An Inside Look

Ever want to pick the brain of NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D.? Look no further than the NIH Director’s Blog. Dr. Collins pens multiple updates a month on topics ranging from new findings to featured researchers and NIH events. 'Read Dr. Collins blog at NIH Director's Blog Opens new window, where you can subscribe to the blog’s RSS feed, and also be sure to follow Dr. Collins on Twitter at @NIHDirector.

The Beautiful Brain

NIH’s YouTube Channel, NIHOD Opens new window, recently featured a data visualization of a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of the human brain video. Opens new window An MRI is a medical imaging procedure used to help examine the inside of the human body. This eye-catching video shows greater detail of the hippocampus, a brain region that helps you create new memories. The data visualization helps researchers map out entire brain-wide circuits, and provides a new, cool way to look at the human brain.

Medical Research 101

New research findings can be hard to understand and evaluate, especially with so many coming out so often. In addition to their 1,000 health topic pages, MedlinePlus features a dedicated resource page on evaluating medical research and findings . The info, including a list of helpful questions and a video, can help you identify trusted findings and better understand results.

A Peek into the Past

Ever wondered about important dates in NIH’s history? The NIH Almanac timeline Opens new window goes all the way back to the 1800s and includes important dates throughout NIH’s history. What happened 80 years ago this month? The National Cancer Institute Act was signed into law by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on July 23, 1937, establishing the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as part of NIH.

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