THE STARTING POINT OF
the Map (left photo): Dushanka
Kleinman (at podium), NIDCR deputy director and assistant director
for implementation of the NIH
Roadmap for Medical Research, moderated a briefing that featured
key organizers of the programs to reach the three main Roadmap objectives.
Shown here are (l. to r.): NCCAM
Director Stephen Straus, Amy
Patterson, director of the NIH Office
of Biotechnology Activities, and NIAMS
Director Stephen Katz (Re-engineering the Clinical Research
Ehrenfeld, chief of the NIAID Picornavirus
Replication Section, and NIDCR
Director Lawrence Tabak (Research Teams of the Future);
Director Jeremy Berg and NIMH Director
Thomas Insel (New Pathways to Discovery); (right photo):
NIH Director Elias
Zerhouni tracks the Roadmap's nine implementation routes
the doubling of the NIH budget came a re-emphasis on NIH obligations
to the public health, chief among them the need to translate laboratory
discoveries into bedside therapies even more rapidly.
you cant translate a language you do not understand,"
NIH Director Elias
Zerhouni said, outlining the nine implementation routes mapped
out to develop the tools and teams needed to grasp the emerging
complexity of biological systems.
The data generated
in the last decade, Zerhouni said at a briefing for the NIH community,
exceed the existing intellectual and physical tools to process them.
That will change with implementation of the NIH
Roadmap, an intricate and comprehensive plan for generating,
understanding, and applying knowledge relevant to human health.
NIH investigators are already involved in particular Roadmap journeys
Building Blocks, Biological Pathways, and Networks
and Computation Biology
the Clinical Research Enterprise
the process is wide open for input from every interested party at
NIH, said Dushanka
Kleinman, in charge of Roadmap implementation. She said the
two-hour session was intended "to give you just a little flavor
of the incredible richness" of the project. She urged investigators
to check out the Roadmap website for details and
to sign on to the Roadmap
Kleinman said, has a Roadmap liaison, "or contact me directly,
and I will match you up" with the group of particular interest,
session can be accessed at this
series of Distinguished Lectures in the Science of Complementary
and Alternative Medicine continues Wednesday,
March 31, with Bruce McEwen, professor and head of
the neuroendocrinology lab at New Yorks Rockefeller University.
Molecules to Mind: Stress, Individual Differences, and the Social
Environment"will be held from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in Masur
Auditorium, Building 10. Videocast
For more information
visit the NCCAM website or contact
Kate Haessler at (301) 348-1662 or this
is free and open to the public.
Varmus, NIH director from 19931999, Nobel laureate,
and president and CEO of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
in New York, returns to campus April 23 to speak at
the first annual Graduate Student Research Symposium
first annual NIH Graduate Student Research Symposium will be held
in Masur Auditorium on April 23, 2004,
from 8:45 a.m. (registration, breakfast) to 5.
will open the conference, and Harold Varmus, former NIH director,
will be among the featured speakers.
from more than 50 universities who are completing their doctoral
research in NIH laboratories through the Graduate
Partnerships Program will
present their research in talks and poster sessions. An "outstanding
mentor" will be honored.
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to register, see this
Next, on April
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NIH fellows: From April 130, 2004,
you can apply for FARE
2005 travel awards.
Short of giving
you your first paycheck, the newly launched Virtual
Career Center offers
just about everything a science-minded soul searching for a job
or a route to one could ask for.
by the Office of Education
(OE) and designed to meet the needs of the NIH community and other
students and professionals in science and medicine, the Virtual
Career Center opens four portals:
Exploring Career Options, which provides self-assessment inventories,
career pathways, and some instruction in such skills as grant writing
and publishing articles
Continuing Your Education, which presents information on admissions,
application services, financial aid, loan repayment, grants, fellowships,
survival skills, and medical schools and other professional programs
Employment Options and Opportunities, which plumbs the openings
in industry, academia, and government
The Job Search Process, which offers tips on applying, interviewing,
and negotiating for a position
the Virtual Career Center contains 55 pages and 1,088 linksand
is infinitely expandable.
range of career options open to young scientists is broad and continually
evolving," says Brenda
Hanning, acting OE director. "Many of the jobs students
will have in the future may not have been invented yet. Our site
will work to keep pace with new avenues of opportunity."
massive amounts of information about medical and science careers
can be overwhelming to anyonenovice or expert," observes
Gottesman, deputy director for intramural research. "What
makes the Virtual Career Center such a valuable resource is that
we have the most up-to-date information available on one web site."
of information reviewed for inclusion in the Virtual Career Center
were articles and postings from leading science magazines and journals,
specialty associations, and government agencies.
OE also enlisted
the expertise of Margaret Dikel, a librarian who has been studying
the Internet as a tool in employment and career exploration since
1993. For additional information on career development, see this