OFFICE OF NIH HISTORY
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
The Office of NIH History at the National Institutes of Health exists to advance historical understanding of biomedical research within the NIH and the world. Through preserving records of significant NIH achievements, innovative exhibits, and educational programs, the Office of NIH History explores the past to enhance present understanding of the health sciences and the National Institutes of Health.
A heart valve on loan from Dewitt Stetten, Jr., Museum of Medical Research is featured in the Smithsonian’s Mending Broken Hearts exhibit on heart valve prosthetics.
The Stetten Museum and Office of NIH History submitted a poster for the poster session at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory conference HIV/AIDS RESARCH: ITS HISTORY & FUTURE. The conference was held on October 13-16, 2016, and was attended by founding director of the Stetten Museum, Victoria A. Harden, Ph.D. The full program can be read at http://library.cshl.edu/Meetings/HIV-AIDS/program.php.
The Office of NIH History and Stetten Museum is saddened to learn of the death of Dr. Thressa “Terry” Stadtman. She and her husband Dr. Earl Stadtman were great supporters of NIH history, and made plenty of that history themselves.
Dr. Thressa Stadtman, who was 96 when she died and had worked at NIH for 59 years, had been the chief of the Section on Intermediary Metabolism and Bioenergetics in the NHLBI Laboratory of Biochemistry. She made seminal discoveries on the role of vitamin B12 and the physiological functions of selenium and selenocysteine, the latter an amino acid she discovered. She and her husband were known for mentoring a generation of scientists, and their achievements are the focus of an NIH Stetten Museum physical and virtual exhibit titled, “The Stadtman Way: A Tale of Two Biochemists at NIH,” which can viewed at https://history.nih.gov/exhibits/stadtman/index.htm.
For more information about her life and work, you can read her oral history at http://go.usa.gov/x8d92 and view images at the Office of NIH History Flickr page at https://www.flickr.com/photos/historyatnih/
Exhibition Celebrates the Origins of Modern Neurobiology
The NIH honors Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the father of modern neuroscience, with an exhibit of his original neural cell illustrations. In December, seven new original Cajal drawings were mounted with 3-D prints illuminating details for display. The exhibit opened November 6, 2014, in the new Porter Neuroscience Research Center Building 35 on the NIH Bethesda campus. The exhibit opening can be viewed on YouTube at https://youtu.be/QIDUKHXqtg4
The Santiago Ramón y Cajal exhibit is located in the Porter Neuroscience Research Center atrium
Oral histories are added on a regular basis.
Interview dates: December 12-14, 2005
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A ERNST LEITZ MICROSCOPE, ONE OF SEVERAL MICROSCOPES LOCATED IN THE STETTEN MUSEUM COLLECTION