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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.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Natcher Conference Center

Thursday, October 11, 2012

10:00 a.m. – Noon

Natcher Conference Center

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Noon – 2:00 p.m.

Natcher Conference Center

Thursday, October 11, 2012

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Natcher Conference Center

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:

* Biowulf Linux cluster with 15,000 processors, very large memory systems (72-512 GB)
* High-performance file systems
* Dedicated staff to provide technical support

Applications supported on Helix Systems include:

* Licensed products such as Matlab, Mathematica, and Gaussian
* Web applications such as Galaxy, an interface to the Biowulf cluster
* Computational chemistry
* Molecular dynamics and structural biology
* Next-generation sequence analysis and assembly
* Linkage and phylogenetic analysis
* Mathematical and statistical analysis
* Image processing, proteomics, and more

Bioviz in the Intramural Research Program and Beyond

This booth, in conjunction with a theater show in Natcher conference room D, highlights the broad range of biomedical visualizations, animations and interactivity projects produced in the Intramural Research Program and beyond, as well as resources that are available to the scientific community in the IRP. Talk to representatives from the Bioviz Interest Group ( and the newly formed Games for Science Interest Group ( Learn about a wide range of visualization and animation challenges; learn about new ways of publishing, and discover (yet another) community of geeks at the NIH, ready to push new boundaries.

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, hosting services, IT acquisition, networking, telecommunications, and IT security. For information about how we can help your organization, please contact us at or 301-496-6203 or visit the CIT Web site at

CIVIL (NIH’s Program to Prevent Workplace Violence)

CIVIL is a team of NIH experts that can help prevent workplace violence through response to incidents of concern, assessment of potentially violent incidents, education and awareness, and policy development.

Conserved Domain Database (CDD)

The Conserved Domain Database (CDD) is a collection of structure based multiple sequence alignments that represent ancient conserved domains. CDD provides annotation and tools for the rapid annotation of functional domains on protein and coding nucleotide sequences. 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:

Foundation For Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) Graduate School at NIH

The FAES Graduate School at NIH offers nearly 200 courses each year at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. FAES courses are certified by the Maryland Higher Education Committee and accepted for credit at most universities. The FAES Graduate School operates with the approval of the Maryland Higher Education Committee. Courses are open to members of the NIH community, other federal employees and the general public. Certificate programs are also now available in Technology Transfer as well as Public Health.

Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research

The Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, part of the National Cancer Institute, is a federal laboratory that offers a unique array of advanced technologies to speed the translation of laboratory research into new diagnostic tests and treatments for cancer and AIDS. The Lab can provide highly specialized technical expertise, services, and facilities. Available technologies include those for genomics, proteomics, imaging, nanotechnology, mouse models, high-throughput screening, biospecimen repositories, high-performance computing and bioinformatics, and biopharmaceutical development and cGMP manufacturing.

National Institutes of Health Environmental Management System (NEMS)

The NEMS Sustainable Laboratory Practices Working Group and NEMS IC Green Teams Council work jointly to “green” the laboratory and office environments at NIH. 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 can 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. NEMS challenges NIH employees and contractors to conduct their activities in a more environmentally sound manner. The IC 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. Each year the group holds Green Labs Fairs where researchers can share their success stories of using greener technologies.

NIAID OCICB Bioinformatics and Computational Biosciences Branch

The Bioinformatics and Computational Biosciences Branch (BCBB) supports the NIAID research mission by leveraging the latest computational technologies to accelerate discovery and remain at the forefront of today's rapid scientific pace. 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.


The NIH Blood Bank will provide attendees with information on whole blood, platelet, plasma, and research donations available at NIH. Appointments may be scheduled during the festival.


NIH Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

EAP provides personalized consultation, short-term support, referral and follow-up services to enhance personal and professional wellbeing. EAP is an ideal first stop for access to the vast resources of the NIH and the outside community. We also offer training and support to workgroups to address issues that impact the work environment. EAP services are free and strictly confidential.

NIH Intramural Research Program

The Intramural Research Program (IRP) is the internal research program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), known for its synergistic approach to biomedical science. A new IRP website and social media channels were launched in September 2011, bringing together information and online resources from 26 IRP programs within 23 NIH Institutes and Centers. One year later, the website is expanding to include profiles for the approximately 1,200 Principal Investigators in the IRP, each categorized by Scientific Focus Area to assist visitors in finding the info they need. A new IRP Accomplishments section is in the works, in addition to several new stories of IRP Research in Action.

NIH Office of Intramural Training & 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 Training Center

Marketing NIH-specific training, professional development programs and customized solutions

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. The NIH Office of Intramural Research, in conjunction with the NIH Center for Information Technology (CIT) and the NIH technology transfer community, launched an enterprise-wide, Web-based MTA management system – the Transfer Agreement Dashboard (TAD) – that accomplishes the following:

  • Improves the processing of MTAs through automation
  • Reduces the paperwork burden of Intramural and Extramural researchers
  • Allows the IC’s Technology Development Coordinators to ensure that MTAs are being executed in accordance with internal NIH policy guidelines
  • Provides NIH leadership with key metrics concerning the use of NIH research materials by both Intramural and Extramural laboratories
TAD is available to all NIH ICs free of charge, and all NIH researchers and technology transfer staff are encouraged to take advantage of this Intramural Research Program resource to facilitate the MTA process. Visit this exhibit booth to see the TAD system ( in action, and feel free to contact the TAD Support Team at with any questions.


Drive efficiencies with faster, easier, cost-competitive IT acquisitions through NIH-NITAAC’s CIO-SP3, CIO-SP3 Small Business, and ECS III OMB-Authorized Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs). Long used by the DoD to procure IT products, services and solutions, NITAAC GWACs have been designated a Strategic Source by the Navy, and a preferred source for SmallBusiness set-asides by the DoD. The program is housed within HHS at the National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC).

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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