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Looking Anew
(November 2011)
Roberto Weigert, Ph.D.Scientists observed a key subcellular process through an IVM microscope and caught a telling new glimpse of how the biology works.   more.....

The Exome Factor
(October 2011)
Jeffrey Myers, M.D., Ph.D.In the August 26 issue of the journal Science, a team of NIDCR-supported scientists provides one of the most comprehensive analyses yet of the genetic landscape that underlies head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, or HNSCC, the most common form of head and neck cancer.  The data help to pin down that HNSCC, although spoken in the singular, is actually plural.  The condition represents dozens of molecular conditions, each driven by a unique acquired pattern of cancer-causing gene alterations.  Interestingly, a companion study, also published in the August 26 issue of Science and partially NIH funded, reported similar results in HNSCC.  Taken together, the results suggest that the reclassification of these tumors based on their molecular characteristics is starting to come into technological reach as a key first step in establishing personalized medicine.   more.....

Going Global
(April 2011)
Leora Walter, dental studentThe John E. Fogarty International Center (FIC), part of the National Institutes of Health, for decades has offered a variety of global health fellowships to medical residents, medical fellows, and Ph.D. health scientists.  Exceedingly rare has been the dental student who joined them out in the field.  In 2009, Leora Walter, then in her third year at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, became the fourth dental student recently to receive the one-year Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars and Fellows training grant.  more.....

A Rare Find
(March 2011)
Katuichia Uzzun Sales, D.D.S., Ph.D.A rare disease and a unique research opportunity. Read how an NIDCR postdoc took the rash out of an experimental model for Netherton syndrome.  Netherton syndrome is a rare inherited condition, characterized, in part, by a severe congenital skin rash.  more....

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