Please join me in celebrating The NICHD Connection’s 100th issue! Let’s kick off this party with a good ole’ science joke:
A physician-scientist, a postdoctoral fellow, and a zebrafish expert walk into a room. Okay, I lied. This isn’t the beginning of a joke; it’s the beginning of a beautiful collaboration. The kind of collaboration that can only happen when equal value is given to clinical research, basic science study, and hard-earned technical skill. In honor of our 100th issue, we focus on the interplay of clinical and basic sciences that the NICHD exemplifies.
Last month, Dr. Wei-Chia Tseng of the Porter lab published the work of a collaboration creating novel approaches to study and treat Niemann-Pick type C, a childhood disease with few therapy options. In Tseng’s work, he combined his knowledge of zebrafish models with the clinical experience of physician-scientists, the genetic knowhow of researchers at the National Human Genome Research Institute, and the resources of the NICHD zebrafish core. Check out graduate student Allison Dennis’ feature article on the team’s research to learn about their inspiring work.
Clinical research is truly a team effort. For former NICHD postbac Miles Oliva, a research coordinator position fit his desire to participate in research without going the MD or PhD route. He is now working on a Master of Public Health and has shared his latest experiences in our “Former Fellow Follow-Up” column.
Hopefully you were able to attend a few of the NICHD Office of Education workshops this summer. This August, the always-popular informal lunchtime series highlighted the academic job interview process. Several former fellows shared their thoughts with attendees about their experiences becoming junior faculty—recapped by Dr. Anika Prabhu. If you weren’t able to make it, the recap offers a concise recall of important points.
While we have a lot of exciting reading material in this issue, I encourage you to take a few minutes to check out the most important column this month: our welcome to new fellows, both clinical and postdoctoral. If you see them around campus, be sure to take a minute to say hello. You never know what’s possible when great minds come together—until they do.
Happy 100th all! Here’s to another 100 issues of staying connected.
Your Editor in Chief,
Shana R. Spindler, PhD
Get connected. Send your questions, comments, and ideas to our editor at Shana.Spindler@gmail.com.