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NCI at Frederick Employees Recognized at the 2013 NCI Director’s Awards Ceremony

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The Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research Website Development Team, from left: Susan Fox, Frank Blanchard, Li Gwatkin (NCI), Dianna Kelly, Julie Hartman, NCI Director Harold Varmus, Jillian Deshazer, Christopher DeVaughn, James Cherry, and Walter Hubert. Photo courtesy of Ernie Branson, NIH Medical Arts.

By Andrea Frydl, Contributing Writer, and Ashley DeVine, Staff Writer

More than 60 NCI at Frederick government and contractor employees were recognized at the NCI Director’s Awards Ceremony on Nov. 14, held on the main NIH campus in Bethesda.

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WHK Interns Sweep Entire Category at Frederick County Science Fair

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Werner H. Kirsten student interns display winning posters. Seated: Madelyne Xiao; standing, from left, Dahlia Kronfli, Maria Hamscher, and Ashley Babyak. Not pictured: Maham Ahmed, Hanna Perez, and Sam Pritt.

By Nancy Parrish, Staff Writer

The competitors in the cellular and molecular biology category of the Frederick County Science and Engineering Fair on March 22–23 didn’t stand a chance against the Werner H. Kirsten student interns at the National Cancer Institute at Frederick.

These interns swept the entire category, with Madelyne Xiao, a rising intern, winning first place; Maria Hamscher, second place; Ashley Babyak and Dahlia Kronfli tying for third place; and Maham Ahmed receiving an honorable mention.

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Morrison Receives NIH Award for Major Ras/Raf Breakthroughs

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Deborah Morrison, Ph.D., Laboratory Chief, Laboratory of Cell and Developmental Signaling, Center for Cancer Research

By Ashley DeVine, Staff Writer

Deborah Morrison, Ph.D., laboratory chief, Laboratory of Cell and Developmental Signaling, Center for Cancer Research (CCR), received an NIH Director’s Award in June “for major breakthroughs in elucidating the mechanisms of Ras/Raf signaling that will be critical for diagnosis and treatment of disease,” according to the NIH Director’s Awards Ceremony brochure.

She was nominated by Ira Daar, Ph.D., senior investigator, Developmental Signal Transduction Section, Laboratory of Cell and Developmental Signaling, CCR.

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$200,000 Grants Awarded to CCR Researchers for HIV/AIDS Studies

Anu Puri and team

Anu Puri, Ph.D., left, and her team are developing a drug delivery system that uses targeted nanoparticles containing FDA-approved anti-HIV-1 drugs. Shown with Puri are, from left: Weizao Chen, Ph.D., Dimiter Dimitrov, Ph.D., and Robert Blumenthal, Ph.D. Inset: Sanjay Malhotra, Ph.D. Their work is in collaboration with Rinti Banerjee, Ph.D., at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India.

By Nancy Parrish, Staff Writer

Earlier this year, the Office of AIDS Research (OAR) awarded two, two-year grants of $200,000 each to Anu Puri, Ph.D., and Robert Blumenthal, Ph.D., both of the Center for Cancer Research (CCR) Nanobiology Program, and to Eric Freed, Ph.D., of the HIV Drug Resistance Program, for their research on potential new treatments for HIV.

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