Research Roundup: Zika researchers nominated for public service award, transplanting memories in snails, and more!

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  • Two NIH researchers nominated for prestigious public service award for Zika work. Each year, the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (dubbed “The Sammies”) highlight excellence in our federal workforce and inspire other talented and dedicated individuals to go into public service. Known as “The Oscars” of government service, these awards are a highly respected honor with a vigorous selection process. This year, Drs.Barney S. Graham, M.D., Ph.D And Theodore C. Pierson, Ph.D., from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at NIH, are finalists for the 2018 Promising Innovations Medal for their work in developing a promising vaccine now in clinical testing to prevent the Zika virus. The vaccine moved from inception to manufacturing in an unprecedented three months — an exceptionally short time frame — and was possible because of concurrent in vitro and in vivo testing. Crucially, the team conducted animal studies (in mice and nonhuman primates) to determine effectiveness, and concurrent Phase I human trials to demonstrate safety, prior to the clinical trial. Voting is open now to the public, and winners will be announced in July.
Macaque monkeys at CNPRC. Credit: K. West.
Snail used in neuroscience research. Credit: D. Glanzman
Cocker spaniel. Source: Public Domain Pictures.

~Speaking of Research

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