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Lance Armstrong To Visit NIH

Lance Armstrong and members of the Tour of Hope — a monumental week-long, 3,200 mile cycling journey across the country — will make a special stop at NIH on Friday, Oct. 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The goal of the tour, sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb, is to raise awareness of the importance of cancer research and participation in clinical trials. During the ride, the team of cyclists will be encouraging Americans to sign the cancer promise, a personal commitment to learn more about cancer and to recognize the value of research on the disease.

Speakers at the NIH event will include NCI director Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach, Clinical Center director Dr. John Gallin, Armstrong, and Peter Scacheri, an NHGRI scientist who is participating in memory of a friend.

Other cyclists participating in the Tour of Hope's 26-member squad are cancer survivors, caregivers, physicians, nurses and researchers. Armstrong will join the team along parts of the tour, which began in Los Angeles on Oct. 11 and concludes in Washington, D.C., the day after its visit at NIH. The Oct. 17 event is open to all staff and patients in the NIH community.

To learn more about the tour, go to

'Foil the Flu' 2003 Coming Soon

The annual "Foil the Flu" influenza vaccine program sponsored by the Occupational Medical Service, Office of Research Services, will start Tuesday, Nov. 4. A full schedule will appear in the next issue of the Record and is currently available on the web site

Insel, Hodes Present 'Dialogue' at NIA Council Meeting

White men over 65 committed suicide eight times more frequently than white women the same age in 2000, Dr. Thomas Insel (l), director of the National Institute on Mental Health told the National Institute on Aging's national advisory council on Sept. 24. His presentation was part of a dialogue with Dr. Richard Hodes (r), NIA director, who has spoken to NIMH staff about areas of mutual interest. Reducing suicide is of particular importance to NIA because older men have the highest suicide rates compared to all other groups and are least likely to use mental health care services. Recently, NIA, NIMH, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Cancer Institute invited grant applications for interdisciplinary research that will help develop strategies to reduce suicide ( The program announcement is in line with the "Roadmap for Medical Research" set out by NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni.

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 — features Dr. Andrew Z. Fire on Oct. 22, giving the DeWitt Stetten, Jr., Lecture on the topic, "RNA-Triggered Genetic Silencing Mechanisms." (See story.)

On Oct. 29, Dr. John R. McNeill will give the NIH Director's Cultural Lecture on the topic, "Environment and Society Since 1900: A Global Perspective." He is professor of history and faculty member of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.

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

Campers Visit Redskins

R&W recently joined forces with Channel 4's Camp 4 Kids program and assisted with a day for patients and Special Love Inc. campers at Redskin Park. It was a private practice, complete with a pizza party and ice cream party for the players and children after the workout. Joining massive Redskins tackle Chris Samuels are (above, from l) a camper from Camp Jaycee, Larry Chloupek of NCI and Justin Horner a camper from Special Love. At right, Horner gets friendly with Redskins starting quarterback Patrick Ramsey. Below, Redskins backup quarterback Gibran Hamdan is shown with Matthew Scott of Special Love. NCI's Chloupek, who serves on the board of the R&W Foundation and Special Love, coached Hamdan in junior varsity baseball at Churchill High School in Potomac.

BIG Hosts Dietitian Davis, Oct. 15

The NIH chapter of Blacks In Government will present a special lecturer, Brenda Davis, registered dietitian/nutritionist, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15 in Bldg. 50, Rm. 1227. Davis is a leader in her field and an internationally acclaimed speaker. She is a past chair of the vegetarian nutrition dietetic practice group of the American Dietetic Association, and is the author of five books, including the newly released Defeating Diabetes. She will speak about how to defeat diabetes, constructing the optimal diet, vegetarian nutrition, "big fat lies," dairy-free diets, and nutrition myths. For more information, contact Alfreda Layne at 435-6262 or Jacque Ballard, 435-3795.

Meeting of Systems Biology Group

The newly formed Systems Biology Interest Group (SysBioSIG) is holding an educational and training retreat at Airlie House in Warrenton, Va., Nov. 7-9. More than a dozen leading extramural scientists active in this emerging field will speak, including Leroy Hood, Alex Mogilner, Bernard Palsson, Roger Brent, Leslie Lowe and others, giving their views of what the term "systems biology" means, what the major questions in the field are, how these questions can be approached experimentally and computationally, and what training and support infrastructure are needed to allow the field to develop its full potential.

Members of the NIH extramural staff will also address the group and SysBioSIG members attending the meeting will discuss future activities of the group.

If you are interested in attending, and especially if you wish to present a poster, contact Victor Pollara at 402-1620, email or Kevin Lauderdale, 451-6446, email Preference will be given to those who register early and who contribute posters to the meeting. To learn more about the retreat and to join SysBioSIG, visit

Theater Performances Benefit PEF

The Bethesda Little Theater, an R&W-sponsored program, recently donated $4,000 in earnings from their performances to the Patient Emergency Fund (PEF). On hand at the presentation were (from l) Leslie McIntire; Mary L. Graham; Adrienne Farrar, chief of the Clinical Center's social work department, which manages the PEF; Alice Smyth; and Teddie Pensinger.

Parklawn Classic Set, Oct. 17

The 28th annual Parklawn Classic will be held on Friday, Oct. 17, after having been postponed last April due to security concerns; the event will again be held in April in 2004. The Classic is the oldest and largest continuously run government-sponsored race in the country.

Included as part of the event is a 5-mile run and 2.5-mile health walk. The walk is free, and can be entered the day of the event, but the run requires a fee of $10 if paid by Oct. 15 and $20 if paid on the 16th; no race-day registration is available for the run. The footrace will start at 10 a.m. at the Parklawn complex and the walk begins at 11 a.m.

For more information and to register, call the race hotline at 443-5350 (TTY 443-0530) or visit NIH'ers can register at the R&W activities desk in Bldg. 31, Rm. B1W30.

Meeting on Biological Therapy of Cancer

The International Society for Biological Therapy of Cancer will hold its 18th annual meeting Oct. 30-Nov. 2 at the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda, with a special cancer biometrics workshop to be held in Bldg. 10's Masur Auditorium on Oct. 30. Meeting topics include natural killer cells and innate immunity, dendritic cells and vaccines, adoptive immunotherapy and others. The society was founded in 1984 and now has more than 475 members. For more information, visit

Film Festival Is Success

Two and a half-year-old India Street, daughter of Candace Street from Special Love, Inc., samples some goodies at a party before a screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at the recent 7th annual free Outdoor Film Festival. More than 55,000 people attended the 10-night event sponsored by Comcast, Oldies 100.3, and R&W. At right, Nick Newlin, better known as the "Strathmore Muse" entertains before a screening. At bottom, crowds assemble in lawn chairs and vendors man their booths as night falls on the Strathmore Hall grounds, where the film festival relocated from its pre-9/11 NIH site. This year's festival featured an impromptu wedding engagement held onstage prior to a movie as well as a contribution of $5,000 to NIH charities by Dr. Ben Manesch, who made a presentation "just because he feels lucky to be in America," said R&W President Randy Schools. "He came from Iran, entered Montgomery College, then went to the University of Maryland, then on to UM Dental School. He said this would never have occurred in his birthplace, and in honor of his success he made the gift."

OSIA Lodge Marks 20th Year

The Order Sons of Italy in America's NIH Lodge # 2547 will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Friday, Oct. 24 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 9707 Rosensteel Ave., Silver Spring. Price is $25 for an evening of music, hors d'oeuvres and open bar. Playing dance music will be Kirt Vener's "Dixieland Express Band." To reserve a ticket, contact Nina Baccanari, (301) 869-4045 or Carol Humphreys-O'Keefe, (301) 353-0742.

Camp Funshine Collects Theater Proceeds

The Bethesda Little Theater, an R&W-sponsored program, recently gave a donation from their performances to Camp Funshine. On hand at the check presentation were (from l) Leslie McIntire; Mary L. Graham; camp representative Dave Smith; NCI's Dr. Lauren Wood, who assists at the camp for children undergoing treatment for AIDS; Alice Smyth; and Teddie Pensinger.

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