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Special Exhibits on Resources for Intramural Research

Please review the appropriate exhibitor layout for specific locations within the Natcher Conference Center.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Noon – 2:00 p.m.

Natcher Conference Center

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

10:00 a.m. – Noon

Natcher Conference Center

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Noon – 2:00 p.m.

Natcher Conference Center

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Natcher Conference Center

OCICB/Bioinformatics and Computational Biosciences Branch

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 e-mailing

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 to 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.


The NIH Supply Center (NIHSC) is the Agency's internal, not-for-profit, and FAR-approved first source for research and office supplies. We operate a warehouse and two campus stores. Our Mission is to provide highest quality of products and services that reduce costs to NIH and its institutes.


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 molecular technologies and model development, animal imaging, and conventional and molecular pathologic analysis. It provides complete, high-quality animal care and support services. 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 (

NIH Helix Systems

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 over 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.

Technology Transfer Center

The National Cancer Institute's Technology Transfer Center (TTC) provides technology transfer services to scientists from NCI and nine other I/Cs. TTC supports the scientists' research collaborations and helps them obtain research materials unavailable at NIH. TTC negotiates agreements between the institutes we serve and outside organizations, which satisfies both the scientific research objective and NIH policy. TTC handles all aspects of the agreement process so the scientist spends less time on paperwork and more time advancing their research goals. In addition, TTC has a CRTA fellowship program for scientists interested in a career change. Stop by the booth to learn more.

Center for Information Technology

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, collaboration, 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


What NIH can buy through NITAAC GWACs provides you with both general and heath IT products and services from a group of pre-screened, highly qualified companies that have already been verified for integrity and expertise. Intramural and extramural employees will find our contract holders were selected to meet research and health-related IT needs including: computers, servers, and IT-related products for the lab or office; software for routine or customized purposes in the lab or office; customized health IT solutions for lab, extramural programs, CIO-specific functions, and other internal NIH activities. From the Chief Information Officer (CIO) to the Primary Investigator (PI), customers can count on NITAAC for faster procurement of IT products, services, and solutions.

Conserved Domain Database (CDD), NCBI

The CDD database assembles representations of protein- and protein domain-families that originate from a variety of sources, curated in-house as well as imported from external contributors, such as Pfam, COG, or TIGRFAM. Protein domain models curated by NCBI are unique in that we make explicit use of 3-D-structure information to define domain boundaries, identify evolutionarily conserved segments, and guide the alignment between distantly related families. We also annotate conserved functional features and sites, such as catalytic residues and binding sites, and provide concise summaries and links to electronic literature resources. NCBI-curated models that describe protein domains related by common descent are organized into hierarchies, which reflect major evolutionary events. Such hierarchies are grouped into superfamily clusters together with alternative single models, by mostly automated clustering, with limited intervention by manual curation that examines common three-dimensional structure and the conservation of functional sites. We will provide an introduction to the CDD database and highlight its strengths as a protein classification and annotation resource. We will demonstrate how the database and its curation tools, including CDTree and Cn3D, which are publicly available programs, can be used in the characterization of protein and domain families. The CDD collection of domain models can be accessed at


The NIH Blood Bank will provide educational material for the various types of donations available (whole blood, platelets, plasma, or research). Eligibility questions will be answered and confirmed appointments can be made.

Office of Intramural Training and Education

The NIH Office of Intramural Training and 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) develop scientific and professional skills that will enable them to become leaders in the biomedical research community. The Intramural Research Program is the sum of all the research projects carried out by NIH investigators and trainees in NIH facilities. 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).

NIH Oxford Cambridge Scholars Program

The National Institutes of Health Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program is an accelerated, individualized doctoral training program for outstanding science students committed to biomedical research careers. The program is based on the British system in which students perform doctoral research without required formal courses other than those which students choose to take in relationship to their own interests. Students selected for admission to the program have already developed a sophisticated scientific background by having engaged in research as undergraduates.

NIH Training Center

The NIH Training Center is your dedicated resource for NIH-specific training, professional development programs, and customized solutions. We exist to advance the NIH’s research mission by supporting and developing employees across NIH’s 27 institutes and centers. As partners in science, the NIH Training Center helps the NIH community meet present and future challenges by offering valuable learning experiences that empower employees to maximize performance and achieve their full potential.

NIMH Schizophrenia Research

The National Institute of Mental Health Schizophrenia Research Program is seeking healthy volunteers to help understand the genetic and non-genetic factors that increase risk for schizophrenia. For details, call 1-888-674-6464. Applications are currently being accepted.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, New Media and Web Policy Branch

NIAID is redesigning the "Resources for Researchers" section on our Web site! We are looking for volunteers to stop by our booth and give us feedback on our new Web site. It's a great opportunity to give input and we'd love to hear from you!

Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid® (caBIG®) Molecular Analysis Tools Knowledge Center

Translational research is enhanced when there is access to a wealth of genomic and clinical data. The collection, management and analysis of those data frequently present daunting challenges for researchers. The Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid® (caBIG®) program, an NCI-sponsored initiative, aims to create a voluntary network of cancer centers and other biomedical research institutions, powered by an extensible interoperable informatics platform that helps researchers collect, manage, and analyze large, diverse data collections in support of information sharing and collaborative studies. Through its Knowledge Centers, led by leading academic centers, caBIG® provides multifaceted support for basic and clinical researchers, biobank managers, and those working with biomedical images. As a part of the caBIG® program, the Molecular Analysis Tools Knowledge Center (MATKC), led by Columbia University Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, provides comprehensive information resources, expertise, and online support for the open-source caBIG® scientific applications of interest to basic researchers. The caBIG® staff including the members from the MATKC will be in the caBIG® booth to demonstrate applications and answer questions about informatics resources for basic researchers. Visit our booth for a list of tools and capabilities, or contact, or visit the caBIG® Web site at

The New 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. In October 2011, the NIH Office of Intramural Research, in conjunction with the NIH Center for Information Technology (CIT) and the NIH technology transfer community, will launch an initial version of an enterprise-wide web-based MTA management system that will that will accomplish the following: improve the processing of MTAs within the NIH through automation; reduce the paperwork burden of intramural and extramural researchers; allow the IC’s Technology Development Coordinators to ensure that MTAs are being executed in accordance with internal NIH policy guidelines; provide NIH-leadership with key metrics concerning the use of NIH research materials by both intramural and extramural laboratories The new system will have a broad array of beneficiaries including NIH intramural and extramural researchers, NIH Technology Development Coordinators (TDCs) and their ICs, NIH’s Office of Technology Transfer along with offices of technology transfer at universities and non-profit research institutions. With the support of the NIH Office of Intramural Research, we will showcase and demo the new NIH Transfer Agreement Dashboard (TAD) system to the NIH community.

The NEMS Sustainable Lab Practices Working Group

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 consider the environmental impacts of our day-to-day activities. The NIH Environmental Management System (NEMS) is a management tool that helps identify the most pressing environmental issues at NIH, 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, fellows, and contractors to conduct their activities in a more environmentally sound manner. The NIH Green Teams are working toward greening each NIH IC. The NEMS Sustainable Laboratory Practices Working Group is developing procedures and tools on how to green laboratory activities. The group has focused on efforts to promote recycling, energy reduction activities in the laboratory, and the reduction of toxic chemicals and reagents. Special emphasis is placed on chemicals that lead to the release of greenhouse gases or are endocrine-disrupting chemicals. The Working Group's current activities include organizing Green Labs Fairs and providing information on lab-greening activities through participation in events such as NIH Research Festival. Future efforts include the development of a Web site tool where researchers can share their success stories and the promotion of programs to encourage adoption of greener technologies.

Learning Ally

Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic) is a non-profit organization that provides recorded textbooks for students with print disabilities. With headquarters in Princeton, N.J., Learning Ally units in cities around the country rely on more than 5,800 volunteers to produce recorded textbooks in all subject areas. The Washington, D.C. unit, located at 5225 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, hosts about 400 volunteers week-in week and 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, Learning Ally 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 Bethesda campus, offering an exciting volunteer opportunity for NIH employees. For more information or to volunteer, contact Kathryn Sparks at or 202-244-8990.

NIH Federal Credit Union

The National Institutes of Health Federal Credit Union (NIHFCU—the nation’s largest credit union serving the biomedical industry—is dedicated to delivering affordable loans and banking solutions that save its members both time and money. This includes small-business loans and lines, mortgages and home-equity programs, auto and other consumer loans, checking with free worldwide ATM use, a range of free mobile and online services and more. All employees, independent contractors, and self-employed persons who regularly work in the biomedical and health-care industries in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia are welcome. Visit to learn more about the NIHFCU Advantage.

Office of Research Services

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.

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