The fifth NIH Research Festival, an in-house showcasing of hundreds of research projects supported by the 13 institutes operating under the National Institutes of Health aegis, will be held at the Bethesda, Md., campus September 21-25. Events scheduled for NIH's 16,000 researchers and other staff include five symposia, 31 workshops, three poster sessions with more than 450 presentations, and a scientific equipment show.

Although originally planned to serve the intramural research community at NIH, the festival has proved to have a wider draw, appealing to many regional biomedical researchers.

NIH director Bernadine Healy will deliver an opening talk, marking the first time a director has addressed festival participants. Healy is expected to speak about upcoming organizational changes at the institutes, in particular, the October 1 merger into NIH of three research institutes formerly allied with the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration (ADAMHA). Organizers hope the planned events will...

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