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

Franklin Miller (far left), a special expert in the CC Department of Clinical Bioethics, and Christine Grady, head of the Department’s Section on Human Subjects Research, have been elected Fellows of the Hastings Center– the "bioethicist equivalent of the National Academy," says Department chief Ezekiel Emanuel.


NIH Research Festival 2002

The 16th Annual NIH Research Festival, the yearly showcase for the NIH intramural research program, will be held October 15 through 18 in the Natcher Conference Center.

The Research Festival Organizing Committee, co-chaired this year by Barry Hoffer, NIDA scientific director, and Thomas Kindt, NIAID director of intramural research, is now accepting submission of poster abstracts by all NIH staff and Bethesda FDA/CBER staff.

Posters in any area of research conducted by the NIH intramural program will be considered, but the committee is requesting a limit of one poster per first author.

Plenary, mini-symposia, and poster sessions are scheduled on Wednesday and Thursday, October 16 and 17.

There will be two plenary sessions—"Biodefense: A New NIH Mission" and "Bench-to-Bedside: NIH Success Stories"— and 12 mini-symposia.

The NIH Job Fair for Postdoctoral Fellows, sponsored by the Office of Education, will kick off the week’s events on Tuesday, October 15; the Scientific Equipment Show, sponsored by the Technical Sales Association, will cap them on Thursday and Friday, October 17 and 18, in Parking Lot 10D.

For a preliminary general schedule of events and the online poster registration form, visit the Research Festival website.

The deadline for online poster submission is 5:00 p.m., Friday, August 16. Applicants will receive e-mail confirmation of receipt of abstracts and will be notified of acceptance by early September.

For more information about poster registration, contact Paula Cohen at (301) 496-1776.




Over the years, NIH intramural research scientists have been actively involved in all aspects of technology transfer. To date, more than 500 Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) and thousands of material transfer agreements (MTAs) have been signed. Additionally, more than 1,500 license agreements have been executed. These collaborations and exchanges have generated a wealth of technologies, including new therapeutic drugs, materials, methods, and devices that have improved the public health.

To help educate scientists about technology transfer, NIH has launched the NIH On-Line Technology Transfer Training course. Major areas addressed include MTAs, CRADAs, patents and inventions, licensing, royalties, and ethics.

This one time, 40-minute training is required for senior investigators, senior scientists/clinicians, investigators, and adjunct investigators. An abbreviated course is required for fellows, staff scientists/clinicians, and graduate students. The site can be used as an online reference tool on technology transfer for anyone interested.

Although originally designed for NIH intramural scientists, the training is also useful for anyone who wants or needs to know more about technology transfer, such as laboratory and administrative staff.

The NCI Division of Cancer Prevention (DCP) is holding a workshop on Bioinformatics in Cancer Detection August 6 and 7, Natcher Auditorium. Eric Lander of the Whitehead Institute, Cambridge, Mass., will give the keynote. The list of invitees includes more than 20 experts in bio-informatics of genomics, proteomics, multifactorial, biomarker analysis, and pattern recognition. The goal of the workshop is to determine how bioinformatics may be used in the early detection, risk assessment, and risk reduction of cancer. Register online here.

For more information, contact Robert Negm at 301-435-5015.


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