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NIH Record
Vol. LVIII, No. 16
August 11, 2006
Cancer Disparities Summit Draws Researchers
Michelson Named NHLBI Associate Director for Basic Research
NHGRI's Yang Explores The Making Of Skeletons
National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program
Conference Showcases Research-Practice Links in Nursing Science
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New Strategic Prospectus Planned
NIH Celebrates First 10 Years of OBSSR
  OBSSR’s Dr. David Abrams
In a celebration of its research, action and partnerships, the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research on June 21-22 marked its first 10 years with a call for a new perspective on science.

Every health innovation that improves societal health and well-being ultimately requires some form of behavior change, "a daunting challenge and a great responsibility," said OBSSR director Dr. David Abrams. The behavioral and social sciences face "the grandest challenge of them all — understanding human behavior in all its complexity" — from genes, neuroscience, motivation, cognition and emotion to individual lifestyles to the collective "behavior" of families, communities, providers and health care delivery systems to global economics and policy.

Move It or Fuse It
Ergonomics Lectures Can Help NIH'ers
Consider the spine: it bears our weight, keeps us stable and lets us move in myriad ways. Thanks to this column of soft tissue and bone, we can walk, lift a child, somersault and sit.

And boy, do we sit. Many of us work at a desk or bench, where our backs hardly move — unless slumping counts — while we make countless peripheral motions like pipetting, typing and using a mouse. Job-associated travel also requires sitting, often in cramped quarters.