Dr. Jeremy Berg, Director of NIH’s National Institute for General Medical Sciences, is well known across the academic science blogosphere for engaging with his stakeholders. Dr. Berg comments on blog posts, returns researcher e-mail messages, and is an all-around role model when it comes to serving his grantees (Disclosure: I hold a NIGMS award but am on record as feeling this way about Dr. Berg even before I received my current grant).
So, it’s not surprising that his other NIGMS leaders also reach out in their respective areas. Today, my attention was just brought to this February 9th post by Dr. Mike Rogers, Director of the NIGMS Division for Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry, at the NIGMS Feedback Loop blog. There, Dr. Rogers acknowledges the International Year of Chemistry but citing the long record of NIGMS in supporting chemistry research:
The launch of the International Year of Chemistry 2011 is a good opportunity to reflect on the NIGMS role in supporting research in this central field of science. NIGMS is the leading institute at NIH in funding chemical research, supporting a range of studies focusing on such areas as the development of synthetic methodologies for new drug discovery and synthesis; the role of metals in biological systems; and the discovery of new analytical techniques for the detection, identification and quantification of human metabolites. In fact, just about every branch of chemistry has a connection to the study of human health [boldface mine - DK].
Dr. Rogers notes therein that NIGMS has supported the work of laureates for 36 Nobel Prizes in chemistry. On the other end of the spectrum, he notes the active role in mentoring that NIGMS has been playing, particularly with new faculty workshops in organic and bio-organic chemistry since 2005.
You can read the complete Chemistry at NIGMS post by Dr. Rogers here.
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