T H E   N I H    C A T A L Y S T      M A Y   –  J U N E   2002

Three NIHers Elected to NAS

At NIH, April showers often bring not just May flowers, but the equally pleasing election of intramural scientists to the ranks of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences. Among the 72 new members and 15 foreign associates elected to the Academy this year were:

Harvey Alter, chief, Infectious Diseases Section, and associate director of research, Department of Transfusion Medicine, Clinical Center

Adriaan Bax, chief, NMR Biophysical Spectroscopy, NIDDK

Joseph Fraumeni, director, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, NCI

All three scientists are NIH legends. Alter has made profound contributions to the study of hepatitis viruses and won the Clinical Lasker award in 2000.

Bax has been one of NIH’s most-cited chemists—biophysicists, actually—for his pioneering methods in structural biology.

Fraumeni is one of the fathers of epidemiological research at NIH, one of the most-cited scientists in his field, and the co-discoverer of Li-Fraumeni syndrome (cancers associated with germline p53 mutations).


Mouse Phenotyping

The Veterinary Resources Program is now offering standardized gross and histopathologic analyses of genetically engineered mouse strains, including serum chemistries and hematology.

The workup is designed to evaluate the expected and unexpected phenotypes of the gene manipulations. Analysis will be performed on 18 age-matched mice, 6 each of wild-type, homozygote, and heterozygote.

Currently covered by "membership fee," individual investigators will not be charged until FY 2004.

Contact Michael Eckhaus (301-496-4465)or Georgina Miller (301-496-4465) for more information or to schedule submissions.


GM Awards

The General Motors Cancer Research Foundation Annual Scientific Conference will be held June 4–5 in the Masur Auditorium. Winners of the 2002 GMCRF awards will present talks on the second day. For more information, see the website or contact GMCRF by phone—(919) 668-8018—or e-mail.

Health and Safety Expo

The NIH Health and Safety Expo will be held June 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Starting in Masur Auditorium with a talk on biodefense by NIAID’s Carole Heilman, the Expo will afterward move down one floor to the Visitor’s Information Center.



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