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Vol. LIX, No. 16
August 10, 2007
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Transfusion Medicine Hosts Annual Symposium, Sept. 20

The Clinical Center's department of transfusion medicine, together with the national headquarters of the American Red Cross, will host the 26th annual symposium on immunohematology and blood transfusion on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 8:25 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

Participants will learn how stem cells are used for cardiac repair; recognize transfusion transmissible agents; and review literature, protocols and practices to help make blood component therapy decisions. Dr. Paul Ness, director of transfusion medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, will receive the 2007 Richard J. Davey lectureship award, which is given annually to an individual whose contributions have significantly advanced the field of transfusion medicine with outstanding achievements in research or clinical practice and commitment to education. CC staff participating in the program include Drs. Harvey Alter, Barbara Bryant, Cathy Cantilena, Harvey Klein, Susan Leitman, David Stroncek and Sumithira Vasu. For more information contact Karen Byrne at (301) 451-8645 or KByrne@cc.nih.gov.

BIG Bone Marrow Registry Drive Set, Aug. 30

The NIH chapter of Blacks In Government is partnering with the NIH Marrow Donor Program to recruit volunteers to join the National Bone Marrow Registry. A bone marrow registration drive will be held Thursday, Aug. 30 from noon to 1 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. Attendees will hear testimony and have an opportunity to register. Marrow transplants are life-saving treatments for people with leukemia, lymphoma and many other diseases. The registry contains more than 10 million potential donors. Because tissue type is inherited, matches are most likely made with someone from a similar racial and ethnic background. BIG and the donor program are working to improve the registry's diversity. All are encouraged to stop by the drive. To learn more about marrow transplants, visit www.marrow.org. For details about the NIH event, call Earl Simmons at (301) 435-4365.

Principles of Clinical Pharmacology Course

The Principles of Clinical Pharmacology course, sponsored by the Clinical Center, will begin in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10 on Sept. 6. The course will be held Thursday evenings from 6:30 to approximately 7:45 and will run through Apr. 24, 2008.

The course, now in its 10th year, covers topics such as pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism and transport, assessment of drug effects, drug therapy in special populations and drug discovery and development.

Registration is open to all interested individuals at no cost unless the course is being taken for graduate credit. The course may be taken for credit through the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences as PHAR 500 I and PHAR 500 II; contact FAES directly at (301) 496-7976. Deadline for registration is Aug. 23. Certificates of participation will be awarded at the end to all students who attend 75 percent of the lectures. More information is available at www.cc.nih.gov/ccc/principles or by calling Donna Shields, (301) 435-6618.

NLM Launches New Exhibition: 'Medicine and Magic in Harry Potter'

A decade ago, British writer J.K. Rowling published Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the first in a series of seven books about a boy wizard who is the only known survivor of a "killing curse." A year later the book was released in the United States with the title Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Rowling's books were soon breaking publishing records and "the boy who lived" became entrenched in the popular imagination.

But there is more to the Harry Potter series than a child hero or a fantasy adventure-many characters, plants and creatures are based in history, medicine and magical lore. Rowling has drawn on important works of alchemy and herbology in shaping her stories. In a special temporary exhibition, the National Library of Medicine's History of Medicine Division showcases seven of the beautiful, centuries-old treasures in its collection that are mentioned in Harry Potter.

The exhibit is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Nov. 30 in the History of Medicine Division reading room, first floor, Bldg. 38.

NLM will offer a free screening of the first movie in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, on Friday, Sept. 7, in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A. There will be light refreshments in the Lister Hill lobby at 5:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 6. All are welcome.

2008 COPR Nomination Process Opens

NIH is seeking applicants to fill vacancies on the 2008 Council of Public Representatives (COPR) roster. COPR advises the NIH director on cross-cutting issues related to medical research and health topics of public interest that ultimately promote individual, family and community well-being. The council consists of up to 21 individuals selected from among the diverse communities that benefit from and have an interest in NIH research, programs and activities. Applications are due Friday, Sept. 14.

For more information or to apply online, visit the COPR web site at copr.nih.gov/application.asp. To request an application by mail, phone (301) 650-8660 ext. 136, fax (301) 650-7172 or email COPR1@palladianpartners.com.

Program Offers Science Adventure for Children

Aishu Iyer (l) and Anna Purtscher examine a molecular model made from gum drops and toothpicks.Tarun Shah removes bones from an owl pellet to identify what animals the owl ate.

Left: Aishu Iyer (l) and Anna Purtscher examine a molecular model made from gum drops and toothpicks. Right: Tarun Shah removes bones from an owl pellet to identify what animals the owl ate.
Adventure in Science, a nonprofit science education program for children, is planning its 15th year at NIH. The program, which meets on Saturday mornings October through March in Bldg. 10, is designed to show 8-11 year-olds the fun of science using hands-on activities, from building (and launching) model rockets to dissecting frogs. The teachers are mostly NIH volunteers, from postdoc to institute director. If you are interested in volunteering to teach, contact Peter Kellman, (301) 496-2513 (peter.kellman@nih.hhs.gov) or Ed Max, (301) 827-1806 (edward.max@fda.hhs.gov). To enroll a child, request forms from the 4H office at Montgomery County Cooperative Extension, (301) 590-9638.

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