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Course on 'Demystifying Medicine' Starts

A weekly course titled "Demystifying Medicine" begins Jan. 7 and continues through May 27. It is primarily for Ph.D. students, postdoctoral fellows and staff. Physicians and other students are also welcome to participate.

Building on a similar class last year, the goal is to help bridge the ever-widening gap between advances in basic science and their application to human disease. The course is designed to "demystify medicine" for basic scientists through clinical presentations of patients, pathology and relevant diagnostic and therapeutic advances.

There is no fee, but registration is requested to avoid overcrowding. All sessions are held from 4 to 6 p.m. on either Tuesdays or Thursdays in the ground floor auditorium, Bldg. 50. The winter segment of the schedule is as follows:

Jan. 7, Hepatitis C: The Virus and Epidemic Chronic Liver Disease and Cancer, by Drs. Harvey Alter and Jake Liang.

Jan. 14, HIV/AIDS: The Virus, Disease and Therapeutic Advances, by Drs. Cliff Lane and John Coffin.

Jan. 23, Hospital-acquired Infections: Mechanisms and Vaccines, by Drs. David Henderson and John Robbins.

Jan. 30, Hepatocellular Cancer: Disease, Detection, Mechanisms and Treatment, by Drs. Win Arias and Curtis Harris.

Feb. 4, Multiple Sclerosis and Other Demyelinating Diseases, by Dr. Henry McFarland and colleagues.

Feb. 13, Parkinson's Disease: Disease, Genetics and Mechanism, by Drs. Mark Hallett and John Hardy.

Feb. 20, Aging: Patients, Cells and Mechanisms, by Drs. Richard Hodes and Fred Dice (Tufts University).

Feb. 27, Atherosclerosis: Coronary Artery Disease, Stroke, by Drs. Toren Finkel and Steven Warach.

For registration or more information, email Dr. Win Arias at

Tae Kwon Do Beginner's Class

The NIH Tae Kwon Do School is offering a beginner's class for adults and mature teens starting Jan. 27. The curriculum combines traditional striking arts, forms and sparring with emphasis on self-defense. No experience is necessary. Class will meet in the Malone Center (Bldg. 31C, B4 level, next to the NIH Fitness Center) from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and will continue for about 2 months until participants can be integrated into the regular school training. Dues are $40 per quarter and a uniform costs $30. Interested persons are welcome to watch regular training sessions. For information call Andrew Schwartz, 402-5197 or visit

Sons of Italy Offer Cookbook

The NIH Lodge, Order Sons of Italy in America #2547 has recently published a cookbook. It has many great recipes and would be a fine addition to any kitchen. Copies can be obtained for $12 each or 10 for $100. If interested call Nina Baccanari at (301) 869-4045 or Cathy Battistone at (301) 320-4529. The OSIA Lodge at NIH was chartered in October 1983 and plans to celebrate its 20-year anniversary sometime during 2003.

NIH Library's Classes Begin Jan. 9

Get a jump-start on your New Year's resolution to be more organized by taking one of the NIH Library's classes such as EndNote or Reference Manager. Learn to create and manage your own searchable bibliographic databases. Free, hands-on classes covering 12 topics are offered in the Library Training Rm., Bldg. 10. For more information, call 496-1080 or visit the library's training page at

CRIS Demos Slated for January

CRIS — the Clinical Research Information System — is a $60 million project that will tie together and support patient care, research and management at the Clinical Center and the Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center. Work has begun on the largest component of CRIS, the core that will replace and expand the 25-year-old MIS (medical information system).

Want to know more about the capabilities of this core system? Stop by the Clinical Center Visitor Information Center 2-4 p.m. on Jan. 14, 23 or 27 for hands-on demonstrations.

Dr. Stephen Rosenfeld, CRIS project manager, talked about the project in a recent Grand Rounds presentation that is now online at Go to "Past Events, Clinical Center Grand Rounds." For more information about CRIS, go to

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series &$151; held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. Susan Gottesman on Jan. 15, giving the annual NIH Director's R.E. Dyer Lecture on "Biological Circuits with Small RNA Switches" (see story04).

On Jan. 22, Dr. Carol W. Greider, professor and acting director, department of molecular biology and genetics, Johns Hopkins University, will discuss, "Telomerase and the Consequences of Telomere Dysfunction."

For more information or for reasonable accommodation, call Hilda Madine, 594-5595.

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