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Take Your Child to Work Day

NIH's observance of "Take Your Child to Work Day" will be on Thursday, Apr. 24. There will be new activities as well as favorites from last year. The day is an opportunity not only to show your child (or grandchild) what you do at work, but also to show them more about biomedical research and what NIH does. Interestingly, last year many parents found that they learned things about NIH they hadn't known before.

There will be preregistration for those activities with space limitations. For more information, check the Web site More detailed information will be in the NIH Record and in a desk-to-desk flyer.

NIH Garden Club Is Growing

The NIH Garden Club is beginning to sprout, and will branch into two sections, one meeting after work and one meeting at noon time. This will allow more people to participate. All meetings are open to anyone interested in gardening. The next set of meetings will be: Apr. 1, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Conf. Rm. 7, Bldg. 31, and Apr. 14, 12 - 1 p.m., Conf. Rm. 8, Bldg. 31. For more information contact Karen Helfert at

Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program

The Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, NCI, is accepting applications for the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program, a 3-year program for M.D.s or holders of doctorates in a health-related field that begins in July 1998; applications are due by Sept. 1, 1997.

The program offers master of public health training during the first year at accredited universities followed by independent research opportunities within NCI in the Rockville area.

There is also a summer cancer prevention and control academic course, which is part of the fellowship program, but open to physicians and scientists interested in specialized instruction on the principles and practices of cancer prevention and control. It is held for 6 weeks beginning in July at Executive Plaza South; prior experience in epidemiology is recommended.

For more information contact Barbara Redding, 6-8640, or email


The Web address for the NIH recycling program was misprinted in the Mar. 11 issue of the NIH Record. The correct address is:

Softball Players, Teams, Umpires Wanted

The NIH R&W Freddie Harris Memorial Co-Rec Softball League is looking for players, teams and umpires for the 1997 season. The league starts in April and ends in September. For more information, leave a message at (301) 938-4343.

GWU Health Plan Day

George Washington University Health Plan will be on the NIH campus Tuesday, Apr. 1, to assist enrollees who have claims or enrollment problems or questions. A GWU plan representative will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 9. No appointment is necessary. Assistance will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Guidance Issued for Human Research Subject IRBs

The Office for Protection from Research Risks (OPRR) and FDA recently joined to issue guidance to some 5,000 institutional review boards (IRBs) nationwide that protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects. The policy statement clarifies the use of an expedited review procedure by IRBs. The statement is a step toward streamlining the review of a large number of NIH-funded clinical trials. Signing on behalf of HHS is OPRR director Dr. Gary B. Ellis (seated, l). Seated at right is the FDA signatory, Associate Commissioner for Health Affairs Stuart L. Nightingale. Looking on are OPRR deputy director Capt. Melody Lin and FDA Associate Director for Human Subject Protection Paul W. Goebel.

Kaiser Plan Service Day

Kaiser Permanente Health Plan will be on the NIH campus Thursday, Mar. 27 to assist plan enrollees who have claims or enrollment problems or questions. A plan representative will be available from 9 a.m. to noon in Bldg. 45, Conf. Rm. C. No appointment is necessary. Assistance will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Golf Tourney Benefits Kids, Patients

The fourth annual Jeff Bostic Celebrity Golf Tournament will be held Monday, Apr. 21 at Lansdowne Resort near Leesburg, Va. Beneficiaries are Special Love, Inc., which puts on Camp Fantastic (a summer camp for kids -- many of them from NIH -- with cancer), and the Friends of the Clinical Center, which provides emergency financial aid to CC patients and their families. For more information call (301) 340-5775.

New Expert Panel Report

NHLBI director Dr. Claude Lenfant (top l) congratulates the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Asthma Guidelines Team for its outstanding work on the new Expert Panel Report: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma. The team, with representatives from NHLBI's Office of Prevention, Education, and Control and Division of Lung Diseases, includes (top, from l) Ted Buxton, Virginia Taggart, Ellen Sommer, and (bottom, from l) Michele Hindi-Alexander, and Rob Fulwood. The report, which updates the 1991 guidelines, was released at an American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology meeting in San Francisco recently. It includes new recommendations on such issues as using asthma medications, reducing exposure to asthma triggers, and possibly preventing onset of asthma and its risk factors.

Softball Players Needed

The NIH R&W Men's Softball League is looking for additional players for the upcoming season. The softball season runs from April until August and includes both a regular season and playoffs. Games are played weekday evenings at a field close to NIH. The current entry fee is about $15 per player and is less than $1 per player per game. Compared to county softball leagues, this is a real bargain. Current teams are looking for individual players. Prospective players should contact Frank Nice, 6-1561, for more details.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series -- held (usually) on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 -- features Dr. Osamu Hayaishi, director, Osaka Bioscience Institute, Japan, and adjunct professor, Karolinska Institutet, on Apr. 2. His talk, the 10th Paul Ehrlich Lecture, will be on "Secrets of Sleep: Molecular Mechanisms of Sleep-Wake Recognition."

A special Monday lecture in the series will be held Apr. 7 at 3 p.m. in Masur when Dr. Jacques Pouysségur, CNRS research director at the Universite de Nice, addresses "Growth Factor Signaling via MAP Kinases: Specificity and Spatiotemporal Action."

On Apr. 9, Dr. Judith Kimble, professor in the departments of medical genetics and biochemistry, and HHMI investigator at the University of Wisconsin, will present "Regulation of Cell Fate in the Germ Line of the Nematode Caenorhabditis Elegans."

The following day, Apr. 10, there will be a special Thursday lecture in the series by Dr. Harald von Boehmer, professor of immunology, Descartes University, on "Lymphocyte Survival." Also held at 3 p.m. in Masur, this is the R.E. Dyer Lecture.

For more information or for reasonable accommodation, call Hilda Madine, 4-5595.

The African Burial Ground

The African Burial Ground in New York City contains the remains of more than 400 African slaves. Where did the slaves come from and why were they in New York City? What biological and cultural transformations took place then that can now be studied? Are health issues or defects evident from the bones? Dr. Michael L. Blakey (l), associate professor of anthropology and anatomy, and director of the African Burial Ground Project at Howard University, will answer these and other questions at an hour-long seminar on Thursday, Mar. 27 at 12:30 p.m. in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 6. All employees are invited. For more information, call O.H. Laster, 6-6302.
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