owen was diagnosed with regressive autism. The once-bubbly toddler suddenly became inconsolable and had fallen silent. So began the Suskind family’s journey to connect with Owen so he too would not be left behind.