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NIH Record  
Vol. LIX, No. 2
  January 26, 2007
 Features
Public Input Sought on Genome Studies
NIH, Navy and Suburban Team Up to Enhance Emergency Response
Lindquist Addresses Cultural Competency In Indigenous Health Promotion, Outreach
ORWH Seminar Examines Strategies for Prevention
Deisseroth’s ‘Optogenetics’ Targets Brain Circuits
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Former County Executive Puts Face on Depression Forum
  STEP forum speakers included (from l) Dr. Darrel Regier, former county executive Doug Duncan, Dr. Helen Mayberg, Dr. Maurizio Fava, Dr. Jeanne Miranda and Dr. David Shaffer.
  STEP forum speakers included (from l) Dr. Darrel Regier, former county executive Doug Duncan, Dr. Helen Mayberg, Dr. Maurizio Fava, Dr. Jeanne Miranda and Dr. David Shaffer.

If ever there was an example of someone bringing a human face to a medical condition, Doug Duncan is one. Montgomery County executive for more than a decade, he was campaigning for governor of Maryland last June when he was diagnosed with depression. He decided he should drop out of the race and publicly announced his reasons for doing so.

Duncan relayed his story as part of a recent Staff Training in Extramural Programs (STEP) forum, “Depression: Who Cares?” And while researchers provided a wealth of information on topics such as depression in teens and potential new forms of treatment, it was Duncan’s personal story that brought the importance of depression study home.
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The Landscape That House Built
Diné/Oneida Ethnobotanist Speaks on Birth of a Museum

Recently, Donna House, an American Indian woman of Diné/Oneida origin, told a packed balcony B in Natcher Center how she designed the grounds of the National Museum of the American Indian to honor indigenous heritage.

She took her place at the lectern only after Clayton Old Elk (Crow tribe), holding an eagle feather and circlet of sweetgrass, had blessed the gathering with a prayer chant.
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