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NIH Record  
Vol. LVIII, No. 23
  November 17, 2006
 Features
Symposium Closes Nursing Institute’s 20th Anniversary
NIH Launches National Consortium to Transform Clinical Research
Three NIH’ers Elected to IOM
The Next STEP on Science of Depression
NIH Intramural Program Hosts Annual Research Festival
FIC’s Foreign Tracking System Rolls Out
NIAMS at 20—The Extramural Community
Two Degrees of Separation: Energy Conservation at NIH
New NCAB Members, Chair Named
FAES Foreign Language Program Marks 47th Year
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Pandemic Flu Conference Preps NIH’ers on Continuity of Operations
  Dr. Milton English (r) of NHGRI discusses zebrafish with Discovery Challenge “disease detectives.”
  Dr. Pierre Noel outlines NIH panflu readiness plans.

The Oct. 19 conference on Pandemic Flu Operational Continuity briefed hundreds in Masur Auditorium on NIH’s state of readiness. Led by acting associate director for security and emergency response Dr. Pierre Noel (see NIH Record, Oct. 6) and supported by Colleen Barros, NIH deputy director for management, 10 working group leaders gave status reports and then fielded questions from the audience.

Dr. David Henderson, the Clinical Center’s deputy director for clinical care, put the effort in context. In flu’s 400-year history, he said, the average time between pandemics has been about 24 years. In 1968—38 years ago—“Asian flu” hit. Thus the urgency. “We’re due,” he said. “So we have to be ready.”
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Barros Appoints Five to Top NIH Posts

NIH Deputy Director for Management Colleen Barros recently named five people to complete her management team at NIH. They are Dr. Alfred C. Johnson, director of the Office of Research Services; Daniel G. Wheeland, director of the Office of Research Facilities Development and Operations; John J. Bartrum, associate director for budget; Christine M. Major, director of the Office of Human Resources; and Suzanne J. Servis, director of the Office of Management Assessment.

Johnson became ORS director on Oct. 29. ORS has overall responsibility for managing and providing technical and administrative services to all components of NIH in support of the research mission, including programs for public safety and security operations, scientific and regulatory support programs and a wide variety of other employee services.
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