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Special Exhibits on Resources for Intramural Research
Natcher Conference Center


Special information booths on intramural research resources will be displayed in the lobby of Natcher Conference Center on September 25 and September 26. The following NIH institutes/centers, offices, programs 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 and its NIH collaborators. 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 tools like the BioCluster ( – a high performance computing resource available to all at the NIH. 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 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 more information, contact the CIT Planning, Evaluation, and Communications Office, 301-496-6203, or visit the CIT Web site For technical assistance, call the NIH IT Help Desk at 301-496-4357, or visit

Cooperative Human Tissue Network

The Cooperative Human Tissue Network (CHTN) was established in 1987 by the NCI. CHTN is a unique network of six academic medical centers across the USA with the main aim to collect and distribute high quality human biospecimens to facilitate basic and developmental cancer research. CHTN provides specimens for a wide variety of basic and developmental studies in cancer research and catalyzes the evolution of high quality practices for the collection, storage and use of human specimens for the translation of basic research findings into clinical practice. The CHTN network provides access to high quality human tumor tissue with associated histopathologic and demographic data to investigators throughout North America and other countries. The network provides large numbers of tumor specimens from a wide variety of cancers and access to specimens from rare tumor types when possible. Normal, malignant and benign human tissue will continue to be collected based on requests and prepared to meet specific researcher requirements. In addition, CHTN provides other Services, such as tissue microarrays, microdissection services, and RNA/DNA preparations. For additional information please visit our website at or contact Yaffa Rubinstein, Ph.D., NCI Cancer Diagnosis Program at (301)496-7147, e-mail :

Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, NCI

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.

Exhibition Program, 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. In addition, the Division’s Exhibition Program presents interactive, science and medicine-related, museum-style exhibitions; and offers educational programs tailored to visitors’ interests which highlight the Library’s resources and the Division’s priceless holdings. Our current exhibition, Visible Proofs: Forensic Views of the Body, provides a brief history of forensics and details modern forensic techniques and technologies used in the field and the crime lab. The next exhibition, planned to be titled Against All Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health, opens in Spring 2008. For details on visiting hours, tour information, and education programs, please contact the Exhibition Outreach Coordinator at (301) 594-1947 or at


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.

Genetics Home Reference, NLM

The Genetics Home Reference web site ( is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that presents basic information about genetic conditions and the genes and chromosomes related to those conditions. This online resource provides a bridge between the public’s questions about human genetics and the rich technical data emerging from the Human Genome Project. Created for the general public, particularly individuals with genetic conditions and their families, the site currently includes summaries of more than 225 genetic conditions, more than 380 genes, all the human chromosomes, and information about disorders caused by mutations in mitochondrial DNA.

Helix Systems, CIT

The Helix Systems (CIT) provides high-performance scientific computational resources for the intramural NIH community. Resources include a 4,500+ processor Linux cluster and 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. (

Integrative Neural-Immune Program, NIMH

The Integrative Neural-Immune Program 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.

National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)

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.

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.

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 (NEMS)

The health of our environment is of increasing concern to all elements of society, and academic institutions around the country have begun to consider how they can more aggressively reduce their environmental burden. What can we do here at NIH to help alleviate the large environmental footprint that comes from our day-to-day activities? The NIH has launched the NIH Goes Greener Campaign to help identify actions we can all take to reduce our environmental impact. No matter what your role is at NIH, there are steps you can take to help protect our environment. The NIH Environmental Management System is the tool that underlies these initiatives. If you are unable to stop by the table, visit the NIH Goes Greener website for up to date information and join the NIH Greenserve: If you have suggestions or ideas about ways to green the NIH, contact:

NIH Rapid Access to Interventional Development

The NIH RAID (Rapid Access to Interventional Development) program was established to make critical resources needed for the development of new small molecule therapeutic agents available on a competitive basis. Potentially available services include: production, bulk supply, GMP manufacturing, formulation, development of an assay suitable for pharmacokinetic testing, and animal toxicology.

NIH 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 $83 million dollars in royalties in fiscal year 2006. Because of the complex interaction between OTT and OFM, many inventors and institute administrators are left with questions about the royalty process. This poster seeks 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. This poster will identify the proper points of contact for those with questions or concerns.

NIH Schizophrenia Research

Consider participating in a research study examining genes and brain function. The National Institute of Mental Health seeks healthy volunteers to participate in a study. Participation involves a blood draw, non-invasive neuroimaging, interviews, and cognitive testing. No overnight stays or medications are involved. Compensation is provided. To participate, call 301-435-8970.

Office of Biotechnology Activities, OD

The NIH Office of Biotechnology Activities (OBA) promotes science, safety, and ethics in biotechnology through advancement of knowledge, enhancement of public understanding, and development of sound public policies. OBA accomplishes its mission through analysis, deliberation, and communication of scientific, medical, ethical, legal, and social issues. OBA fulfills this responsibility through four important programs:

  • Recombinant DNA
  • Genetics, Health, Society
  • Dual Use Research
  • Clinical Research Policy Analysis and Coordination

Opportunities for broad public participation and ready access to information are important features of OBA’s activities across all of these programs.

Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE), OD

The Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE) administers training opportunities in 1250 NIH intramural laboratories, which focus on biomedical research. Laboratories are located on the main campus in Bethesda, MD, as well as in Baltimore and Frederick, MD; Research Triangle Park, NC; Phoenix, AZ; Hamilton, MT; and Detroit, MI. Programs include summer internships for high-school, undergraduate and graduate students; a scholarship program for outstanding undergraduates from economically disadvantaged backgrounds; year-long research experiences for college graduates, including a program focused on domestic health disparities; and graduate programs. At NIH biologists, chemists, physicists, engineers and computational/information scientists collaborate to improve health.

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, and empower the NIH research programs to function and proper. Some examples of the diverse areas in which ORS provides services include security and public safety, crime prevention, biomedical engineering and instrumentation resources, occupational and radiation safety, occupational medicine, waste management and disposal, veterinary resources, services for foreign scientists, fire and rescue services, NIH library services, conference and events management, employee transportation services, mail and printing services, medical arts and photography, cafeteria, travel, interpreting, child care, fitness services, and other employee amenities that enrich and enhance the NIH worksite.

Office of Research Facilities Development and Operations, OD

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

Patient Recruitment and Public Liaison Office, CC

The Patient Recruitment and Public Liaison Office (PRPL) is a service of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. PRPL staff members support the medical research performed at the Clinical Center by assisting researchers at the 27 institutes and centers of the NIH in enrolling patients and healthy volunteers to clinical research studies. There are more than 1,000 studies available to patients and healthy volunteers that cover a wide range of diseases and conditions. The PRPL staff strives to increase public awareness of the NIH Clinical Center and promote understanding of clinical research through community outreach and partnership building.

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic

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.

SAIC-Frederick, Inc.

SAIC-Frederick, Inc. manages a broad range of activities to accelerate the development and delivery of new treatments to patients with cancer and AIDS. Through the Advanced Technology Program, researchers at the NCI are offered highly specialized support to help them succeed in today’s complex and fast-paced biomedical research environment. The company also manages public-private partnerships for the government and makes R&D technologies available on a limited, fee-for-service basis to other government agencies through the Economy Act and to academic institutions and corporate entities through a Work for Others program. SAIC-Frederick’s staff of nearly 1,700 scientific, technical, and support professionals conducts basic and applied research in cancer and AIDS, operates and manages the federal government’s only vaccine manufacturing facilities at NIAID’s Vaccine Pilot Plant and the NCI’s Biopharmaceutical Development Program, runs the high-performance Advanced Biomedical Computing Center, and supports more than 300 clinical trials treating patients in the United States and around the world.

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