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Vol. LIX, No. 22
November 2, 2007

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Forum on Monitoring of Clinical Trials, Nov. 20

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present an Administrative Strategies forum on the topic, “Someone to Watch Over Me: Data and Safety Monitoring of NIH-Supported Clinical Trials,” on Tuesday, Nov. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

NIH requires that clinical trial investigators implement appropriate oversight and monitoring to ensure both the safety of participants and the validity and integrity of the data. The broad scope of research funded by NIH results in an equally broad and variable degree of implementation of NIH data and safety monitoring policies and guidelines. Experienced staff members and NIH-funded clinical investigators will discuss: the goals of data and safety monitoring; the approaches to developing monitoring plans; and the roles and responsibilities of NIH review, program and grants management staff members. Case studies illustrating data and safety monitoring issues and lessons from NIH-funded clinical trials will be presented.

String Quartet Plays Free Series in Bldg. 10

The 19th season of performances by the Manchester String Quartet is under way. The concerts are free and begin at 12:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Remaining dates in the series, all on Monday afternoons, include Nov. 19, Dec. 17, Jan. 14, 2008, Mar. 3, Mar. 31, Apr. 28 and May 19.

The series is made possible by a grant from the Merck Company Foundation. For reasonable accommodation needs, contact Sharon Greenwell, NIH Visitor Information Center, (301) 496-4713 or email

FAES Holds Insurance Open Season

The FAES Health Insurance Program is conducting Open Season from Nov. 1-21, and 26-30. The program is open to those who work for or at NIH in full-time positions but are not eligible for government plans. This includes NIH fellows, special volunteers, guest researchers, contractors and full-time temporary personnel. The minimum enrollment period is 3 months. Benefits along with changes to coverage take effect Jan. 1, 2008.

Open Season is for those who did not enroll when first eligible and for current subscribers to make changes. Appointments are required to make changes to medical coverage but not for dental enrollment. FAES offers CareFirst BlueCross/BlueShield PPO and a voluntary HMO/PPO dental plan through Cigna.

More information may be obtained from the FAES web site at or from the FAES business office, Bldg. 10, Rm. B1C18. To schedule an appointment, call (301) 496-8063. FAES is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Use or Lose Reminder

Don’t forget to officially schedule your “use or lose” annual leave no later than Saturday, Nov. 24. Questions about “use or lose” leave should be directed to your administrative officer.

Institute of Medicine Elects Five from NIH

Five NIH scientists are among 65 newly elected members of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), raising its total active membership to 1,538. They include: Dr. Bruce J. Baum, chief, gene transfer section, NIDCR; Dr. Leighton Chan, chief, rehabilitation medicine department, Clinical Center; Dr. James M. Ostell, chief, Information Engineering Branch, National Center for Biotechnology Information, NLM; NIBIB director Dr. Roderic Pettigrew; and Dr. Roberto Romero, chief, Perinatology Research Branch and program director for obstetrics and perinatology, NICHD.

“It is a great pleasure to welcome these distinguished and influential individuals to the Institute of Medicine,” said IOM president Dr. Harvey Fineberg. “Members are elected through a highly selective process that recognizes people who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health.   Election is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of medicine and health.”

Established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, IOM has become recognized as a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on human health issues. With their election, members make a commitment to devote a significant amount of volunteer time as members of IOM committees, which engage in a broad range of studies on health policy issues.

NIH Library Classes Feature EndNote, Quosa, Other Favorites

Optimize your information retrieval with a free class from the NIH Library. Quosa, EndNote, Reference Manager, Web of Science and PubMed are featured resources in the NIH Library fall class schedule. Register now for the November and December hands-on training. For details on all classes, visit'

Baquet To Give WALS Talk on Health Disparities, Nov. 14

Dr. Claudia Baquet, professor of medicine and associate dean for policy and planning at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, will speak at the Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Her lecture, “Translating Research into Practice: Addressing Health Disparities in Tobacco-related Diseases,” will emphasize that the best science comes from protocols that encompass many communities.

Kastan Gives Falk Lecture, Nov. 8

Dr. Boris Tabakoff
Dr. Michael Kastan will give the 23rd annual Hans L. Falk Memorial Lecture on Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. in NIEHS Rodbell Auditorium in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Kastan is director of the Cancer Center at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. He will speak on “DNA Damage Response Mechanisms: Implications for Human Disease.” The lecture series was initiated by scientists and friends of Dr. Falk, the first scientific director at NIEHS, to showcase scientists who have made distinguished contributions to the environmental health sciences.

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