February Is American Heart Month

A group of red items for American Heart Month

By Camille Rees, Guest Writer

February is American Heart Month, and Feb. 7 was designated “National Wear Red Day” by the American Heart Association.

The American Heart Association has sponsored the “Go Red for Women” campaign for 10 years. The message: heart disease is the number one killer of women.

Did you know that more women die of heart disease than men?  In fact, it is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. Over the years, the red dress has become the symbol of the fight against heart disease in women.

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Long-Time Scientist Works to Prove Chemistry’s Place in Cancer Research

Larry Keefer, Ph.D.

Larry Keefer, Ph.D., head of the Chemical Biology Laboratory’s Drug Design Section.

By Carolynne Keenan, Contributing Writer

When Larry Keefer, Ph.D., first arrived at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) more than 40 years ago, he didn’t have a physical lab to call his own. Not immediately, anyway, due to a glitch in the construction schedule, he explained.                  

So he spent his first few years in Bethesda doing administrative work, like reviewing proposals and serving as a project officer on contracts.

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Gut Microorganisms Found Necessary for Successful Cancer Therapy

Group photo of four scientists

Giorgio Trinchieri, M.D., seated. Standing, from left: Romina Goldszmid, Ph.D., Amiran Dzutsev, M.D., Ph.D., and C. Andrew Stewart, Ph.D. Not pictured: Noriho Iida, Ph.D.

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By Nancy Parrish, Staff Writer

Humans play host to trillions of microorganisms that help our bodies perform basic functions, like digestion, growth, and fighting disease. In fact, bacterial cells outnumber the human cells in our bodies by 10 to 1.1

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SPGM Moves to Building 434 This Month

Building 434

The entrance to SPGM’s new location in Building 434, on Wood Street.

By Ashley DeVine, Staff Writer

Scientific Publications, Graphics & Media (SPGM) moves to a new location this month—Building 434. The entrance is located on Wood Street.

The move will take place between Monday, February 24, and Friday, February 28. During the move, SPGM will limit disruptions to service as much as possible.

A sign in front of the building will direct you to the department’s new location. Please visit SPGM in Building 434 beginning Monday, March 3.

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