James A. Shannon buildingOFFICE OF NIH HISTORY

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.



The DeWitt Stetten Jr., Museum has a collection of objects that includes sliderules, that necessity of science before 1972.  This month our posts focus on the rules themselves and include a bit about their owner. Check our our social media posts at Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr.

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2016. Anniversaries commemorate historical milestones and raise public awareness. The NIEHS has a full year of activities and events planned to raise public awareness of environmental influences on human health and highlight improvements from environmental health research.


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. The exhibit opened on November 6, 2014, in the new Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Building 35 on the NIH Bethesda campus.The exhibition is on YouTube at https://youtu.be/QIDUKHXqtg4

Dr. Ricardo Martínez Murillo, Deputy Director of the Cajal Institute, and Jeffrey Diamond, Ph.D., NINDS, look at one drawing of the first set of seven original Cajal drawings. New drawings of neural cells have replaced the first set in our exhibit honoring Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the founder of modern neuroscience. The exhibit is located in the new Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Building 35 on the NIH Bethesda campus.

The Santiago Ramón y Cajal exhibit is located in the Porter Neuroscience Research Center atrium


Oral histories are added on a regular basis.

William Collins (NIAID)
Interview date: January 11, 2005

Richard Coppola (NIMH)
Interview date: December 11, 2002

The Office of NIH History holds photograph collections cataloged and uncataloged. Many can be found in Search Our Collections. To request images for use in publications or presentations contact the Office of NIH History. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.



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Office of History and Stetten Museum | Bldg 60 | Suite 230 | National Institutes of Health | Bethesda, MD 20814-1460
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Last updated: 01 May 2016
First published: 2 February 2005
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