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The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

September 13, 2011

As part of his extensive medical training, Dr. Geoffrey Mountvarner completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), education he has utilized throughout his career and in his current position. As the Chief of Emergency Medicine and Interim Chairman of Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C., Dr. Mountvarner oversees numerous cases related to bone, muscle, and skin biology.

Part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), NIAMS supports research in its areas of interest and trains scientists to engage in investigator-initiated research to determine causes of and effective treatments for arthritis, musculoskeletal diseases, and skin maladies. Prevention and the improvement of public health remain the ultimate goals of the organization. Long-range goals include ensuring that research propels the institute’s progress and adapting to the rapidly changing landscape in biomedical research. Meanwhile, as the studies continue, NIAMS disseminates the findings to the research community and public.

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NIAMS partnered with the NIH Office of Science Education to create Looking Good, Feeling Good: From the Inside Out (Exploring Bone, Muscle, and Skin), a supplemental curriculum for 6th through 8th grade students. In addition to enlightening students on how the bone, muscle, and skin systems relate to health, the lessons highlight the scientific research of NIAMS. The institute also has adopted Woodrow Wilson High School and joins the Academy of Biosciences and Medicine at Wheaton High School in Maryland in outreach activities. NIAMS participates in events at the two schools, such as career days and science fairs, and provides speakers for seminars at lunchtime.

Along with NIH researchers from other institutes, NIAMS scientists serve on focused committees that coordinate efforts across NIH and other organizations, providing a forum for exchanging information. Such groups include the Muscular Dystrophy Coordinating Committee, the Federal Working Group on Bone Diseases, and the Lupus Federal Working Group. The arrangement allows NIAMS and other government agencies to learn of the latest scientific developments and opportunities in a particular field of research. Just as NIAMS educated Dr. Geoffrey Mountvarner 15 years ago, the institute continues to delve into the mysteries of the human body and share that information for the advancement of public health.

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