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Lupus Researchers To Meet, Sept. 5-6

Current status and future directions for systemic lupus erythematosus research will be discussed at the Sept. 5-6 conference, "Lupus Today: Research Into Action" at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. The conference is sponsored by the Office of Research on Women's Health, the Office on Women's Health at HHS, and the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Eleven HHS components and 8 voluntary organizations are co-sponsoring the meeting.

The meeting will highlight key research accomplishments and what they may represent for the current and future management of lupus. National leaders in lupus research have been invited to discuss the latest scientific discoveries that are opening up new avenues for diagnosis and treatment. In addition, the agenda will include a panel discussion on patient participation in lupus studies and how patients and patient advocacy organizations view lupus research today. Another panel will focus on future lupus clinical trial opportunities and barriers from both the private and public health perspectives.

To register and to view the updated agenda, visit www4.od.nih.gov/orwh/lupusregistration.pdf.

Principles of Clinical Pharmacology Course

The Principles of Clinical Pharmacology course, sponsored by the Clinical Center, will begin in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10 on Sept. 4. The course will be held Thursdays from 6:30 to approximately 7:45 p.m. and will run through Apr. 22, 2004.

The course covers topics such as pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism and transport, assessment of drug effects, drug therapy in special populations and drug discovery and development. An outstanding faculty has been assembled to present the lectures including Dr. Carl Peck of Georgetown University's Center for Drug Development Science, Dr. Jerry Collins of the Food and Drug Administration and the Clinical Center's Dr. Arthur J. Atkinson, Jr., who is also the course director. The faculty has also prepared a textbook, Principles of Clinical Pharmacology, that follows the sequence of the course lectures and is available in the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences, Inc. bookstore located in Bldg. 10. The textbook is also available from Amazon.com.

This is the sixth year that the course is being offered. Registration is open to all interested persons free of charge. Certificates will be awarded at the end of the course to students who attend 75 percent of the lectures. More information, including online registration, is available at http://www.cc.nih.gov/ccc/principles/.

NIH at Black Family Reunion

The National Institutes of Health will be represented at the 18th annual Black Family Reunion celebration Sept. 6-7 on the Washington Monument grounds. The National Council of Negro Women event is one of the oldest and best-known gatherings of African American families, attracting more than 500,000 people. As part of its outreach efforts to address health disparities, NIH will participate by disseminating health care information, providing health screenings and publicizing research protocols. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. For more information, contact the cochairs of the planning committee, Joan Lee, NEI, 496-8990, Levon Parker, NINDS, 496-5332 or Michael Chew, OEODM/NCCAM, 402-3681.

Tae Kwon Do Beginner's Class

The NIH Tae Kwon Do School is offering a beginner's class for adults and mature teens starting Sept. 15. 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 http://www.recgov.org/r&w/nihtaekwondo.html.

Sons of Italy Invite New Members

The NIH Lodge # 2547 of Order Sons of Italy in America invites new members from the NIH community to join OSIA, especially in time for the group's celebration of its 20th anniversary at NIH. A gala evening is planned on Friday, Oct. 24 to mark the anniversary with music, food and dancing. To learn more about the group contact Cathy Battistone, president (NCI), who can be reached via email through the global directory.

Do You Enjoy Singing?

The NIH Chamber Singers need men and women in all voice ranges to round out its merry band of troubadours. In September, the group will begin rehearsing for its fall/winter concert for NIH employees and patients. If you are interested in joining the Singers, contact Susan Hauser at hauser@nlm.nih.gov for details.


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