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Research Festival Poster for 2006
2006 NIH Research Festival

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October 17 - October 20
General Schedule of Events
Poster Sessions
Plenary Session
Concurrent Symposia
Job Fair for NIH Postdoctoral, Research, and Clinical Fellows
Special Exhibits on Resources for Intramural Research
TSA Research Festival Exhibit Show
Festival Food and Music Fair
Research Festival Committees
Past Research Festivals
Special Exhibits on Resources for Intramural Research

NIH Research Festival 2006
Special Exhibits on Resources for Intramural Research


Special information booths on intramural research resources will be displayed in the lobby areas of the Natcher Conference Center on October 17 & 18.  The following NIH Institutes/Centers, offices, and organizations will be represented:

Bioinformatics and Scientific IT Program, Office of Technology Information Systems, NIAID
The Bioinformatics and Scientific IT Program (BSIP) provides a suite of scientific services and resources tailored to the NIAID research community.  BSIP’s Biocomputing Research Consulting Section is composed of subject matter experts in the areas of Biostatistics, Microarray Analysis, Phylogenetics, Sequence Analysis, and Structural Biology.  The consultants are available for collaborations, data analysis services and scientific applications training and consultations. BSIP also provides the scientific computing resources needed to analyze existing data and generate new hypotheses.   This includes access to scientific software licenses and tools like the NIAID BioCluster – a high performance computing resource.  Recognizing that certain situations require unique solutions, BSIP can also develop custom scientific software to meet the requirements of your lab.  And when vast amounts of data need to be leveraged, BSIP can develop databases and custom scripts to help extract and process this data.  To learn more about how the Bioinformatics and Scientific IT Program can help you advance your research, please contact us at:

Center for Information Technology
The Center for Information Technology (CIT) can help your organization with computer training, technical support, application development and hosting services, co-location services for customer-owned servers, IT acquisition, networking and telecommunication strategies, IT security tools, and scientific support.  For assistance, contact the CIT Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Communications, 301-496-6203, or for technical help call the NIH Help Desk at 301-496-4357, or visit the CIT web site

CIVIL is a team of NIH experts which helps prevent workplace violence through: a) policy development; b) education; c) assessment of potentially violent incidents; and d) response to violent or potentially violent incidents. CIVIL is not an acronym but was chosen to represent the goal of "civil behavior in the workplace" and as the number to call from an NIH phone for assistance (301-40-CIVIL which is 301-402-4845).  Its advisory services and assistance are available to all individuals at NIH facilities.  Callers may be helped directly or referred to other resources. CIVIL is not intended to be used as a substitute for calling 911 when an individual feels police or other emergency help is needed. Additional information on CIVIL is available at

Combined Federal Campaign
The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the annual fund-raising drive among Federal employees in support of hundreds of local, national, and international charities.  Generous members of the NIH community contributed a record-breaking $2 million in last year’s campaign.  This fall, 900 volunteers are involved as campaign workers.
Contributions may be made through payroll deduction or by cash or check.  The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research is the lead IC for the 2006 CFC. 

CRISP (Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects)
CRISP is a searchable database of scientific and administrative information about the intramural and extramural research and the related activities supported by the National Institutes of Health.  CRISP also includes data about some of the research supported by other components of the Department of Health and Human Services.  Come by to learn how to effectively search the database for projects that complement your research and to identify potential research collaborators.

Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences
The Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) is a non-profit organization at the NIH that was established in 1959 by a group of senior scientists "to foster and encourage scientific research and education, and to facilitate communication among scientists, by whatever means may be practical."  Initially, FAES organized a Graduate Evening academic program at the NIH to permit investigators to supplement laboratory training with advanced formal education.  The success of this program now known as the "The FAES Graduate School" served as a catalyst towards creating additional programs and services including:
Conference Management, Chamber Music Series, FAES Scientific Bookstore, FAES Social and Academic Center, and an Insurance Program.

Graduate Partnerships Program
The Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP) is the vehicle by which PhD students can join the laboratories of NIH investigators to do all or part of their dissertation research on the NIH campuses. Since the establishment of the GPP in 2000, the number of PhD students at NIH has risen from about 130 to almost 400. Students are working toward their PhDs in either one of 16 formal partnerships with leading universities, or through individual agreements between their PhD program and an NIH investigator. Over 100 U.S. and international universities have students at NIH. A number of the students have established collaborative dissertation projects that allow them to do part of their research at NIH and part with a university scientist. Investigators interested in having students should visit the GPP website at ( and/or contact the GPP office at 301-594-6505.

Helix Systems: Scientific Supercomputing for NIH
The Helix Systems (CIT) provides high-performance scientific computational resources for the intramural NIH community. Resources include a 2,600+ processor Linux cluster and several powerful shared-memory systems, a dedicated technical staff, and applications in the areas of computational chemistry, molecular dynamics, bioinformatics, image analysis, statistical analysis, proteomics, and more. (

History of Medicine Division, NLM
The National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Division (HMD) is one of the world’s largest repositories for historical medical works. From ancient Arabic health practices to current public health issues, the HMD houses a millennium’s worth of media on diverse health topics in its collections. The Division offers access to these treasures to scholars, as well as the general public. The Division’s Exhibition Program provides tailor-made educational programs for its exhibition visitors that highlight our current exhibition, “Visible Proofs Forensic Views of the Body,” and offer information on various health resources and a glimpse at the Division’s priceless holdings.

Our current exhibition, Visible Proofs: Forensic Views of the Body, gives a brief history of forensics and details modern forensic techniques and technologies used in the field. For details on visiting hours, tour information and education programs, please contact the Exhibition Outreach Coordinator at (301) 594-1947 or at

Integrative Neural Immune Program, NIMH
The INIP is an intramural research program, designed to foster interdisciplinary research in the field of neural immune interactions. The Program's structure facilitates inter-institute, inter-agency, university, and private sector partnering. Subject areas include a broad range of research topics from the study of molecular, cellular and neuroanatomical mechanisms of neural immune interactions to systems level analysis of communications between the central nervous, endocrine and immune systems and their clinical applications. The INIP regularly hosts: the annual competitive selection and awarding of Intramural Research Awards to collaborating researchers from participating ICDs; a special interest group lecture series; focused workshops, symposia, and meetings; a web site (; and list serve.

The NCI Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid™ (caBIG™)
The Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid™ or caBIG™ is a virtual informatics infrastructure that connects data, research tools, scientists and institutions to leverage the combined strengths and expertise in an open environment with common standards. Demonstrations and discussions will highlight tools and data sets of interest to the intramural researcher and define what it means to be caBIG compatible.  The use of common standards to build interoperable applications permits the robust analysis of large data sets, and allows basic research findings to more readily inform clinical decisions, accelerating the flow of information from bench to bedside.

NCI Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics
The Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG), National Cancer Institute, provides pre-and postdoctoral training and employment opportunities in epidemiology, genetics, biostatistics and related fields through its high-quality population-based interdisciplinary research activities.  DCEG is part of the intramural research program of NCI.

NCI/SAIC Biopharmaceutical Development Program
The Biopharmaceutical Development Program (NCI-Frederick/SAIC-Frederick) provides cutting-edge development of monoclonal antibodies, recombinant proteins, peptide and DNA vaccines, virus vaccines, oncolytic viruses, gene therapy products, and other biological agents for human clinical use. The Biopharmaceutical Development Program (BDP) is an FDA CGMP-compliant facility that provides complete support from feasibility through development, and manufacturing to filing of regulatory documentation.  Since its inception, the BDP has completed over 100 projects, of which 68 have gone into clinical trials.
The BDP is assigned projects through a number of avenues including intramural NCI research, special competitions such as NCI RAID, NIDDK RAID, Inter-Institute Program (IIP), intramural NCI research, National Cooperative Drug Discovery Groups, and other government collaborations (NIAID, USAMRIID). Investigators interested in the biopharmaceutical Development Program services should contact Stephen P. Creekmore, M.D., Ph.D. Biological Resources Branch Chief (DTP, DCTD, NCI) at or 301-846-1098.  For further information on the BDP please visit our website at

NCI/SAIC Research Technology Program
The Research Technology Program (RTP) provides NCI and other NIH scientists with access to cutting edge research technologies and expertise, including: mass spectrometry, microarray printing and scanning, genotyping, sequencing, BIAcore analysis, protein identification, expression clone construction, eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell production for protein expression, cell-free protein expression, protein purification, real-time PCR, mRNA characterization, recombinant adenovirus and lentiviurs production, confocal and electron microscopy, and NMR spectroscopy. The RTP also includes the Advanced Biomedical Computing Center (ABCC) and Pathology/Histotechnology Laboratory (PHL). The ABCC provides access to high capacity cyber-infrastructure required for many of the technologies described above as well as other high throughput biology experiments. The PHL's expertise and services portfolio ranges from animal necropsies, to hisotpathologic evaluations and includes image analysis, embryology, laser capture microdissection and other molecular techniques. PHL also offers a complete phenotypical evaluation of genetically engineered mice.

National Center for Biotechnology Information, NLM
National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) provides integrated access to DNA and protein sequence data, associated mapping data, protein structures, and MEDLINE.  Demonstrations of the GenBank database, the Entrez retrieval system, PubMed for MEDLINE searching, BLAST and VAST similarity searches for sequence and structures, and the BankIt and Sequin sequence submission software will be provided.

NIH Alumni Association
The National Institutes of Health Alumni Association, Inc. (NIHAA) promotes the NIH in its role as the leading biomedical research institution in the world. The NIHAA is founded on the belief that service to biomedical science can be enhanced by an association of individuals who have conducted, supported, and administered research at NIH. They publish a newsletter, NIHAA Update, sponsor the James A. Shannon Lecture, and present two awards for public service and service to NIH. Current NIH employees are encouraged to join as associate members. For more information, check out

NIH Blood Bank
The NIH Blood Bank display will provide educational information about donation opportunities.  Learn about whole blood components, apheresis, and research.  Learn how each donation saves a minimum of three lives and how you can help.  You can call 301-496-1048 to donate or visit for more information.

NIH Environmental Management System
The National Institutes of Health is committed to the protection of environmental and human health, and to the responsible stewardship of environmental resources.  The NIH recognizes that environmental stewardship is best accomplished when all employees and visitors of an organization are actively aware of environmental issues.  The NIH is committed to continual improvement in environmental compliance and pollution prevention through the implementation of the NIH Environmental Management System (NEMS). Executive Order 13148 requires that federal government agencies implement a comprehensive Environmental Management System (EMS) at appropriate facilities. This initiative requires that all NIH employees and contractors be aware of the environmental impacts of their work and take steps to minimize these impacts.

NIH Fellows Editorial Board
The NIH Fellows Editorial Board (FEB) offers a free, confidential scientific document editing service for all investigators, scientists, and fellows!  The all-volunteer Board edits manuscripts, grant proposals, abstracts, and other scientific documents for grammar, structure, and style, but does not comment on scientific merit.  Authors receive written feedback within 10 business days and may request meetings with editors.  For submission instructions or more information, check out the FEB website ( or email us at

Office of Animal Care and Use
The Office of Animal Care and Use (OACU) provides oversight and assistance to IC's conducting biomedical research using animal models. The OACU serves as an information resource for NIH scientists, Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC) members, veterinarians, animal care staff, and other NIH staff that work with research animals. The OACU offers a variety of training courses to assist personnel in fulfilling Federal training requirements for working with research animals.  NIH employees and trainees may take available web-based courses, register on-line for the lecture courses, or check the training schedule for course presentation dates at the OACU website:

Office of Science Education
The Office of Science Education (OSE) coordinates science education activities at the NIH and develops and sponsors science education projects in house. These programs serve elementary, secondary, and college students and teachers, and the public. The office also sponsors the NIH Speakers Bureau and LifeWorks a career database.

Office of NIH History
The Office of NIH History provides reference services and access to materials documenting NIH's rich history, conducts oral histories, sponsors an interest group, and publishes books, articles, and internet-based materials.  It also actively collects instruments, photographs, and documents relating to NIH research programs, and produces physical and internet-based exhibits.

Office of Research Facilities and Development
The Office of Research Facilities and Development (ORF) is responsible for all aspects of NIH facilities planning, construction, maintenance, and operations nationwide. We are also responsible for protecting the NIH environment. We support NIH priorities with safe, secure, sound, healthy, and attractive facilities. Find us on the web at

Office of Research Services
The Office of Research Services (ORS), is NIH's primary provider of basic support services for NIH research programs to function and prosper.  It includes: biomedical engineering and instrumentation resources, medical arts and photography, comprehensive research library support, veterinary resources, conference and events management and occupational and radiation safety, occupational medical services, waste management and disposal, security and public safety, crime prevention, employee transportation services, mail and printing services, management of food, travel, interpreting, child care, fitness service contract, and other employee amenities. 

Patient Recruitment and Public Liaison Office, Clinical Center
The Patient Recruitment and Public Liaison Office (PRPL) is a service of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center.  This office features information about the importance of research at the Clinical Center and how patient volunteers can take part in this important work.

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic Program at the NIH
Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic is a non-profit organization that provides recorded textbooks for students with print disabilities.  With headquarters in Princeton, NJ, RFB&D units in cities around the country rely on over 5,800 volunteers to produce recorded textbooks in all subject areas.  The Washington, DC, unit, located at 5225 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, hosts about 400 volunteers week in week out, who read, direct the recordings, prepare books for production, and do a variety of other jobs.  In recent years the organization has been faced with a much greater demand for high-level science texts than can be fulfilled at the main studio.  To help meet this demand, RFB&D established a recording space at NIH for the convenience of scientists and medical experts who can record college and post-graduate level science texts.  NIH volunteer readers fill a greatly needed gap by sharing their science and medical expertise.  Our studio is located in the basement of Building 31 on the NIH campus, offering an exciting volunteer opportunity for NIH employees.  For more information or to volunteer, contact Kathryn Sparks at or (202) 244-8990.

Royalty Program
The Office of Technology Transfer (OTT), Division of Administrative Management, Royalties Administration Unit (RAU) and the Office of Financial Management (OFM) Government Accounts (GA) work closely to manage the NIH Royalties Program, which grew to more than $98 million dollars in royalties in fiscal year 2005.  Because of the complex interaction between OTT and OFM, many inventors and institute administrators are left with questions about the royalty process.  We will seek to answer those questions and bring to light areas of interest with which inventors may not previously have been familiar.  Such answers and interest areas include the method of calculation and timing of royalty payments, methods of disbursement to inventors and institute administrators, the role of the U.S. Treasury, and taxation of royalties.  We will also identify the proper points of contact for those with questions or concerns.

Technology Transfer at the NIH
Have you ever wanted to know how to:
• Establish collaborations for your projects?
• Generate royalties?
• Get company-owned materials into your lab?
• Determine if your discovery is a patentable invention?
These and other technology transfer questions will be answered at the NIH Technology Transfer booth.  The mission of technology transfer at NIH is to promote the development, dissemination, and commercialization of innovative technologies and patentable inventions through collaborations with academia and industry for the benefit of the public health.  Technology Transfer Offices facilitate the formation of collaborations and the transfer of innovative technologies through the use of formal agreements (e.g. a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) or Material Transfer Agreement (MTA).

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