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Vol. LVIII, No. 19
September 22, 2006


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Medicine for the Public Lecture Series Begins Sept. 26

Why do only 10 percent of people infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis develop tuberculosis? What role does the brain play in overeating? Why is depression twice as common in women as men? These and other leading-edge medical issues will be discussed at the 2006 Medicine for the Public lecture series on Tuesday evenings at 7 in the Clinical Center's Masur Auditorium, beginning Sept. 26. Physician-scientists working to translate science into medicine will deliver lectures and take questions from the audience.

The lecture series has been presented every fall since 1978 and was developed to bring information on medical research to the public. The free talks are designed to help non-scientists understand medical science and appreciate the importance of medical research in our lives. Dates, topics and speakers are listed below. For more information on the series, call Clinical Center Communications, (301) 496-2563.

Sept. 26 – "Preventing the Nation's Leading Cause of Death: Heart Disease," Dr. Denise Simons-Morton, NHLBI

Oct. 3 – "Stroke Update," Dr. Steven Warach, NINDS

Oct. 10 – "Tuberculosis in the 21st Century: Old Problem, New Understanding," Dr. Steven M. Holland, NIAID

Oct. 17 – "The Role of the Gut, Hormones and the Brain in Obesity," Dr. Monica C. Skarulis, NIDDK

Oct. 24 – "AIDS After 25 Years: Lessons Learned for Other Emerging Infections," Dr. Henry Masur, Clinical Center

Oct. 31 – "Depression: Impact, Causes and Current Research," Dr. Peter Schmidt, NIMH

Yoga Meditation Held Weekly

Sahaja yoga meditation class is held every Thursday at 7 p.m. on the third floor of the CRC, Rm. 3-1608. Sahaja yoga seeks to awaken inner energy called kundalini, and is offered for free and without obligation. The class is sponsored by the recreation therapy section of the rehabilitation medicine department. For more information contact Jasmin Salloum, (301) 402-5630.

Biologist Addresses Evolution Controversy

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series — held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 - on Sept. 27 will feature Dr. Kenneth Miller, speaking on "God, Darwin, and Design." Miller is professor of biology at Brown University, where he studies structure and function in biological membranes. One of his principal interests is the public understanding of evolution. His recent book, Finding Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution, addresses the scientific status of evolutionary theory and its relationship to religious views of nature.

For more information or for reasonable accommodation, call (301) 594-5595.

Principles of Clinical Research Class

Registration for the 2006-2007 "Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research," began on Aug. 1. The course will run from Oct. 16 through Feb. 20, 2007. The deadline for registering is Oct. 6. Classes will be held on campus on Monday and Tuesday evenings from 5 to 6:30. There is no charge for the course but purchase of a textbook is suggested. A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the course, including a final exam. For more information or to register, visit or call (301) 496-9425.

Montana's Baucus Visits RML

Sen. Max Baucus
Photo: Anita Mora
Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) sits in a training room at a biosafety cabinet wearing a positive-pressure suit used in maximum containment laboratories. Baucus tried on the suit during a recent visit to Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) in Hamilton, MT, where the suits will be used in a new NIH Integrated Research Facility next year. RML is part of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.



NCI's Kraft Wins NIH Record Contest, Shirt

Congratulations to NCI's, Joan E. Kraft, winner of the Name That Spot! contest (see NIH Record, Aug. 11 and Aug. 25). Her perfect score — 22 out of 22 — netted the prize of an NIH Record collector's item T-shirt featuring drawings by cartoonist Richard Thompson, whose work appears regularly in the Washington Post. "I have been trekking the NIH grounds since I was 10 years old," says Kraft, "and have worked at NIH for over 36 years, starting just one week out of high school. My father, William E. Wilson, started work at NIH when I was 10 years old and brought the Record home. I would read it and decided early on that NIH's mission was important to me and [that NIH] was the place I wanted to spend my life. My father-in-law, Fred Kraft, also worked at NIH. I've worked for NIH all over the reservation, at Navy and now in a rental building in Rockville. This challenge was fun." Through the generosity of the R&W, its stores are now carrying NIH Record T-shirts. They remain on sale for only $7.90 each.


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