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Special Exhibits on Resources for Intramural Research

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Building 10 (South Lobby)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Building 10 (South Lobby)

Friday, September 15, 2017

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Building 10 (South Lobby)

Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences

FAES Graduate School: The FAES Graduate School at NIH has been fostering education and research at the NIH since 1959. Today, we offer over 150 academic credit-bearing evening courses to fit around the schedule of working professionals in biomedical sciences, public health, technology transfer, general studies, ESL, modern languages, and more. For those seeking a career change or to ehance current skill sets, we offer Advanced Studies programs of study in Bioinformatics and Data Science, or Public Health, or Technology Transfer. FAES Graduate School operates with the approval of the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Courses are open to members of the NIH community, other federal agencies, and the general public.

NIH-Pfizer CTI program

NCATS works to make the translational process more efficient and effective by establishing new collaborative partnerships and creating technologies and methods that are useful to the broad scientific community. On Dec. 18, 2014, NCATS Director Christopher P. Austin, M.D., announced that NCATS would lead an innovative collaboration for the NIH with Pfizer’s Centers for Therapeutic Innovation (CTI) that is designed to help bridge the gap between early scientific discovery and its translation into new medicines through public-private resource sharing. Pfizer’s CTI program pairs leading researchers with Pfizer scientists to pursue scientific and medical advances through joint research and development projects. Partners in the CTI network include academic institutions, patient foundations and NIH.

Conserved Domain Database

CDD is a protein annotation resource that consists of a collection of well-annotated multiple sequence alignment models for ancient domains and full-length proteins. These are available as position-specific score matrices (PSSMs) for fast identification of conserved domains in protein sequences via RPS-BLAST. CDD content includes NCBI-curated domains, which use 3D-structure information to explicitly define domain boundaries and provide insights into sequence/structure/function relationships, as well as domain models imported from a number of external source databases (Pfam, SMART, COG, PRK, TIGRFAM).

CIT HPC Core Facility

With over 91,000 computer cores and 14 petabytes of storage, Biowulf is the largest high-performance computing (HPC) system at NIH. As intramural computational requirements continue to grow at an exponential pace, NIH has made increasing the capabilities of Biowulf a mission-critical, high-priority initiative. The expansion of the HPC Core Facility is providing increased computing capacity, data storage capacity, storage bandwidth, data transfer bandwidth, a state of the art batch queuing system, and additional support staff. This HPC Core Facility significantly increases the ability of NIH's researchers to apply HPC technology to new challenges and research questions critical to the mission of NIH and the IRP. Additionally, it enables data sharing and scientific collaboration through centrally located data.

CIT – NIH Network Modernization and CIT Unified Communications & Collaboration

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. The “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. In November 2014, NIH successfully upgraded Internet2 to support 100 Gbps connections to the research community. This achievement resulted in high-speed data transfers between researchers located on campus and external collaborators.

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. UCC services include enterprise voice and messaging, Cisco Jabber, Microsoft Lync, WebEx, Video Teleconferencing and VideoCast, just to name several. The exhibit will offer visitors the opportunity to explore the technology and UCC services that allow for work from almost any location.

CIT – Biomedical Research Informatics Computing System (BRICS)

The Biomedical Research Informatics Computing System (BRICS) was developed as a modular and disease-agnostic informatics tool that supports interconnectivity and collaboration across research communities. Today, BRICS enables the standardized collection of clinical data (including imaging and genomics) and improves data sharing among qualified researchers. This access, combined with the ability to query a larger amount of data than a single researcher could amass, maximizes the value of research spending by making the data collected accessible to other researchers in each community BRICS serves. BRICS supports NIH’s BD2K effort and fulfills federal Open Data mandates, enabling important research to be published, and most importantly, directly accelerates discovery.BRICS is in use today within the NIH community, the extramural research community, and the Department of Defense, supporting global research efforts related to Parkinson's disease, Traumatic Brain Injury, and rare disease research. Its goal of acceleration of scientific discovery offers faster developments of new prevention and treatments that will help save—and improve the quality of life for—millions of people afflicted in the research communities that BRICS supports.

BRICS was named Best Practices Winner (Judge’s Choice) by Bio-IT World in 2017 and “Best Overall Project” at the Federal Health Information Technology (FHIT) 2015 Innovation Awards

Office 365 Adoption

Office 365 is a new and exciting collection of tools and capabilities that represents NIH’s first big step into cloud services. Office 365 is Microsoft’s version of Google Mail, Google Docs and Google Drive. It provides everyone at NIH with online access to always-up-to-date versions of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.) as well as cloud-based email, synchronized file storage, collaboration spaces, and more.

NIH began its adoption of Office 365 services in June 2015 by deploying the latest version of the Microsoft Office suite. Today, all computers at NIH are running the latest version of Microsoft Office. Starting in October 2016, NIH began moving all NIH email from servers at NIH to the cloud. As of August 2017, over 86% of NIH emailboxes have been moved to the Office 365. The rest will be moved before the end of September 2017. These cloud mailboxes give everyone at NIH 100 gigabytes of email storage, and unlimited space to store (archive) older email messages.

The next phase of the adoption of Office 365 will enable NIH staff and researchers to access and edit documents—anywhere, and at any time.

The NIH Blood Bank

The NIH Blood Bank and Platelet Center at Fishers Lane will provide open dialogue and informational material with regard to available donations. NIH patient care opportunities include whole blood, platelets, double red cells, and granulocytes. The NIH research program will also be represented. Recruitment specialists will be on hand to answer all your questions and schedule your appointment to donate. It’s all about “Saving Lives!”

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 Centerr--our two tables at the Research Festival will explain more about them using models and other resources.

Bioinformatics and Computational Biosciences Branch (BCBB)

The NIAID Bioinformatics and Computational Biosciences Branch (BCBB) drives innovation in biomedical informatics at NIAID for global health clinicians and researchers by fostering a pipeline of products, platforms, and solutions. 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 NIH. While BCBB services and resources are tailored to meet the needs of the NIAID intramural and extramural research communities, the branch regularly engages in formal collaborations with other NIH Institutes. The BCBB staff consists of an integrated team of computational biology specialists, bioinformatics software developers, and operations support staff, which includes project managers, business and infrastructure analysts, and communications and design specialists. Each BCBB project is completed with input from a specialized team that contributes interdisciplinary expertise.

The NIH Environmental Management System (NEMS)

The NIH Environmental Management System (NEMS) is the system through which NIH manages its environmental programs. To accomplish this, NIH implements the standards defined by ISO 14001 to create and maintain processes and procedures with minimal environmental impact. NEMS applies to any activity that can interact with and affect the environment or public health. The environmental aspects of NEMS include air emissions, general waste generation, chemical waste generation, wastewater discharge, fossil fuel usage, and many more. The NEMS exhibit at the Green Labs Fair will discuss many of the Division of Environmental Protection’s current projects and initiatives, such as the NIH Recycling Program, the NIH Waste Disposal Policy, the NIH Green Labs Program, the NIH Freezer Initiative, the NIH Chemical Waste Recycling Program, the NIH Toxic Chemical Reduction Initiative, the NIH Dark Room Operation Requirements, and many more.

The NIH Training Center

The NIH Training Center provides training, professional development programs and customized solutions for the NIH. Our objective is to advance the NIH’s research mission by supporting and developing employees across NIH’s 27 Institutes and Centers.

The NIH Library

The NIH Library is a leading biomedical research library dedicated to supporting the National Institutes of Health and select U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agencies. We provide access to a premier collection of resources to help you with your information and research needs:

· eJournals and eBooks – full-text articles and online access to current and core literature

· Print Collection – core physical collection focused on the primary research areas of NIH

· Databases – PubMed@NIH, Scopus, Web of Science, and more

· Research Tools – high-performance workstations, analysis tools and databases, and online information guides

Additionally, the NIH Library offers extensive services, provided by expert librarians and information specialists:

· 3D Printing – free 3D printing, classes, and software

· Bibliometrics – publication analysis tools, classes, and services; custom analyses of publications from labs, institutes, and grant portfolios

· Bioinformatics – classes, consultation, high performance workstations, and software

· Custom Information Solutions – website development, data management, information architecture, and project management

· Data Services – data management assistance and tools, classes, and workstations

· Document Delivery – request articles, books, and other materials

· Editing – help with manuscripts, book chapters, presentations, and more

· Informationists – personalized, on-site information services including citation management, collaboration on systematic reviews, and comprehensive searches

· Research Help – topical research at the basic, advanced, and systematic review level

· Technology Hub – cutting-edge technology exploration

· Training and Tutorials – free classes and sessions on a variety of topics

· Translations – translations of research publications, letters, and work-related documents