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Vol. LVIII, No. 17
August 25, 2006

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Upcoming AIDS Symposium

The 24th annual Symposium on Nonhuman Primate Models for AIDS will be held Oct. 4-7 in Atlanta. The meeting will focus on the latest AIDS-related findings in primate virology, immunology, pathogenesis, vaccines, therapeutics and genetics. Nonhuman primates are the most widely used models for AIDS vaccines because the disease progresses rapidly — in months rather than the decade typically seen in HIV-infected humans — making it effective to quickly and safely test candidate vaccines.

Featured speakers include Robin Weiss, professor of viral oncology at the University College London, and Jonathan Marks, professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Weiss directs the study of retroviruses — including HIV, human retrovirus 5 and Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus — at the Wohl Virion Centre. Marks is the author of What It Means to Be 98% Chimpanzee: Apes, People, and Their Genes.

The meeting will be hosted by the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University and is partially funded by the National Center for Research Resources and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

For more information, visit The Yerkes NPRC is one of eight National Primate Research Centers supported by NCRR.

NIH Institute Relay, Sept. 21

The 23rd NIH Institute Challenge Relay will be held on Thursday, Sept. 21 in front of Bldg. 1, beginning at 11:30 a.m. The Recreation and Welfare Association, members of the original NIH Health's Angels running club and the Division of Employee Services, ORS, invite teams to participate. The relay consists of teams of five runners, each whom runs a half-mile loop around Bldg. 1. All institutes, centers, divisions and contractors are invited to enter as many teams as they wish. Each team must have men and women runners with at least two runners of the same sex. The fastest team will have their names engraved on the Allen Lewis NIH Memorial Trophy located at the Bldg. 31 Fitness Center. There is a $10 entry fee per team. Email Randy Schools ( with team name and participants. Volunteers are also needed; call Julie Harris at (301) 496-6061 or email if you would like to help out.

Wilson Returns to 'Treetops'

Luke Wilson, great-grandson of NIH benefactors Luke and Helen Woodward Wilson, recently visited NIH for a tour of the refurbished Bldg. 15K. In 1935, the Wilsons began donating the first of 92 acres of Bethesda land — part of their estate called "Treetops" — to what was then the National Institute of Health. A converted farmhouse that now houses research conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health, Bldg. 15K was completely overhauled in spring 2001 for use by several NIMH offices and clinical studies. At one of the six original fireplaces preserved during restoration, Wilson stands with friend Katy Adikes, a post-baccalaureate IRTA fellow with the Clinical Center's clinical bioethics department. Wilson said he had not been in the house since he was a small child and was curious about what had become of his family's former home.

Password Help Available

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What can you do? Take a few minutes and register now at That will solve your problem, even at 4:12 a.m.

To register, go to and validate your NIH account. You will be asked to provide five unique answers to five questions. When you need to reset your password, you must first correctly provide three of those registered answers. If you have not registered and don't know your password, you must contact the NIH Help Desk for assistance.

To reset or unlock your account once you have registered, go to the site above, validate your account and select the function you need from the menu.

For more information call the Help Desk at (301) 496-4357.

Bldg. 36 Reduced to Rubble

Bldg. 36 has slowly been munched into a pile of rubble during a demolition process that has lasted months. The building’s removal makes way for phase 2 of the Porter Neuroscience Research Center, the first portion of which is already hosting research conducted by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in Bldg. 35.

Couple Weds at Children's Inn

On July 17, on a steamy, hot day, Michael McMahan, 25, married Rhonda Gray in the gazebo behind the Children's Inn. McMahan is being treated at NCI after his Ewing's sarcoma relapsed. The McMahans are from Georgia. Michael played guitar while his bride walked up the path to the gazebo with her oldest son, Jordan. Rev. Dr. Ray Fitzgerald, director of the CC spiritual ministry department, performed the ceremony. Michael was first diagnosed in December 2004. After treatment, which included chemotherapy and radiation, his tumors stopped growing in August 2005. He relapsed in June. Michael is currently undergoing chemotherapy and may have a stem cell transplant.

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