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NIH Record  
Vol. LXVII, No. 21
  October 9, 2015
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29th Yearly Celebration
Research Festival 2015 Lauds ‘Amazing Place to Do Science’

NCI’s Dr. Peter Choyke at the opening plenary

NCI’s Dr. Peter Choyke at the opening plenary
session of NIH Research Festival 2015

“There are 8 million stories in the naked city,” to quote a line from classic TV, “and this is 1” or a dozen of them. As usual, NIH’s yearly Research Festival presented some of the best tales in its own “city”—the Intramural Research Program—for the 29th celebration of in-house science since 1986.

“The intent of the Research Festival is to get people out of the laboratories, out of the clinics and talking to each other about their science with the hope of stimulating activities that are even more exciting than the ones currently going on,” said NIH deputy director for intramural research Dr. Michael Gottesman, opening the 3-day event on Sept. 16.

“There’s one thread that runs through all
of the Research Festivals and that is that this is an amazing, amazing place to do science,” he said. Part of the IRP’s long-term success is due to the fact that “we not only attract many talented people, but we [also] provide longterm support and encouragement for what could be viewed in some places as high-risk activities.”


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Briggs Named Interim Director
Collins Welcomes Working Group’s PMI Plan

NIH director Dr. Francis Collins has enthusiastically embraced the summer-long efforts of an advisory committee to the NIH director working group on the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). The PMI workgroup presented him on Sept. 17 with a report outlining how to enroll a cohort of more than 1 million Americans by 2020 in an effort to, as HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell has explained, “tailor disease prevention and treatment to individuals based on genetics, environment and lifestyle.”

“This is an excellent report,” Collins told reporters during an hour-long media telebriefing that afternoon, “an excellent framework…The stars are aligning.”

He cautioned that PMI “is not just a genomic project. We are taking a much broader view…This is an inflection point of a very significant sort.”


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