September 18, 2014
Photo: Stephen I. Katz M.D. Ph.D.
Photo: Stephen I. Katz M.D. Ph.D.

Dear Colleagues:

Has your research yielded visually intriguing and compelling scientific images of which you are especially proud? Perhaps your images or videos illustrate a specific cell or structure that has previously been difficult to visualize, or they convey a complicated scientific concept in a clear and understandable way. You may have seen that NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., has been featuring terrific imagery in his blog, including this recent entry, which highlighted skin cancer research conducted by NIAMS grantees Markus Schober, Ph.D., of New York University, and Elaine Fuchs, Ph.D., of The Rockefeller University.

The NIAMS wants to showcase the important work that you are able to do through NIAMS funding. We are requesting that you send us your scientific visuals for possible use in several projects that aim to increase the public’s appreciation for and understanding of research in diseases related to the bones, joints, muscles and skin, including:

  • NIAMS multimedia library— visuals will help illustrate NIAMS educational materials, including our website, social media channels, publicationsnews articles, and other related products
  • NIAMS traveling exhibit—multimedia materials will help us tell your stories. Our exhibit travels to conferences sponsored by health professionals and voluntary organizations throughout the United States.
  • NIH displays — images representing your research will help visitors to the NIH campus learn more about the work you do.

If you have multimedia products you would like to share, we request the following:

  • High-resolution images, suitable for printing, in jpg format.
  • Videos in HD Quicktime or MPEG-4 files are preferred.
  • A short description of your visual. The description should be written in plain language and understandable to a nonscientific audience.
  • The name of the researcher and affiliation to which the visual should be attributed.
  • The grant number under which you were working to obtain or generate the visual.
  • If previously published, the journal and issue in which your visual originally appeared, and if the visual is copyrighted.

Please send your files to

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Colleen Labbe or Richard Clark, in the NIAMS Office of Science Policy, Planning and Communications.

Thank you for your consideration, and we look forward to receiving and featuring some stunning scientific visuals!

Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D.
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
National Institutes of Health

Last Reviewed: 09/18/2014