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Updated November 1, 2016

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Postdoctoral Fellow Receives Research Grant

Congratulations to Dr. Iago Pinal-Fernandez, postdoctoral fellow in the NIAMS Muscle Disease Unit, who received a research grant from The Myositis Association! Dr. Pinal-Fernandez will use next-generation sequencing of RNA from muscle biopsies to analyze the inflammatory mechanisms implicated in different types of myositis.

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Polycomb Proteins Influence ESC’s Ability to Differentiate

Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) can differentiate into all cell types of the organism. Polycomb proteins influence ESCs' ability to differentiate by methylating specific proteins (histones) that are wrapped with DNA. The Sartorelli lab reports that subtle modifications of Polycomb-mediated histone methylation direct ESCs towards preferential formation of neuronal progenitor cells. Read the study. External Web Site Policy

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Dr. Kaplan Wins Award for Lupus Research

Congratulations to Dr. Mariana Kaplan, Systemic Autoimmunity Branch Chief, who received the Charles L. Christian Award for a Significant Advance in Understanding Lupus. The award was presented at the Lupus 2016 Meeting in Armonk, NY.

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Dr. O’Shea to Give Philip S. Chen, Jr., Ph.D., Distinguished Lecture

Dr. John O’Shea, NIAMS Scientific Director, presented the Philip S. Chen, Jr., Ph.D. Distinguished Lecture on Innovation and Technology Transfer. He presented his talk Cytokine Signaling: Genes, Genomes and Drugs on October 14, 2016 in the Masur Auditorium on the NIH Main Campus.

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Dr. John O’Shea to Receive the Milstein Award

Congratulations to Dr. John O’Shea, Scientific Director of the NIAMS Intramural Research Program, who is a recipient of the 2016 Seymour and Vivian Milstein Award for Excellence in Cytokine and Interferon Research. The award, which recognizes scientists who have made exceptional contributions to cytokine and interferon research, will be presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the International Cytokine and Interferon Society.