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Vol. LVII, No. 14
July 15, 2005
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Maddox To Give Diggs Lecture, July 21

The 10th annual John W. Diggs Lecture will be held Thursday, July 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Yvonne Maddox, deputy director, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Her topic is "Transforming NIH in an Age of Translational Sciences." Opening remarks will be given by NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Potter To Give Cancer Prevention Talk, July 28

Dr. John D. Potter will be the keynote speaker at the annual Advances in Cancer Prevention Lecture to be held Thursday, July 28 at 3 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A. The title of his talk is "What We Know and Don't Know About Colorectal Neoplasia."

Potter is senior vice president and director of the division of public health sciences, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle.

The lecture is sponsored by the Office of Preventive Oncology, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute. Continuing Medical Education credit is available.

Pilot Child Care Subsidy Program

In May, NIH announced the start of a new child care subsidy program designed to assist lower income federal employees. The Office of Research Services' Division of Employee Services is overseeing a 3-year pilot program to provide monthly tuition assistance for child care expenses based on family income and actual cost of child care. Annual total adjusted gross income may not exceed $60,000.

The tuition subsidy can be used at any licensed child care program, including registered family child care homes and child care centers.

Employees who are interested in program qualifications and application information should visit the ORS child care web site at http://does.ors.od.nih.gov or contact the child care programs office at (301) 402-8180.

National Meeting on Cancer, Immunotherapy

On Sept. 22-23, the NCI Center for Cancer Research will sponsor a national meeting in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, on "Translational Immunology Related to Cancer." The meeting will host leaders in the field of cancer immunotherapy, and will also highlight the Center of Excellence in Immunology at the CCR. The conference will focus on novel immunotherapy strategies for the prevention and/or treatment of a range of human cancers. Topics will include the innovative uses of monoclonal antibodies, cytokines, cell-based therapies, vaccines and transplantation in the prevention and therapy of human cancers. There will be no registration fee; all investigators working in the field are encouraged to register at http://web.ncifcrf.gov/campus/calendar/ and submit abstracts by July 30 for poster presentations. The web site also contains the list of sessions and speakers. For more information, contact Carlei O'Neal at carleioneal@adelphia.net or (301) 846-6333.

NIH Sailing Association Open House

The NIH Sailing Association invites everyone to its open house on Saturday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Neff Marina located on Selby Bay, Mayo, Md. Would you like to learn to sail? Does the idea of racing sailboats appeal to you? Can you imagine being part of a group filled with skilled sailing instructors, enthusiasts and boat owners? Membership includes instruction, sailboats for charter, racing, cruises, parties and fun. Admission is $5 at the door and includes food and boat rides. For more information and directions, visit www.recgov.org/sail or www.selbybay.com.

Does Your NIH Badge Work?

Your NIH ID badge functions as your "key" to the NIH campus for such things as building access, library services and eventually the perimeter security system. It is important that employees and contractors wear their NIH ID badges at all times and make sure the badge is valid — up to date and working properly.

To confirm that your badge is valid, self-service badge validation stations will be set up in the following building lobbies beginning in July:

Bldg. 31A
Bldg. 45
Clinical Center (Old Admissions Desk)
Twinbrook II, 12441 Parklawn Drive
6130 Executive Blvd.

Badge validation is easy and only takes a few seconds. Simply wave your badge in front of the card reader at the validation station. A solid green light means your badge is valid and fully functional. A red or flashing light means your badge is not working properly and needs to be reissued.

If your badge needs to be reissued, contact your supervisor or administrative officer, who will begin the process for a new badge. Written instructions will also be provided at the badge validation stations.

Watch for future notices about NIH security in NIH publications, global emails and at http://www.security.nih.gov. Still have questions? Contact the ORS Information Line at orsinfo@mail.nih.gov or (301) 594-6677, TTY (301) 435-1908.

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. 1. The course will be held Thursday evenings from 6:30 to approximately 7:45 and will run through Apr. 27, 2006. "Many medical schools don't offer formal courses in clinical pharmacology," said Dr. John Gallin, director of the Clinical Center. "This program covers what researchers need to know concerning the clinical pharmacologic aspects of drug development and use."

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 the University of California at San Francisco's Center for Drug Development Science, Dr. Janet Woodcock 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 eighth 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 about the course, including online registration, is available at http://www.cc.nih.gov/researchers/training/principles.shtml or by calling (301) 435-6618.

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