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CRIS Classes Continue in Bldg. 10

Educational sessions for the Clinical Research Information System (CRIS) now under development continue Monday, Mar. 11, 1:30-3 p.m., in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. The presentations will focus on the value of technology.

CRIS will offer innovative tools to support NIH's intramural programs conducted at the Clinical Center. Eventually CRIS will replace the Medical Information System (MIS) in use at the CC since the mid-seventies.

Session presenters are Dr. John P. Glaser, vice president and chief information officer of Partners HealthCare System, Inc., in Boston, and Dr. Thomas H. Payne, medical director of Academic Medical Center Information Systems at the University of Washington, VA Puget Sound Health Care System. Glaser will discuss incentives, risks and benefits. Payne will focus on clinical and process outcomes.

"CRIS must meet the needs of NIH's intramural researchers," said Dr. Stephen Rosenfeld, chief of the CC department of clinical research informatics and head of the CRIS project management team. "These presentations and others in development will help everyone involved in clinical research better understand what CRIS can offer as we work together to craft the best system for the NIH community."

For more information, or to register for CME, call 594-DCRI or visit

Experts Speak on Brain, Body, Aging

Experts from seven institutes at NIH will share their knowledge at a free Brain Awareness Week event called "The Brain, The Body, and Aging" at the University of Maryland Shady Grove Center, Rockville. From 9:30 a.m. to noon on Monday, Mar. 11 and Friday, Mar. 15, area residents are invited to learn more about brain-related conditions like depression, vision problems and memory loss.

Refreshments will be served. Following the lectures, a free hands-on computer workshop to help seniors find health information online will be offered from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. on both days. Call 1-800-438-4380 for more information about the event, including speakers and topics.

FEW Chapter Hosts March Events

To commemorate National Nutrition Month, the Bethesda chapter of Federally Employed Women will host a talk by Dr. Susan Z. Yanovski, an expert in obesity research. She will discuss "Overweight and Obesity: Myth and Reality." She will offer tips on evaluating weight loss products and programs. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, Mar. 12, from noon to 1 p.m. in Natcher Bldg., Conf. Rm. D.

On Monday, Mar. 18, the chapter invites all to its quarterly membership dinner, which will feature a talk by Dr. Diana Apostolos-Cappadona on "The Hand of Fatima: Women and Art in Islam." Apostolos-Cappadona is a leading scholar of religious art at the Georgetown University Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. The event will be held at the Bethesda Four Points Sheraton at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $20, due no later than Mar. 14 to Yvette Porter ( Sign language interpreters will be available. For other reasonable accommodation, contact Claire McCullough at or call 435-8601.

Workshop for Women in Science

HRDD is launching the second in a series of workshops for women in science, "Giving Dynamic Presentations." The 2-day workshop is designed to equip scientists with methods for capturing and holding audience attention and speaking with confidence, poise and enthusiasm. Participants will learn through videotaped presentations, technique review and individual coaching. The workshop will be held Apr. 30-May 1, with a coaching session to follow. For more information, contact HRDD at 496-6211 or visit

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held (usually) on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — switches to Monday on Mar. 11 when Dr. Stephen Straus, director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, gives an NIH Director's Lecture on "Exploring the Scientific Basis of Complementary and Alternative Medicine."

Two days later, on Mar. 13, the series returns to its normal day and time as Dr. Steven L. McKnight discusses "Ideas on How Circadian Rhythm is Reciprocally Linked to Metabolism." He is chairman, biochemistry department, and distinguished chair in basic biomedical research, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas.

On Mar. 20, Dr. Peter Cresswell, HHMI investigator and professor, section of immunobiology, Yale University School of Medicine, will lecture on "Redox Reactions in Antigen Processing."

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

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