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Vol. LVIII, No. 22
November 03, 2006

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Pulmonary Hypertension Meeting, Dec. 7-8

The Evolution of Pulmonary Hypertension: Emerging Diseases and Novel Therapeutics meeting will be held Dec. 7-8 in Natcher confer-ence center. It will bring together leading think-ers in the field to review current understanding of the pathobiology, pathogenesis and therapy of pulmonary hypertension. The meeting is sponsored by NHLBI, Office of Rare Diseases, Of-fice of the Director and the critical care medicine department, Clinical Center. For more informa-tion visit

Use or Lose Reminder

Don’t forget to officially schedule your “use or lose” annual leave no later than Saturday, Nov. 25. Questions about “use or lose” leave should be directed to your administrative officer.

Experts To Discuss Eye Diseases and New Therapies

The National Eye Institute and the Food and Drug Administration will hold a symposium titled “Ophthalmic Clinical Trial Design and Endpoints,” on Nov. 28-29 in Washington, D.C. The purpose is to review challenges to the de-velopment of therapies for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy and to discuss if there are ways to expedite the process for bringing new treatments to people with these diseases.

“The goal of this symposium is to bring together experts in AMD and diabetic retinopathy to discuss the current procedural guidelines for clinical trials and address how these might best be updated to expedite the development and approval of therapies for these diseases,” said Dr. Karl Csaky, senior investigator in NEI’s Laboratory on Retinal Disease and Therapeu-tics and co-chair of the symposium. “This is important because more than 4 million people in the United States have diabetic retinopathy and an estimated 30 million people over the age of 60 will be affected by AMD by the year 2010,” he noted. “It is crucial that we shorten the time it takes to get effective therapies to people who need them.”

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Merit Awards Ceremony Set, Nov. 6

The OD Merit Awards Ceremony will be held on Monday, Nov. 6 at 1:30 p.m. in Natcher Audito-rium, Bldg. 45.

Eye Disease Epidemiology Symposium Planned

Dr. Harvey Fineberg
Dr. Harvey Fineberg

The fourth U.S. Symposium on Ocular Epidemiology, funded by the National Eye Institute and organized by Johns Hopkins University, will be held Jan. 29-31, 2007, in Sarasota, Fla. This will be the first time in 16 years that epidemiologists, biostatisticians, clinicians and other vision scientists will have a national forum for discussing the advances that have occurred in ocular epidemiology since the last symposium in 1991.

The symposium will offer participants the opportunity to review progress in eye disease epidemiology and explore possibilities for collaboration. Sessions will be held on these subjects: vision impairment, age-related cataract, genetic epidemiology of complex diseases, glaucoma, refractive errors, ocular diseases and conditions of infants and children, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. Three panel discussions will address “Genetic Epidemiology of Complex Disease,” “Population-Based Studies: Where Do We Go from Here?” and “Ocular Epidemiology: What Next?”

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Harvey Fineberg, president, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences. He will speak on the importance of epidemiology in making policy decisions.

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Women’s Baseball Team Needs Players

The Lasers is a women’s baseball team consisting primarily of NIH’ers that plays in the Eastern Women’s Baseball Conference, a recreational league in the D.C. and Baltimore area. The team plays one game per weekend, most non-holiday weekends, from May through about mid-October. The team, beginning its third year, is recruiting new players for the 2007 season. Players are typically 18-52 years old, with a range of previous softball and/or youth baseball experience. The Lasers have informal outdoor practices on weekends in the fall and at indoor batting cages in the winter, in Rockville. If you are interested in playing, contact Susan McCarthy at

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