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Vol. LVIII, No. 20
October 6, 2006

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APAO Solicits Awards Nominations

The NIH Asian and Pacific Islander American Organization will continue its tradition of honoring employees with significant contributions in the following categories: 1) an employee in the field of management who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of Asian and Pacific Americans; and 2) an NIH APA researcher/scientist who has made significant accomplishments in biomedical research.

The awardees will be honored with a plaque from APAO at its annual holiday award luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 12 in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1.

A review committee composed of APAO members from several ICs will evaluate the nominations. All nominations must be received electronically by Friday, Oct. 27 for consideration. To nominate someone, send a 1-page statement and, if applicable, a CV to Lucie Chen (category 1 nominations) or Dr. Kuan-Teh Jeang, (category 2 nominations)

For more information about the awards or APAO, contact Prahlad Mathur, (301) 435-4618.

Conference To Explore Future of Nursing Research

The National Institute of Nursing Research concludes its year-long celebration of 20 years at NIH with a scientific symposium titled, “Nursing Research: Looking to the Future,” on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at Natcher Auditorium from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no charge to attend. Guest speakers include former Congressman John E. Porter; Dr. Roger Bulger, acting deputy director, NCMHD; and Dr. Linda Aiken, director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania. For more information contact Allisen Stewart, (301) 496-0207. To view the agenda and list of speakers, visit and click the 20th anniversary icon.

Friedman Gives NIH Director’s Lecture

The Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series—held on its namesake day at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10—features Dr. Jeffrey M. Friedman on Oct. 11. His topic is “Leptin and the Biological Basis of Obesity.” Friedman is director of the Starr Center for Human Genetics in New York, the Marilyn M. Simpson professor at the Rockefeller University and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. For more information or for reasonable accommodation, call Sandeep Nair, (301) 496-1921.

Research Festival Set, Oct. 17-20

This year’s NIH Research Festival will take place Oct. 17-20. The opening plenary session at 9 a.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, will feature two examples of this year’s “Gains in Translation from Bench to Bedside” theme. Dr. Bill Gahl of NHGRI and Dr. Juan Bonifacino of NICHD will discuss disorders of lysosome-related organelles and Drs. Alan Heldman of Johns Hopkins and Steven Sollott of NIA will describe the development of the taxol-coated stent for treatment of coronary artery disease.

Other events include symposia; special exhibits on resources for intramural research; the Job Fair for NIH postdoctoral, research and clinical fellows, with an opening address “Embarking on the Future” by NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni; the festival food and music fair; and the Technical Sales Association scientific equipment tent show.

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Talk on PTSD and Women

The women’s health special interest group will host a talk on “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Women,” on Friday, Oct. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1. Speaker will be Dr. Meena Vythilingam, staff physician, Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program, NIMH. If you need sign language interpretation, contact Vicki Malick at at least 5 days before the seminar.

PRAT Program Accepts Applications

The NIGMS Pharmacology Research Associate (PRAT) program is now accepting applications for positions to begin October 2007. This competitive research fellowship program supports training at NIH or FDA laboratories for postdoctoral candidates. It focuses on the pharmacological sciences and related research areas such as molecular pharmacology, signal-transduction mechanisms, drug metabolism, immunopharmacology, chemistry and drug design, structural biology, endocrinology, bioinformatics and neuroscience. PRAT fellowships are 3-year appointments that include competitive salaries as well as supply and travel funds to support research in preceptors' laboratories. Applicants must identify a preceptor in their application. Preceptors may be any tenured or tenure-track scientist at NIH or FDA who has agreed to host the applicant. Postdoctoral fellows who have more than 1 year of research experience at NIH or FDA are not eligible. Applications must be received by Dec. 15. For more information or application materials, contact the PRAT program assistant at (301) 594-3583 or email

Annual Photography Competition, Oct. 10

The NIH Camera Club will hold its annual NIH-wide photography competition on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 6:15 p.m. at Classic Residence, 8100 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase. Categories are black-and-white prints, color prints and color slides. Fee is $1 per image and entrants can submit four images per category. Cash prizes will be awarded. The R&W-sponsored organization meets once a month on Tuesday evenings at the Classic Residence. At the meetings, a professional from the area shares photographic expertise and images, then judges photos on a topic such as nature or architecture or photojournalism. For more information about the club or contest, contact Brenda Hanning at

FNIH Sponsors Charity Run, Walk

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health will hold its inaugural Halloween-themed BOO! Run for Life! 10K run and 2-mile walk on Sunday,

Oct. 15 at 7:30 a.m. in West Potomac Park at Ohio Drive near West Basin Drive. The event is being organized by friends and family of Dean R. O'Neill to benefit FNIH and the Dean R. O'Neill Renal Cell Cancer Research Fund. Costumes are optional. Online registration at closes on Oct. 13. Proceeds from the race will promote renal cell cancer research at NHLBI. Kidney cancer is on the rise in the United States. Most common in male adults over the age of 40, the disease is considered by many as one of the more under-researched cancers. Nearly 30,000 people are diagnosed with kidney cancer each year, half of whom develop metastatic disease that is associated with an extremely poor outlook for recovery. The run/walk will help raise funds to help researchers find an effective cure.

NIH'ers Race in 'Dragon Boat' Championships

  NIH'ers Race in Dragon Boat Championships
  The Washington, D.C. Dragons attended the U.S. National Dragon Boat Championship Races in Tampa, Fla., recently. The team placed second in both the 250-meter and 500-meter sprints to earn the overall silver medal for mixed club crew. The crew included NIH Paddling Club members (below) Ana Arostegui (row 1, 1st from l), Phan Winter (row 2, 3rd from l), Bill Freed (row 4, 7th from l), Jane Daye (row 5, 1st from l), Steve Schmidt (5th row, 2nd from l) and David Winter (row 5, 3rd from l). The championship is held once every 2 years. Paddling teams from across the United States race traditional Chinese boats in sprints over a 3-day period. In the photo above, the D.C. Dragons (in the foreground) finish in second place in the 500-meter final. For more information on the NIH Paddling Club, contact David Winter at
  D.C. Dragons

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