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Investigators Retreat: A Forum to Bridge Frederick and Bethesda Cancer Research

The Ronald Reagan Building

The atrium of the Ronald Reagan Building has a ceiling height of up to 125 feet

By Andrea Frydl, Contributing Writer

Nearly 700 researchers, scientists, and laboratory technicians convened in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC, for the 2014 NCI Intramural Scientific Investigators Retreat on Jan. 14.

The event featured presentations and posters exploring topics in cancer research from KRAS signaling to animal care.

One of the highlights of the event was a presentation made by Valerie Beral, Ph.D., from University of Oxford, discussing “Rosalind Franklin and Cancer 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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