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 www.yerkes.emory.edu/NHPM2006.
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.
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with team name and participants. Volunteers are also needed; call
Julie Harris at (301) 496-6061 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if
you would like to help out.
Wilson Returns to 'Treetops'
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.
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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
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