Guest Director’s Letter: An Invitation to Serve on a Peer Review Group to Help Maximize the Potential and Promise of the Biomedical Research Community

I am delighted to introduce Richard Nakamura, Ph.D., Director of the NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR). Dr. Nakamura leads CSR’s 450 scientists and administrative staff, overseeing their efforts to manage 80,000 incoming NIH grant applications a year and review the majority of them in CSR peer review groups. CSR holds about 1,500 review meetings a year, involving about 17,000 reviewers from the scientific community. If you have comments or questions, please send them to Anita Linde, M.P.P. . Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D. Director National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Dear Colleagues: If you have

Communicating Research Progress and Impact

Last month, the NIH shared new guidance regarding the use of preprints, which are manuscripts before they have been peer-reviewed, edited or published. The notice clarified reporting instructions for preprints — and other interim research products — to allow investigators to cite and claim them as products of NIH funding. We encourage investigators to use preprints to enhance the rigor and transparency of their work, speed information dissemination, and better communicate the impact of NIH-funded research.

Germ Cell Formation in Mice Relies on RNA Clearance Mechanism

All of our cells, be they skin, muscle or bone, contain the same genetic material. Yet these cells appear different and have unique functions. Decades of research have revealed that the distinctions arise during development as a result of differential gene expression. Now, new work has revealed clues about how this process occurs.

NIH Increases Awareness about Lupus, One Conversation at a Time

People often turn to their places of worship for guidance on how to live better. This makes faith-based settings effective for providing relevant and reliable health information. Recently, the NIAMS joined forces with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc., to help community faith leaders raise awareness about lupus in their congregations. Kidney Sundays , is an annual outreach program aimed at bringing attention to kidney disease as a prevalent health issue in the African American community. The outreach program takes place in March during National Kidney month. "Although some

NIH Resources to Jumpstart and Sustain Your Research Career

Dear Colleagues: NIAMS supports research, trains basic and clinical scientists and disseminates information to improve the Nation’s health and reduce illness and disability. Last summer, I highlighted tools for learning about the tax-payer funded projects that we support. As noted below, NIH also has many resources for investigators while planning their work, applying for funding, conducting studies and sharing results. Learning about NIH scientific priorities Each of the 27 Institutes and Centers has a distinct mission. Most have a long-range or strategic plan and also contribute to NIH-wide and interagency plans on areas of shared interest. Developed with input from
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