NIH Research Festival.
October 5-8, 2010.
Building 10 and Natcher Conference Center

Special Exhibits on Resources for Intramural Research

Tuesday, October 5, 2010
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Natcher Conference Center

Wednesday, October 6, 2010
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Natcher Conference Center

Information booths on intramural research resources will be displayed in the lobby areas of the Natcher Conference Center on October 5 and 6. The following NIH Institutes and Centers, offices, programs, and organizations will be represented.

Applied Biomedical Supercomputing on the NIH Helix Systems, CIT

The NIH Helix Systems (CIT) provides high-performance scientific computational resources, training, consulting and collaboration for the intramural NIH community. Resources available to Helix users include the Biowulf Linux cluster with almost 9,000 processors, very large memory systems (72-512 GB), high-performance file systems, and a dedicated staff to provide technical support. Applications include licensed products such as Matlab and the Biobase suite for gene regulation and transcription interpretation, sequence assembly packages such as MIRA and Velvet, web applications such as the EMBOSS sequence analysis suite, in-house-developed tools such as DNAworks for oligonucleotide design and StrucTools for 3-D structure analysis, and applications for small- or large-scale use in the areas of computational chemistry, molecular dynamics, sequence analysis, linkage and phylogenetic analysis, structural biology, mathematical and statistical analysis, image processing, proteomics, and more. (

Bioinformatics and Computational Biosciences Branch (BCBB), Office of Cyber Infrastructure and Computational Biology (OCICB), NIAID

The Bioinformatics and Computational Biosciences Brach (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. BCBB offers the following services:

  • Communications and Outreach
  • Training and Education for Researchers
  • Web Collaboration Strategy
  • Seminars, Training, and Consultation
  • Emerging Technologies Research
  • Analytic Algorithms and In-silico Modeling
  • Scientific Research Management
  • Database Development
  • Data Analysis and Research Services
  • Custom Scripting
  • Project Portfolio Management
  • Custom Scientific Software Development

We will be demonstrating bioinformatics concepts and resources at our booth throughout the festival. You may also contact us by emailing

Center for Information Technology (CIT)

The Center for Information Technology (CIT) supports NIH and other Federal research and management programs with efficient, cost-effective administrative and high-powered scientific computing. From supercomputing to management of an Image Processing Facility, CIT provides the NIH intramural community with bioinformatics support and scientific tools and resources to advance computational science. CIT can help your organization with computer training, technical support, application development and hosting services, IT acquisition, networking, telecommunications, and IT security. For more information, contact the CIT Planning, Evaluation, and Communications Office (PECO) at or 301-496-6203, or visit the CIT Web site at

CIT Video Services

CIT Video: Providing a variety of communication and collaboration services which enable the NIH community to interact with people world-wide, including:

  • VideoCasting & Podcasting: Presentations are sent as live streaming video, then archived in a form that allows the viewer to rewind, fast forward, and pause the show. Podcast files can be downloaded and viewed offline on a computer or portable media player.
  • NIH Web Collaboration using Connect: Online meeting application allows you to hold virtual meetings and share documents, images, and video online with colleagues or collaborators across the globe, without the high costs and scheduling difficulties of travel.
  • Video Conferencing: Allow people to attend meetings held in another location by sending a real-time TV-style signal between two or more rooms.
  • Conference Room Design & Support: Traditional spaces can be transformed into Multimedia Conference Rooms for meeting with people in the room, as well as remote attendees using VTC and Web Collaboration.

Core Facilities

Core Facilities in the NIH Intramural Program provide ongoing research support to intramural investigators in support of the biomedical research mission of the NIH. They provide specialized technical and theoretical knowledge, access to state of the art technology, and training of students, fellows, visiting fellows, and other research personnel. Some examples of the diverse cores in the NIH IRP include facilities supporting Confocal Microscopy, Flow Cytometry, Proteomics, Microarray analysis, DNA sequencing, Bioinformatics, and Cytogenetics, among others. The use of core facilities allows centralized specialized services and technical expertise resulting in cost savings in equipment, personnel, and training.

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 an evening academic program at the NIH to permit investigators to supplement laboratory training with advanced formal education. The success of this academic program served as a catalyst towards creating additional programs and services. Current FAES activities include: FAES Graduate School and BioTrac training programs, Health and Dental Insurance programs, FAES Bookstore, Conference Management services, Cultural Enrichment activities, FAES Social and Academic Center, and student housing.

Green Labs

Many of the diseases that we research at NIH have been shown to have an environmental component. As a result, NIH has a unique responsibility to carefully consider the environmental impacts of our day-to-day activities. NIH is a leader in environmental stewardship, but we can do even better. Each of us must take simple actions to minimize our environmental impacts. The NIH Environmental Management System (NEMS) is a management tool that helps us identify our most pressing environmental issues, set goals to address those issues, and improve our environmental performance. As a part of NEMS, the NIH Goes Greener campaign was launched to challenge all NIH employees and contractors to conduct their activities in a more environmentally sound manner. The NIH Green Teams, set up by each institute, are working toward greening each institute in general, with special emphasis on office greening. The NEMS Sustainable Laboratory Practices Working Group is developing procedures and tools on how to green laboratory activities. The group has been focusing its efforts to promote the use of less-toxic chemicals, reduce the use of laboratory supplies that can potentially lead to an increase in the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and endocrine system disrupting chemicals into our water, and promote energy use reduction activities in the laboratory. Future efforts include opportunities for peer networking through Greening Chemical Labs mini fairs, a website tool where researchers can share their success stories, and an incentive program to encourage adoption of greener technologies.

I am Intramural

Description of the Exhibit: display banner, flyers, and giveaways (pencils, mugs, etc.) Our purpose is to promote the NIH intramural research program; the major goal of this effort is to raise awareness of the NIH Intramural Research Program. By sharing thoughts and opinions, to help us to:

  • Clearly explain how the research done here improves people's lives
  • Provide information on how we’re training the "next generation" of biomedical scientists
  • Promote participation in clinical research studies done at the NIH Clinical Research Center

NCI Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid® (caBIG®)

The cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid® (caBIG®) is a collaborative network designed to accelerate the translation of discoveries from research to clinical care. This extensible informatics platform integrates diverse data types and supports interoperable software tools in clinical science, biospecimen management, imaging and discovery science. An institution can combine various caBIG® tools to form a comprehensive solution for data management as well as data integration, discovery and analysis. Data management solutions within the caBIG® Life Sciences domain include those for microarray data (caArray), biospecimens (caTissue Suite), nanoparticle data (caNanoLab) and Genome Wide Association Study data (caGWAS).

To support the connection of data across these resources, there are integrative tools that allow the scientist to search data across different repositories connected to the grid, and analyze, integrate and visualize these data. caIntegrator allows users with no programming skills to set up a study-specific custom web portals that allow search and analysis across different data types. caBench-to-Bedside (caB2B) allows users to search array data, biospecimens, and nanoparticle data across instances of caArray, caTissue Suite, and caNanoLab, on the grid. The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) tools allow researchers to search and download large TCGA data sets as well as integrate, visualize, and explore clinical and genomic data using the TCGA data portal and the Cancer Genome WorkBench (CGWB).

NCI Technology Transfer Center (TTC)

The NCI Technology Transfer Center (TTC) provides a complete array of services to support the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) technology transfer activities and ensures that NCI's technology transfer activities comport with Federal statutes and regulations and the policies of the National Institutes of Health. A large part of TTC's responsibilities includes the negotiation of technology transfer agreements between the NCI and outside organizations such as universities and pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. TTC reviews employee invention reports and makes recommendations to the NIH Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) concerning filing of patent applications. TTC also provides a range of technology transfer services to several other Institutes.

NIH Blood Bank

The NIH Blood Bank exhibit will provide literature and information explaining donation opportunities for employees and visitors. Platelet, plasma, double red cell, research, and whole blood donation questions and answers will be available.

NIH Federal Credit Union

Our exhibit will be an informational table promoting our products and services, our main focus will be finacial education. We are offering financial check ups on our loan products and credit check ups to help our members become financially fit. We also will have giveaways and a drawing.

NIMH Schizophrenia Research

The National Institute of Mental Health seeks healthyvolunteers to participate in a study examining genes and brain function. Participation involves a blood draw and non-invasive neuroimaging, interviews, and cognitive testing. No overnight stays or medications are involved. Compensation is provided. To participate, call 1-800-411-1222 (TTY# 1-866-411-1010). Refer to Protocol #95-M-150


For over a decade, the NIH Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) has been delivering information technology to federal civilian and DoD agencies through multiple GWACs. We’ve streamlined our processes, developed customer-focused initiatives and built an e-ordering system unlike any other. Visit us at Booth 1152 and see for yourself how easy procurement can be.

Office of NIH History, OD

The Stetten Museum and the Office of History will be represented at the research festival by an exhibit that helps to explain our capabilities and unique functions. This year we would like to feature a scale model of a new Heart Valve Exhibition (shown in the context of the Clinical Center’s South Entrance). And, we would like to exhibit concept boards that highlight the primary stories and historical narratives captured in this exhibition. One or two of the new museum objects collected as part of the exhibition research and content development, and background binders of photographs and objects associated with each story will also be available for visitors to explore. The array of materials will help to illustrate the field research, image and object collecting and oral history recording that helped to shape the visitor experiences within the exhibition. We will be distributing bookmarks that feature the individuals and objects associated specifically with the heart valve storylines (which will include some contemporary NIH folks who are continuing a long tradition of invention and innovation in cardiovascular medicine). Museum staff, Stetten Fellows and Historians will be on hand to answer questions about the various functions of the Stetten Museum and the Office of History, and to inquire with visitors about historical materials and collections that may be available to the museum and archive.

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, services for foreign scientists, and programs to enrich and enhance the NIH worksite.

Office of Science Education

The NIH Office of Science Education (OSE),, plans, develops, and coordinates a comprehensive science education program to strengthen and enhance efforts of the NIH to attract young people to biomedical and behavioral science careers and to improve science literacy in both adults and children. The OSE exhibit will showcase volunteer opportunities for NIH scientists, clinicians, and other professionals including:

  • LifeWorks Speakers Bureau,, volunteer to speak about a wide range of health and medical science topics and careers at schools and public science education events.
  • LifeWorks® E-mentoring,, become a supportive mentor and guide students via e-mail.
  • LifeWorks (Career Exploration) –, share your career story or become a video star at this career exploration Web site for middle and high school students.

Office of Training and Education, OD

The NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education (OITE) is a division of the Office of Intramural Research (OIR), Office of the Director (OD). Our mission is to enhance the training experience of students and fellows on all of the NIH campuses. We work closely with the Training Offices in the NIH Institutes and Centers to help trainees in the Intramural Research Program (IRP; The Intramural program is the sum of all the research projects carried out by NIH investigators and trainees in NIH facilities) develop scientific and professional skills that will enable them to become leaders in the biomedical research community. We provide services to multiple groups: current trainees in programs in the NIH IRP; potential applicants to training programs at the NIH; investigators and staff at the NIH; trainees and investigators outside the NIH (in the extramural community). Visit our website at for additional information.

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFBD)

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.


The National Cancer Institute at Frederick offers a full range of cutting-edge research and development support to NIH scientists working in basic research, translational research, and preclinical studies. The Advanced Technology Program (ATP) offers the latest technology and expertise in genetics, genomics, proteins, proteomics, imaging, and nanotechnology. The Biopharmaceutical Development Program (BDP) provides state-of-the-art development of clinical-grade monoclonal antibodies, recombinant proteins, therapeutic peptides and plasmid DNA, oncolytic viruses, gene therapy products, and other biological agents. The Laboratory Animal Sciences Program (LASP) provides expertise in molecular technologies, animal model development and characterization, animal imaging, conventional histopathology and molecular pathologic analysis. It provides comprehensive, high-quality animal care, technologies and services to support the development of targeted cancer therapies. The Advanced Biological Computing Center (ABCC) has computing infrastructure to support bioinformatics, molecular modeling, image analysis and high throughput information solutions. These programs are operated by NCI-Frederick’s prime contractor, SAIC-Frederick, Inc. For more information about how these programs can support your research please contact: ATP, Dr. Bruce Crise (; BDP, Dr. John Gilly (; LASP, Dr. Lionel Feigenbaum (; ABCC, Dr. Jack Collins (

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