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NIH Record  
Vol. LVII, No.11
June 3, 2005
NIH's First Online Chatroom Celebrates National DNA Day
NINDS's Liu Returns to China to Train Students
Employees Gain E-Access to Personnel Folders
The National Toxicology Program: A Quarter Century of Progress
Conference Room Dedicated to Neva
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'Just Keep True North'
Zerhouni Predicts Balanced End To Conflict of Interest Issue
NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni
The conflict of interest (CoI) issue that has so absorbed NIH since a series of news articles brought concerns to light in late 2003 will subside, predicted NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni. The agency will emerge balanced, trustworthy and as deeply involved in the vitality of science as ever, he said in an interview May 12.

"I'm very optimistic that our approach is going to lead to a much more fair and balanced set of rules," he said.

Teachers Walk the NIH Red Carpet
NIH’ers staff science teacher convention in Dallas.
This year, NIH exhibitors did in unity what no single institute or center can usually do — cranked up the NIH brand at least one notch higher, effectively increasing the public's understanding of the agency's identity, goals and achievements. At the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) 2005 national conference in Dallas, 12 ICs and associate organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, clustered their exhibits at the Dallas Convention Center to create an NIH aisle. At events past, IC booths were scattered, making it nearly impossible to convey the fact that the "I" in NIH denotes 27 ICs, not just one or two. The NIH aisle may have given the more than 10,000 teachers at NSTA a new perspective on the nation's leading medical research agency.