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New Office of Dietary Supplements Web Site

The NIH Office of Dietary Supplements has opened its new Web site at The site provides comprehensive information on ODS research programs and funding opportunities offered in partnership with many IC's. Also available are news releases and announcements of ODS-sponsored events and activities, several online publications resulting from past ODS conferences, and links to a wide range of sites offering useful information on dietary supplements.

One of the more useful components of the ODS site will be access to two large databases -- International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements (IBIDS) and Computer Access to Research on Dietary Supplements (CARDS). Access to IBIDS is scheduled to be available by early fall 1998 and CARDS will come online in early 1999.

The ODS was established at NIH in November 1995 as a result of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act passed by Congress in 1994. The office explores the potential role of dietary supplements to improve health care.

Garden Club Meets, Sept. 3

Now that gardening season is coming to a close, plans for next year can begin. Some preparations can be started in the fall. At the next NIH Garden Club meeting, Gloria Berthold will speak on "Special Places and Intimate Spaces." She will give pointers on how to make your garden a special place. The meeting is Thursday, Sept. 3 at noon in Bldg. 31, Conf. Rm. 7. The meeting is open to all interested gardeners. Check the club's Web page for more information.

Symposium on Genetics of Aging

A symposium commemorating the inauguration of NIA's Laboratory of Genetics will be held Friday, Sept. 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the JHU Bayview campus, Baltimore, Asthma & Allergy Clinic Auditorium. Titled "Genetics of Aging: Advances and Trends," the symposium's roster of speakers will include Drs. R. Holliday, L. Hayflick, G. Martin, L. Guarente, G. Ruvkun, D. Burke and C. Greider. Deadline for registration is Aug. 28. For more information and to register, visit

Burmese Cultural Show, Sept. 12

The Burmese Multicultural Show, sponsored by the Burmese Association of the Capital Area, will be held in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased from Mya Hlaing (496-4611) and Annie Aung (594-2663).

Women's Health Seminar Examines Eating Disorders, Sept. 16

The 1998-1999 ORWH Women's Health Seminar Series, Women's Health Research for the 21st Century, continues at noon on Thursday, Sept. 16, in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The 2-hour seminar will focus on "Eating Disorders: Fads and Facts."

The program will open with an overview by Dr. Harold Goldstein, clinical director of the National Institute of Mental Health's Eating Disorders Program. He will examine the incidence of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder, as well as the morbidity and mortality of eating disorders.

Dr. Sarah Leibowitz, associate professor at the Rockefeller University, will explain the neurobiology of eating disorders.

Dr. Ruth H. Striegel-Moore, professor and chair of psychology at Wesleyan University, will summarize findings from studies of the epidemiology of eating disorders.

Dr. W. Stewart Agras, professor and associate chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine, will provide an overview of effective treatments.

A question-and-answer period will follow the four speakers. The series is sponsored by the Office of Research on Women's Health. For more information, call 402-1770.

Workshop on Spondylitis Research

A scientific workshop titled, "Ankylosing Spondylitis Research: HLA-B27 and Beyond" will be held Sept. 1-2 at the Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A. Dr. Joel D. Taurog, professor of internal medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, is the workshop chairman and organizer. The event is being coordinated and supported by NIAMS and the Spondylitis Association of America.

The workshop will bring together scientists from a variety of disciplines to evaluate ongoing research related to ankylosing spondylitis, stimulate ideas and methodology from disciplines that could productively be applied to AS, and identify potential new areas of research into the pathogenesis and treatment of this disorder.

Because space is limited, advance registration is required. To register, fax your name and position, affiliation, mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and email address to Reva Lawrence, 480-4543 or email it to her at

CIT Seminar Addresses Year 2000 Questions

Wondering if your PC or Mac will face problems handling the conversion from 1999 to the year 2000? Are the computer microchips embedded in your laboratory or medical equipment fully compliant with Y2K technology? And what about interfacing with outside contractors or grantees -- could their noncompliance affect you?

CIT is offering a timely seminar to address your questions: "Year 2000 Concerns for Researchers and Clinicians." The course, presented Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 9 to 11 a.m. in Bldg. 12A, Rm. B51, will help you understand the impact that Year 2000 problems could have on your research. Register online at or call 594-3278 for information.

OEO College Interns Gather

Five college students who worked in NIH's Office of Equal Opportunity were among the hundreds completing summer internships at NIH this year. Shown are (from l) Wisconsin native January Zernicke, who attends College of the Menominee Nation in Wisconsin, Yvette Velasco of California, a student at Syracuse University, Karla Nephew of New York, who attends the State University of New York at Fredonia, Eric Lester of Columbia, Md., a student at the University of Maryland School of Law, and Washington, D.C., resident Kevin Wiggins, who attends Prince George's Community College.

Get Ready for Pumpkin Chase 5K

The 7th annual Great Pumpkin Chase 5K run and 1-mile fun walk will be held Sunday, Oct. 25 at 9 a.m. Presented by the NIH Federal Credit Union and R&W Association, it will benefit the Friends of the Clinical Center. Site of the event is the National Naval Medical Center, across the pike from NIH. For more information call (301) 230-4819.

New Class in Clinical Pharmacology

A new course in "Principles of Clinical Pharmacology" will be sponsored this fall by the Clinical Center. The course is offered free of charge to anyone in the D.C. area and will meet on Thursday nights from 6:30 to 8 in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. The course schedule and registration form can be accessed on the Web either through the Clinical Center's "Medical and Scientific Education" page or directly at Classes begin Sept. 3 and end Apr. 29.

Seminar on Meditation, Medicine

A seminar on the meditative practice of Sahaja Yoga and its use in health care will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8 in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Keynote speaker is Dr. U.C. Rai, director of the International Sahaja Yoga Research and Health Center, Bombay. The seminar is free, but registration is necessary. Contact Dr. George Patrick, 496-2278. Sponsors are R&W and the CC rehabilitation medicine department.

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