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Korach To Lecture, Feb. 6

The women's health special interest group will host Dr. Kenneth S. Korach on Friday, Feb. 6, speaking on the topic, "Evaluating Differential Estrogen Receptor Activities Using Knock Out Mouse Models." The talk will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. Korach is program director, environmental disease medicine program, and chief, Laboratory of Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology, NIEHS.

STEP Forum on Evaluating Programs

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee is holding an Administrative Strategies forum on the topic, "What Works: Evaluating NIH Programs," on Tuesday, Feb. 3 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Natcher Conference Center, Rms. E1 and E2.

With the ever-growing emphasis on performance-based government, we need to know how to evaluate NIH investments in extramural research. What is the state of the art in conducting reliable evaluations, both quantitative and qualitative, and what methods are best applied to each evaluation problem? What assessment strategies should we incorporate at a program's inception to guide future decisions? How do we currently evaluate ongoing programs and new initiatives to determine if they accomplish what they set out to do?

This STEP forum explores evaluation theory and practice and presents recent examples ranging from specific NIH program initiatives to the broader impacts of NIH-sponsored research.

Duke, Pitt Training in Clinical Research

The Clinical Center's Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education offers two opportunities for training in collaboration with Duke University and the University of Pittsburgh.

The NIH-Duke Training Program in Clinical Research, implemented in 1998, is designed primarily for physicians and dentists who desire formal training in the quantitative and methodological principles of clinical research. The program, offered via videoconference at the CC, offers formal courses in research design, research management and statistical analysis.

Academic credit earned by participating in this program may be applied toward satisfying the degree requirement for a master of health sciences in clinical research from Duke School of Medicine. For more information, visit or email The deadline for applying is Mar. 1, 2004.

The University of Pittsburgh Training in Clinical Research Program is designed for Ph.D.'s and allied health professionals and consists of a curriculum taught over three semesters starting with an intensive 8-week summer session. NIH trainees are only required to spend the first 5 days of the summer session in residence at the University of Pittsburgh. Physicians and dentists are also eligible to matriculate in this program.

For more information, including tuition costs, visit or email The deadline for applying is Mar. 1, 2004. Prospective participants should consult with their NIH institute or center regarding the official training nomination procedure.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features the Margaret Pittman Lecture given by Dr. Leena Peltonen on Jan. 28; her topic is "Story of My Roots: Disease Mutations of a Population." See story on p. 1.

On Feb. 4, Dr. Andrew J. McMichael will lecture on "Immune Control of HIV: Virus Variability and Vaccine Design." He is director, Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, professor of molecular medicine, John Radcliffe Hospital, head molecular sciences division, Nuffield department of clinical medicine, Oxford.

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

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