Chemical engineer Peter
Bungay describes the Bioengineering
and Physical Science (BEPS) Program as "not quite like anything
else" in the far-ranging and omnipresent NIH Office of Research Services
|BEPS chemical engineer Peter
Bungay explains his Research Festival poster, "Characterizing
Dopamine Transporter Function in Vivo by Microdialysis," developed
in conjunction with investigators at the Emory University (Atlanta)
Chemistry Department; this illustrates a technique broadly applicable
to quantitative measurements in vivo.
BEPS exists to bring research dreams into the material world, to develop
the technology necessary to carry out envisioned investigations. It's
the intellectual partner of all the research institutes. "We're collaborative
researchers," Bungay says of himself and his BEPS colleagues. "We
are 20 engineers, physical scientists, biophysicists, mathematicians."
For Bungay, the excitement of his work lies in the technology itself,
in inventing and developing something new that has applications, rather
than the applications, per se. When he and his colleagues meet the demands
of a scientific challenge, it's not just NIH collaborators who benefit,
but the biomedical research community at large, he observes.
Bungay works in the Drug Delivery and Kinetics Resource, one of the five
"resources" that make up the BEPS program; the others are Image
Processing and Information Analysis, Instrumentation Research and Development,
Molecular Interactions, and Supramolecular Structure and Function. BEPS
welcomes inquiries from intramural scientists on potential collaborative
projects. For more info, see <http://www.nih.gov/od/ors/beps/>.
Richard Leapman (left),
chief of the BEPS Supramolecular Structure and Function
Resource, discusses "High-Resolution Spectroscopic
Elemental Imaging: a New Technology for Biomedical Research,"
developed in collaboration with NIAID and NINDS investigators.
Dimitriadis, senior staff fellow in the BEPS Molecular
Interactions Resource, elaborates on "Interactions
Among DNA Repair Enzymes in the Analytical Ultracentrifuge,"
a joint project with NIEHS investigators.
Center for Scientific Review (CSR)
is hosting a workshop February 23,
1999, on "Chromatin, Transcription, and DNA
Replication." Additional sponsors include NIA,
NCI, and NIGMS.
will be held at the Natcher Conference Center, NIH, Bethesda,
Maryland. There is no fee, and registration is not required.
interested in attending is asked to e-mail a response to <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
so that the organizers can keep track of attendees.
free to forward this to colleagues at NIH and beyond.
are Ramesh K. Nayak, CSR;
Catherine Lewis, NIGMS;
Huber Warner, NIA; Cheryl
Day at the Mall
IntraMall will come alive at the Natcher Conference Center
December 11. Vendor booths and a shopping room for on-line
IntraMall ordering are the order of the day, sponsored by
NIH to showcase the IntraMall program and the US Bank/VISA
purchase card program. Vendors are being encouraged to discount
orders placed through the IntraMall that day and for the week
following the event. For more info and to register, click