Exploring the National Institutes of Health: What’s NIH working on in 2017?

Bethesda is famous around the world for being home of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). But what does NIH actually do? The organization’s official mission statement is “to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability.”

The NIH invests over $30 billion each year into medical research for Americans. Yet few people know exactly what goes on at NIH’s campus, which is located less than a mile from the American Inn.

We’ve identified three of the coolest things happening in 2017 involving NIH:

First in Human: The Trials of Building 10

Officially known as the Clinical Center, Building 10 on NIH’s campus is one of its most mysterious. It includes over 300 patient beds, research laboratories, a suite for animal surgery, and more. Some of the country’s most important – and dangerous – research is done inside this building complex. HIV/AIDs treatments, chemotherapy techniques, and the first successful gene therapy treatment were all developed in Building 10.

In August, a new television show called First in Human will air on the Discovery Channel. Hosted by The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons, the show will provide unprecedented access to Building 10 and its doctors and researchers. First in Human will explore how doctors, researchers, and patients all play a role in developing medical breakthroughs of the future.

The Science of Caregiving: Bringing Voices Together

Caregiving is one of the most important functions of the healthcare industry – but there are many different parties involved, from doctors and nurses to patients and their families. Beginning Monday, August 7 at 12 PM in NIH’s Building 45, the National Institute of Nursing Research will host a free two-day conference that will provide perspectives from everyone involved in caregiving.

Speakers at the event include Dr. Patricia Grady, Director of the National Institute of Nursing Research, Dr. Lawrence A. Tabak, Principal Deputy Director of NIH, and Judy Woodruff, Managing Editor of PBS NewsHour. For more information or to register for the event, check out its registration website.

Clinical Center Grand Rounds (Every Wednesday)

Continuing Medical Education (CME) is critical for all types of healthcare professionals, from doctors to researchers. NIH’s Clinical Center Grand Rounds provides weekly CME activities to update its audience on a variety of topics from many different kinds of speakers, to help them stay current and grow professionally. Medical professionals both inside and outside of the NIH community are welcome to attend – the next two sessions are on July 19 and July 26. For future dates and topics, check out the Grand Rounds website.

How should you choose a hotel near NIH in Bethesda?

Whether you are coming to Bethesda specifically to visit NIH or it’s one of many places you plan on visiting during your stay, you’ve got to book a hotel that is comfortable, economical, and in close proximity to everywhere you need to go. At the American Inn of Bethesda you can enjoy great amenities such as easy access to downtown and the Metro, complimentary breakfast, and a welcoming staff ready to help you with anything you need.