STEP Forum on Humor, Healing
The staff training in extramural programs (STEP)
committee will present a Science for All forum on
the topic “Humor and Healing: Laughing for Health
and Well-Being,” on Tuesday, Apr. 5, from 12:30 to
3:30 p.m. in Natcher Bldg., Rms. E1/E2.
Everyone has heard “laughter is the best
medicine” and now there is scientific evidence
to support it. For example, mirthful laughter can
improve blood flow, acting like “internal jogging.”
This reduces stress, boosts human growth
hormone and the immune system. In addition,
cancer patients whose treatments include laughter
therapy report reduced pain and more rapid return
to regular activities at home. Come out of your
office and laugh out loud with us. We’ll teach you
the physiology of laughter and how it can work
in medical treatment and everyday life. You’ll
experience your own laughter therapy and still call
it “work.” LOL.
Lasker Scholars Symposium, Mar. 31
The NIH-Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Symposium
will be held Thursday, Mar. 31 from 9 a.m.
to 12:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The
symposium celebrates a new partnership between
NIH and the Lasker Foundation: the Lasker Clinical
Research Scholars program, an intramural-extramural
partnership to nurture the next generation
of clinical researchers (www.nih.gov/science/
laskerscholar/). The presenters at the symposium
include several physician-scientists who will discuss
their own clinical research successes: Daniel
Kastner (NHGRI), W. Marston Linehan (NCI), Charles
Sawyers (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center)
and Christine Seidman (Harvard Medical School).
OppNet Hosts Symposium on Amygdala,
Emotion, Mar. 25 in Lipsett
NIH’s Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity
Network (OppNet) announces its second
symposium in a series highlighting human and
model animal research in the basic behavioral and
social sciences. “The Amygdala and Emotion in
Human and Nonhuman Primates” is scheduled for
Friday, Mar. 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater,
Bldg. 10. The symposium will feature Dr.
Elisabeth Murray, chief of the section on the neurobiology
of learning & memory in the Laboratory of
Neuropsychology, NIMH, and Dr. Ellen Leibenluft,
chief of the section on bipolar spectrum disorders
in the Emotion and Development Branch, NIMH.
Dr. Richard Nakamura, NIMH scientific director, will
moderate the symposium.
Videocasting and sign language will be provided.
Individuals who need reasonable accommodation
to attend should contact Angela Farris (301)
402-1146 or the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-
8339. For more information about OppNet, visit
NCI Group Holds Retreat, Apr. 11
The 7th annual Center for Cancer Research and
Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics
staff scientist/staff clinician retreat will be held on
Monday, Apr. 11, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Natcher
Bldg. The event offers opportunities to network,
exchange ideas, present research and learn. Two
keynote speakers will be featured: Dr. Ron Evans
of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Dr.
Christopher Loffredo of Georgetown University. The
agenda also includes career development topics,
poster sessions, “topic” lunches and workshops.
Attendees should register by Apr. 1 at http://websandbox.ncifcrf.gov/events/clinicianretreat/2011/
‘Safety by Design’ Symposium Set, Apr. 4-6
The Division of Occupational Health and Safety,
ORS, will present a “Safety by Design” symposium
Apr. 4-6 in the Natcher Conference Center with the
purpose of promoting a culture of safe and responsible
science in the conduct of research involving
high-risk pathogens. The symposium, titled “A 33-
Year Legacy: The NIH Laboratory Safety Monograph
Revisited,” will focus on advances in the discipline
of biosafety occurring since the 1978 NCI publication
of the monograph as a supplement to the NIH
Guidelines for Recombinant DNA Research.
Symposium sessions will address laboratory
practices, containment equipment and laboratory
design and highlight emerging national issues such
as biosecurity, dual-use research and changing
roles and responsibilities.
Keynote speakers include Dr. Carol Linden, principal
deputy director, Biomedical Advanced Research
and Development Authority, Office of the Assistant
Secretary for Preparedness and Response, HHS; Dr.
Rita Colwell, chairman of Canon U.S. Life Sciences
and distinguished university professor, University
of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University
Bloomberg School of Public Health; and Dr. Arturo
Casadevall, professor and chair of the department
of microbiology and immunology, Albert Einstein
College of Medicine.
For more information and to register, visit www.provenpractices.com/symposium.html.
Only Dogs & Cats Make Great Pets? Hogwash!
Since she was 14 years old and became a vegetarian, NIAID’s Julie Marquardt had been threatening to save a pig from the county fair. Last summer, she made the dream a reality when she entered a 4-H bidding war at the Calvert County fair and won. This particular 215-pound prize—whom she named Hay-Seus—won her over instantly with his big personality and wagging tail. “He obviously loved life—he needed to keep living it,” she explains. Now over 250 pounds, Hay-Seus recently celebrated his first birthday. He lives on a farm outside of Annapolis, where his three best friends are cows (and Marquardt, of course).
Mitochondrial Biology Symposium, May 16-17
The 2011 NHLBI Mitochondrial Biology Symposium: Advances in Mitochondrial
Dynamics and Mitochondrial-Cytosolic Communications will be held May 16-17
at the Natcher Conference Center.
The second in a biennial series of mitochondrial biology symposia hosted by
NHLBI, it will include scientific sessions on mitochondrial dynamics and autophagy—
from basic concepts to disease pathophysiology; and mitochondrial
communication with the cytosol—fundamental concepts and role in pathophysiology.
Keynote speaker will be Dr. Douglas C. Wallace, chair in pediatric
mitochondrial medicine and metabolic disease and director of the Center for
Mitochondrial and Epigenomic Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Submit your abstract online by Apr. 8; registration deadline is Apr. 29 at www.
NHLBIMitochondrialSymposia.org and is free. For more information contact
Elizabeth Meyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the NIH-HHS Mentoring Program
NIH wants you to join the HHS Mentoring Program. Federal employees interested
in serving as mentors and mentees across the NIH community are invited
to join the NIH April 2011 cohort. “Partnering for Excellence” through building
a confidential, interactive relationship is the cornerstone of the program. It
emphasizes developing core, leadership and management competencies at various
levels to ensure a beneficial experience for both mentors and mentees.
Program features include: peer-to-peer and senior-to-junior relationships;
online application and matching system to connect individuals; online mentormentee
orientation; 1-year mentoring relationship commitment; and professional
development events and activities.
The Mentoring Program does not supplant NIH scientific mentoring and customized
IC leadership mentoring programs available to employees in some
institutes and centers. Instead, it is intended to fill any gaps where those programs
do not exist and enables NIH-wide or even across-HHS relationships.
Visit the NIH-HHS Mentoring Program site at http://trainingcenter.nih.gov/
HHS_Mentoring.html. For more information, send email to nihhhsmentoringprog@od.NIH.gov.