on IL-15, Oct. 30
The Center of Excellence in Immunology, NCI and the cytokine
interest group are co-sponsoring a 1-day mini-symposium titled, "IL-15:
Basic Research and Clinical Applications," from 8:45 a.m. to 4
p.m. on Monday, Oct. 30 in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. Drs.
Tom Waldmann and Howard Young are chairing the meeting and speakers
include Drs. Michael Caligiuri, Averil Ma, Cliff Lane, Jay Berzofsky,
David Weiner, Nick Restifo and Bana Jabri. There will also be a
panel discussion on "Getting IL-15 to the Clinic." There is no
fee and registration can be done online at http://web.ncifcrf.gov/events/IL15/.
Seating is limited to 260, so early registration is encouraged.
For more information, contact Karen Kochersberger at firstname.lastname@example.org or
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. This year's
race will be held in memory of Art Fried, former budget officer
at NICHD who died last December. Fried was among the founders of
the relay and participated for many years. 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. There
is a $10 entry fee per team. Email Randy Schools (email@example.com)
with team name and participants. Volunteers are also needed; call
Julie Harris at (301) 496-6061 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if
you can help.
Ask the Parenting Specialist
The popular "Ask the Parenting Specialist" is returning to campus.
Sponsored by the NIH child care board and the ORS Division of Employee
Services, these lunchtime opportunities offer employees a chance
to talk to a child development specialist, ask those vexing questions
and get practical and common-sense advice. They will be held in
various NIH cafeterias.
Do you have questions about your infant, pre-school child, school-age
child or teen? Questions like "How do I get my child motivated
in school and home?" "What do I do about my toddler who refuses
to sleep in his own bed?" "My teenager is driving me nuts — how
am I supposed to deal with her?"
Come in for a free 10-minute session from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
on the following dates; no appointment is necessary:
Tuesday, Sept. 19 — Bldg. 31 cafeteria
Thursday, Oct. 12 — Bldg. 10 cafeteria
Wednesday, Nov. 8 — Bldg. 35 cafeteria
Learn about other parenting resources offered to NIH employees.
Sign language interpreters will be provided. For more information
call Mary Ellen Savarese at (301) 402-8180.
Class on Clinical Research Ethics
The Clinical Center department of clinical bioethics will offer "Ethical
and Regulatory Aspects of Clinical Research," a 7-week course that
meets between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg.
10 each Wednesday from Oct. 4 through Nov. 15. The course is in
its 9th year. There is no charge, but there is a required textbook: Ethical
and Regulatory Aspects of Clinical Research: Readings and Commentary,
JHU Press, available at the FAES book store on campus or from book
The course will be videocast live on the NIH web site. There is
no need to register for the course unless you are seeking a certificate
for training purposes or you wish to earn continuing education
credits as a social worker, nurse or physician. In order to earn
any continuing education credits there are attendance requirements.
The course is required to earn the Clinical Center core curriculum
certificate. You must register and there are attendance requirements
in order to earn the certificate.
For information on registration, course agenda, educational goals
and speaker list, visit www.bioethics.nih.gov. Sign language interpreters
will be provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable
accommodation to participate should contact Mertis Stallings, email@example.com.
Federal TTY Relay number is 1-800-877-8339.
Tae Kwon Do Beginner's Class
The NIH Tae Kwon Do School is offering a beginner's class for
adults and mature teens. New students are invited to begin classes
on any Monday. The curriculum combines traditional striking arts,
forms and sparring with emphasis on self-defense. No experience
is necessary. Class will meet in the Malone Center (Bldg. 31C,
B4 level, next to the NIH Fitness Center) from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays
and Wednesdays (and 6-7 p.m. Fridays, optional), and will continue
for about 2 months until participants can be integrated into the
regular school training. Dues are $40 per quarter and a uniform
costs $30. Interested persons are welcome to watch regular training
sessions. For information call Pam Dover, (301) 827-0476 or visit http://www.recgov.org/r&w/nihtaekwondo.html.
Film Festival a Big Success
Comcast Film Festival, held Aug. 11-20 on the grounds of the American
Speech-Language-Hearing Association and Strathmore, drew nearly
70,000 guests, said Randy Schools, president of R&W, which coordinates
the event. The festival, at which food from local restaurants is
sold, benefits three NIH-related charities- Friends of the Clinical
Center, Special Love/Camp Fantastic and the Children's Inn. Funds
collected by volunteers at the films amounted to over $16,000 with
more money expected from food sales. This year marked the 10th
anniversary of the festival, which began on the NIH campus; over
the years it has raised over $250,000. Largest crowd this year
was for Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which drew over
10,000 moviegoers. Shown above are Ron and Debbie
c); Debbie is with the Clinical Center patient activities department.
NIH Welcomes 30 New Clinical Fellows
Thirty medical students representing 19 schools from around the
country have been selected for fellowships in the 2006-2007 Clinical
Research Training Program (CRTP) for Medical and Dental Students
at NIH. The recipients, who have completed clinical rotations at
their home institutions, arrived this summer to begin 12 months
of clinical and translational research training in their chosen
field. This is the program's 10th year.
The training program, established at NIH in 1997 with 9 fellows,
provides creative, research-oriented students with an opportunity
to learn about clinical research early in their careers. Since
1998, the program has been supported jointly by NIH and the Foundation
for the National Institutes of Health through grants from Pfizer
Inc. as part of the company's commitment to public-private partnerships.
The partnership included 15 students annually starting in 1998.
In 2004, the program was expanded to accept 30 students a year
thanks to support through the NIH Roadmap as part of its Re-engineering
the Clinical Research Enterprise initiative.
One hundred and sixty students have participated in the program
to date. A committee of established clinical researchers at NIH
reviews and makes selections based on applications received from
qualified students around the country. This year's recipients were
selected from a field of 80 applicants.
"While at NIH, the fellows are paired with a renowned investigator
as a mentor," said CRTP director Dr. Frederick Ognibene. "During
the year-long experience the students learn the principles of clinical
research, write a research protocol and conduct either clinical
or translational research alongside some of the most prominent
researchers in the world today."
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