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Special Exhibits on Resources for Intramural Research

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Building 10 (South Lobby)

Thursday, September 17, 2015

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Building 10 (South Lobby)

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Building 10 (South Lobby)

Friday, September 18, 2015

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Building 10 (South Lobby)

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Building 10 (South Lobby)

Biomedical Engineering and Physical Science (BEPS)

The Biomedical Engineering and Physical Science (BEPS) Shared Resource develops and applies novel research technologies in support of NIH intramural scientists. The technologies range in scale from near-atomic resolution to intact organisms. Examples include: 1) biophysical methods (analytical ultracentrifugation; circular dichroism; dynamic light scattering; microcalorimetry; force spectroscopy for single molecule recognition, protein unfolding and high resolution material characterization; surface plasmon resonance sensors; and mathematical modeling, etc.), 2) imaging techniques (atomic force microscopy; serial block-face imaging with scanning electron microscopy; transmission electron microscopy, including preparative techniques; electron tomography; and infrared/multispectral imaging of tissues and organs, including clinical imaging, etc.), 3) micro analytical chemistry (preparative immunochemical techniques, affinity and immunoaffinity analysis of sub-microliter samples; capillary electrophoresis with fluorescence detection; detection of analytes at femtogram and attogram levels, etc.); 4) microfabrication for biomedical applications (microfluidic devices, including rapid design/turnaround of templates down to ~2 µm dimensions; thin film fabrication, including spin coating polymers; surface modification of PDMS and other polymers, hydrogel patterning, and characterization of surfaces and devices, etc.).

CCR Research Exchange (CREx)

The Office of Science and Technology Resources (CCR/NCI), has developed an online private research marketplace which comprehensively catalogs research services available through Trans-NIH and NCI core labs, as well as over 11,000 commercial vendors. CREx enables users to easily search for and communicate with multiple cores and vendors simultaneously through their private dashboard. Investigators can rate and review vendors and services, and share their experiences with the rest of the NIH.

CIT - HPC Core facility

With over 18,000 compute cores and 3 petabytes of storage, Biowulf is the largest high performance computing (HPC) system at NIH. As the demand continues to outpace the technology infrastructure, NIH has made increasing the capabilities of Biowulf a mission-critical, high priority initiative. The development of a HPC Core Facility will provide increases in computing capacity, data storage capacity, storage bandwidth, data transfer bandwidth, and will allow for a state of the art batch queuing system. This HPC Core Facility will vastly increase the ability of NIH’s researchers to apply HPC technology to new challenges and research questions crucial to the mission of NIH and the IRP. Additionally, it will enable data sharing and scientific collaboration through central location data and will allow researchers to create an NIH private cloud for research. Visit our booth and learn how this exciting initiative. 2. Science DMZ: As part of the NIH Network Modernization effort, a dedicated, high bandwidth science network for large, non-sensitive science data transfers is available. This “Science DMZ” is a special NIH network designed to provide high-speed communications for select NIH projects that require connection rates of up to 100 Gigabits per second with external research partners and collaborators. Internet2 has been upgraded to 100 Gbps connection to the research community, ensuring high speeds both within the campus and to external collaborators in the Internet2 consortia.

CIT - NIH Network Modernization and CIT Unified Communications & Collaboration (UCC)

The NIH Network Modernization is a strategic effort to increase NIH’s network bandwidth on and off campus, recognized and funded as a multi-year capital investment. Increasing bandwidth improves speed, reliability and security of the NIH Network. In addition to these benefits, a dedicated research/science network will be configured (Science DMZ). Visit our booth and learn how this exciting initiative will benefit all of the NIH. The CIT Unified Communications & Collaboration (UCC) team provides services that enable NIH staff to communicate and collaborate in real-time with people both internal and external to NIH via instant messaging and presence, desktop collaboration, integrated audio and video calls, online meetings, and video conferencing. Our services include Cisco Jabber, Microsoft Lync, WebEx, Adobe Connect, VideoCast and UCCast, just to name several. We will be demonstrating and showcasing how you can leverage technology and UCC services to work from any location

Clinical Image Processing Services

The Clinical Image Processing Service (CIPS) offers timely and accurate advanced image processing of diagnostic radiology images for clinical care, research, and training. CIPS’ functions include clinical services and scientific researches. The exhibit will demonstrate samples of our work, including 3D visualization and models of anatomical structures, clinical measurements of lesions, organs and target of interest, and scientfic analysis using radiological data.

Intramural Research Program (IRP)

The Intramural Research Program (IRP) is the internal research program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), known for its synergistic approach to biomedical science. With 1,200 Principal Investigators and more than 4,000 Postdoctoral Fellows conducting basic, translational, and clinical research, the IRP is the largest biomedical research institution on earth. IRP representatives will host a table at the NIH Research Festival to highlight opportunities for sharing stories of your research with outside scientists and the general public. The recently launched “I Am Intramural” Blog and the IRP website continue to grow and engage new audiences, and we are looking for IRP researchers at all levels who would like to participate in creating stories that showcase what work life at the IRP is like and how your research changes lives.

NCBI - CDD (Conserved Domain Database)

The Conserved Domain Database (CDD) at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) is a collection of structure based multiple sequence alignments that represent ancient conserved domains. CDD provides annotation and tools for the rapid annotation of functional domains on protein and coding nucleotide sequences. Protein BLAST searches by default display the results of the CD-Search giving users a quick overview of the protein domains present. CDD includes NCBI-curated protein domain models as well as imported models from Pfam, SMART, TIGRFAM, and COG, combining data from several disjoint resources. DELTA-BLAST, the latest in an arsenal of BLAST tools relies heavily on PSSMs generated from CDD and offers the most sensitive protein search to date, outperforming BLASTP, PSI-BLAST, and CS-BLAST. Current efforts include improving the consistency in our domain architectures, as well as using these domain architecture to give functional labels to the deluge of protein groups resulting from the recent explosion of sequencing efforts. Currently, over 92% of proteins with known 3D structure and over 76% of proteins with defined source organism are annotated by CDD in NCBI’s Entrez database, and about 13,000 functional sites have been recorded on close to 5000 domain models, almost half of which are supported by direct evidence observed in 3D structures of protein complexes.

NIAID Bioinformatics and Computational Biosciences Branch

The Bioinformatics and Computational Biosciences Branch (BCBB) supports the NIAID research mission by leveraging the latest computational technologies to accelerate discovery and remain at the forefront of today’s rapid scientific pace. The BCBB partners with clients in the research process by applying bioinformatics and computational biology methods to generate new hypotheses and data, analyze existing data, and ultimately elevate the use of these methods and resources throughout the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

NIH Blood Bank

The NIH Blood Bank provides blood components to patients of the Clinical Center and researchers to the various institutes. Learn how you can become an integral participant for NIH patient care through blood component donations.


Drive efficiencies with faster, easier, cost-competitive IT acquisitions through NIH-NITAAC’s CIO-SP3, CIO-SP3 Small Business, and CIO-CS OMB-Authorized Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs). Long used by the federal government to procure IT products, services and solutions, NITAAC GWACs offer federal agencies best value with rates for services that are 10-15% less than comparable purchasing vehicles, and product prices that are less than or equal to Federal Supply Schedules. NITAAC GWACs are agile and flexible to accommodate customized Agency needs through a diverse pool of industry leaders and innovators, vetted for their technical capabilities and expertise at the master contract level. Customers appreciate NITAAC’s value-added support, including 1-hour response to any contractual, technical or procedural question; and free comprehensive assessments of SOW/SOO/PWS for scope, clarity and other factors, reviewed and returned within 24 hours of submission. The program is housed within DHHS at The National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC).

Office of Animal Care & Use

The NIH Office of Animal Care & Use (OACU) coordinates the animal care and use activities of the NIH Intramural Research Program, and ensures NIH compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and policies. As part of this mission, OACU provides animal care and use training courses and resources for NIH animal users.

Office of NIH History and Stetten Museum

The Office of NIH History and Stetten Museum preserves and interprets the history of the NIH. The office collects scientific and non-scientific instruments, objects, photographs, and documents related to NIH history; produces physical and virtual exhibits; helps other NIH components decide the best means of meeting their records management requirements; and answers inquiries from other NIH components, government leaders, scholars, and the public. The office also has a robust social media presence focusing on one topic a month. Currently, we are in the planning stages for three exhibits to be located in the Clinical Center – our two tables at the Research Festival will explain more about them using models and other resources.

Office of Research Services

Office of Research Services, OD The Office of Research Services (ORS) provides a comprehensive portfolio of services to support the biomedical research mission of the NIH. Some examples of the diverse services ORS provides include: laboratory safety, security and emergency response, veterinary resources, the NIH Library, events management, travel and transportation, visual arts and multimedia, relevant services for foreign scientists, and many more programs and employee services to enrich and enhance the NIH worksite.

PSC - Mail & Publishing Services

The Program Support Center (PSC) provides administrative support services to U.S. Federal agencies, allowing them to focus on critical activities and core missions. The Mail & Publishing Services group are able to procure Printing services, providing numerous procurement vehicles to accomplish all of your publishing needs. We include technical advice and assistance with all aspects of printed documents which include digital printing and offset, as well as variable data printing. Document Conversion Services include electronic file conversion, onsite or offsite scanning of your project, consulting on Document Management technology and how to make document management as cost effective as possible.

The NIH Environmental Management System

This year the NEMS Sustainable Lab Practices Working Group is integrating the activities of the Green Labs Fairs into the NIH Research Festival. This year we will be integrating our events into the Research Festival to highlight that greening laboratory research can be incorporated as a routine component of day-to-day activities.

The NIH Transfer Agreement Dashboard (TAD) System

The NIH Transfer Agreement Dashboard (TAD) System A Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) is a contract that governs the transfer of tangible research materials between two organizations. The NIH Office of Intramural Research, in conjunction with the NIH Center for Information Technology (CIT) and the NIH technology transfer community, launched an enterprise-wide, Web-based MTA management system – the Transfer Agreement Dashboard (TAD) – that accomplishes the following: • Improves the processing of MTAs through automation • Reduces the paperwork burden of Intramural and Extramural researchers • Allows the IC’s Technology Development Coordinators to ensure that MTAs are being executed in accordance with internal NIH policy guidelines • Provides NIH leadership with key metrics concerning the use of NIH research materials by both Intramural and Extramural laboratories TAD is available to all NIH ICs free of charge, and all NIH researchers and technology transfer staff are encouraged to take advantage of this Intramural Research Program resource to facilitate the MTA process. Visit this exhibit booth to see the TAD system ( in action, and feel free to contact the TAD Support Team at with any questions.