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Vol. LVIII, No. 11
June 2, 2006

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NIH To Mark 25 Years of AIDS Research

The Office of AIDS Research and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases invite employees, patients, families and friends to a 2-hour event commemorating 25 years of AIDS research at NIH. The event will take place Monday, June 5, from 10 a.m. to noon in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

The first cases of what is now known as AIDS were reported on June 5, 1981, in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, published by the CDC. The commemorative event will highlight the history of AIDS and NIH's research contributions from a variety of perspectives.

Featured speakers include NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni; OAR director Dr. Jack Whitescarver; NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci; OAR director of clinical research and minority programs Dr. Victoria Cargill-Swiren; and Vaccine Research Center director Dr. Gary Nabel. Guest speakers include: UNAIDS executive director Dr. Peter Piot, NBC News chief science and health correspondent Robert Bazell and Yvonne Green, a clinical trials participant. As a gift to the NIH community, Swedish filmmaker Staffan Hildebrand of the Face of AIDS Project in Stockholm will premiere his documentary, America and AIDS — A 25-Year Perspective, which includes interviews with numerous scientists, activists and people living with AIDS.

Several exhibits providing information about NIH AIDS research and resources will be displayed in the Clinical Center during the week of June 5, including an exhibit of artwork by children who participated in NCI pediatric clinical trials. In addition, panels of the AIDS Quilt that include a connection to NIH will be displayed in the auditorium during the event. More information will be posted on the NIH web site soon, and the proceedings will be videocast.

Genomics, Cancer Are Theme of GM Conference

Some of the world's foremost researchers will present their latest findings on genomics and cancer at this year's General Motors Cancer Research Awards annual scientific conference, June 12-13. NIH investigators and staff are invited to attend the conference, which starts at 9 a.m., June 12, in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Additionally, a special edition of the Wednesday Afternoon Lecture will take place Tuesday, June 13, at 1 p.m., and will feature a presentation by the winner of the 2006 General Motors Cancer Research Award.

To obtain a copy of the conference agenda, visit For more information about the program, contact Mary Ruemker at (919) 684-4056 or email Sign language interpreters will be provided. For other reasonable accommodation, phone (301) 496-1776 or email

Get Your NIH Record T-Shirt

Through the generosity of the R&W, its stores are now carrying a limited supply of official NIH Record T-shirts. The collector's item shirts feature drawings by cartoonist Richard Thompson, whose work appears regularly in the Washington Post. Be the first on the beach, boardwalk or boulevard this summer to be sporting a sign of your NIH affiliation. A second printing of the shirts, which cost only $7.90 each, may be possible if the garments prove popular. Get yours today.

Symposium on Genomics of Critical Illness, Injury

The fourth symposium on the "Functional Genomics of Critical Illness and Injury — Surviving Stress: From Organ Systems to Molecules," will be held Nov. 13-14 at the Natcher conference center, sponsored by NIGMS and the Clinical Center's critical care medicine department. There will be five scientific sessions. Abstracts are due by Sept. 8. For more information and to register, visit

Salutaris 'Noons-in-June' 10th Anniversary

This year, the NIH Salutaris employee group will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Noons-in-June lecture series by welcoming Dr. John Corvino and author Rob Weiss.

Corvino teaches philosophy at Wayne State University in Detroit, where he specializes in ethics. He will discuss "Homosexuality, Morality and Diversity," on Monday, June 12 from 10 to 11 a.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10.

Weiss is director of the Sexual Recovery Institute in Los Angeles. A recognized professional in assessment and treatment of persons with sexual addiction, he will speak on "Understanding Sexual Addiction: Assessment, Treatment and Implications for Clinical Practice and Research," on Friday, June 16 from noon to 1 p.m. in Natcher Auditorium, Bldg. 45.

Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate in the program should contact Carlton Coleman at (301) 496-2906 voice or (301) 451-2290 TTY.

Intercultural Cancer Council Visits NIH

As part of its mentoring component, the Intercultural Cancer Council offered several dozen of its student members the chance to come to NIH Apr. 20 for a morning of lab visits and meetings about programs that address health disparities. ICC is an advocacy organization that promotes policies, programs, partnerships
and research to eliminate the unequal burden of cancer among racial and ethnic minorities and medically underserved populations in the United States and its associated territories. The group was in town for its 10th Biennial Symposium on Minorities, the Medically Underserved & Cancer held recently at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. The visit to NIH sought to expose students to state-of-the-art research and other opportunities to complement their training and career aspirations.

While here, students heard from NIGMS’s Dr. Anthony Rene (l), Dr. Clifton Poodry (r), Dr. Adolphus Toliver and Dr. Shawn Drew, program directors for the institute’s Division of Minority Opportunities in Research. In addition to the 11 NIH labs that opened their doors for tours and demonstrations, NCI offered briefings on its Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities and the Comprehensive Minority Biomedical Training Program; the Clinical Center gave an overview of bench-to-bedside research and opportunities for internships and fellowships.
Dr. Barry Gause (foreground) of NCI’s Medical Oncology Branch discussed his clinical trial that uses idiotype vaccines in patients with advanced stage follicular lymphoma, offering background information on the basic biology and rationale for such vaccines.

NLM Hosts First 'Genomics in Perspective' Lecture

Dr. Daniel J. Kevles (r), Stanley Woodward professor of history at Yale University, was the inaugural speaker at NLM's spring lecture series, "Genomics in Perspective." He is shown here with Dr. Elizabeth Fee, chief of the library's History of Medicine Division, which is sponsoring the series. Kevles drew parallels between the development of the transcontinental railroad system in the late 19th century and the evolution of the Human Genome Project today, with comparable tensions between private property rights and the public interest.

ORWH Lecture Tackles Caregiving Burdens

The next lecture in the Office of Research on Women's Health Seminar Series will be "Caregiving: Burdens and Satisfactions," on Tuesday, June 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. The talk is open to the public and no registration is required.

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