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Vol. LX, No. 12
June 13, 2008

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Imaging of Organ Development Is Topic of Seminar, June 18

Dr. Scott E. Fraser will deliver the third lecture in NIDCR’s seminar series on Wednesday, June 18 at 2 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. He will speak on “Advances in High-Resolution Imaging of Complex Biological Systems.” Fraser will describe his recent work using novel imaging approaches to study mammalian development and organ function in real time. These approaches have allowed him to create high-resolution temporal and spatial images of the embryonic heart and to model and analyze heart function in vivo. Such “live imaging” techniques could be used to analyze a broad range of organs and tissues.

Fraser is the Anna L. Rosen professor of biology, professor of bioengineering and director of the Biological Imaging Center at the California Institute of Technology Beckman Institute. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physics at Harvey Mudd College and his doctorate in biophysics from Johns Hopkins University.

The lecture is part of the NIDCR Seminar Series “From Basic Research to Therapy—The Latest Frontier,” which focuses on research topics of broad interest to the NIH community. If you wish to meet the speaker during his visit, contact Dr. Nadya Lumelsky at (301) 594-7703 or  

The lecture is open to all employees. Sign language interpretation will be provided. Those who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Mary Daum,, (301) 594-7559 and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).

Training on New NED Offered in June

NIH has begun offering a series of town-hall style training programs to the NIH Enterprise Directory (NED)-user community in preparation for the switchover to the new NED system this July. ORS and CIT teamed up to develop the training programs and are offering the 3-hour sessions at locations across campus and at off-site facilities. The presentations will familiarize NED users with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD)-12 and the impact it will have on administrative staff. The sessions will include background information, common misconceptions and an introduction of the changes to NED that will support employee efforts with regard to the new HSPD-12 badging process. The training schedule is posted on the CIT training web site at Those interested in attending one of the 18 classes can sign up online.

Anniversary IntraMall Showcase Set, June 18-19

The 10th anniversary NIH IntraMall Summer Showcase will be held Wednesday and Thursday, June 18-19 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Clinical Research Center on the 3rd- and 5th-fl. pedestrian bridges. The event will display the award-winning IntraMall electronic purchasing system designed exclusively for NIH to simplify purchasing and now featuring “Smart Match” tools to speed monthly credit card reconciliation in the NIH Business System.

Since opening in June 1998, the IntraMall has become a leading NIH web site for using government purchase cards to locate, buy and track purchases from 240 of its most frequently used vendors, offering more than 10 million laboratory, office and computer items. New online inventory and convenient IntraMalls EXPRESS delivery options will also be demonstrated at the showcase. Learn how purchasing through the IntraMall can save your IC money and ease your workload. Register for the event and the free lunch online at View a list of IntraMall vendors today at For reasonable accommodation, call 1-888-644-6255 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at least 7 days prior to the event.

NIH Tennis Team Recruits

The NIH/HHS interagency tennis team is looking for advanced (NTRP of 4.0 or higher) players for the 2008 season, which runs through July. The doubles-only matches are played on Har-Tru (green clay) courts. You need not sign up with a partner and do not need a season-long commitment—play only as often as your schedule allows. The cost for each match is about $10/player, which covers court rental and balls. Matches are on Thursdays at the Fitzgerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C., starting at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Jenny Strasburger, (301) 594-8901, or Jerry McLaughlin, (301) 402-6626,

China Earthquake Emergency Relief

One of the worst earthquakes in decades struck central China on May 12, killing many thousands of people and causing heavy damage. The Chinese Students and Scholars Association of NIH is calling upon the community for donations for disaster relief. A web page ( html) has been established so that donations can be accepted from the Greater D.C. Chinese Students and Scholars Associations. All donations and proceeds will be sent directly to the Red Cross Society of China.

Microbiome, Building a Molecular Toolbox Are Topics of June 24 Symposium

On Tuesday, June 24, NIDCR will mark its 60th anniversary with a scientific symposium in Natcher auditorium. At 8:30 a.m., NIDCR director Dr. Lawrence Tabak will introduce the morning session, “Building the Molecular Toolbox: Four Perspectives.” The afternoon session, “The Human Microbiome: Biology’s Next Revolution,” will feature an introduction by NIH deputy director Dr. Raynard Kington at 1:15 p.m.

Morning session speakers include: Dr. David T.W. Wong, University of California at Los Angeles, “Salivary Diagnostics: Scientific and Clinical Features”; Dr. William Maixner, of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Biopsychosocial Risk Factors for TMJD and Related Disorders”; Dr. Paul H. Krebsbach, University of Michigan, “Gene Therapy Strategies for Craniofacial Regeneration”; Dr. Linda Griffith, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “Design Principles for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine.”

Afternoon session speakers are: Dr. Francis Collins, director, NHGRI, “High Throughput Genomics and the Microbiome”; Dr. David A. Relman, Stanford University, “Open Wide: Microbial Ecology and Metagenomics in the Human Oral Cavity”; Dr. Floyd E. Dewhirst, The Forsyth Institute, Boston, “The Human Oral Microbiome.”

The symposium is open to all and no registration is required. Sign language interpretation will be provided. For reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, contact Mary Daum at (301) 594-7559 or and/or the Federal Relay at 1-800-877-8339.

Present at the gift announcement are (seated, from l) Kenneth Touloumes, president of AFCEA, Bethesda Chapter, and Dr. Lauren Wood, chair of the Children’s Inn board of directors. At rear are (from l) Robert Guerra, chairman of the Children’s Inn gala “A Night for the Children” event hosted by AFCEA, Bethesda Chapter, Madelen Hernandez-Garcia, 4, an inn resident, and Kathy Russell, CEO of the inn.

Rocky Mountain Laboratories Add Facility

NIAID’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, MT, held a recent reception and facility tour for about 150 employees in its new Integrated Research Facility. Employees recently began using offices, conference rooms and biosafety level-2 laboratories in the 105,000-square-foot building. The building’s maximum-containment laboratories are undergoing standard extensive reviews.

NIDDK Publishes Resources about Bladder Problems

Millions of women in the United States experience urinary incontinence, or leakage of urine. Yet despite the negative impact the condition can have on quality of life, embarrassment keeps many women from seeking help.

A new, easy-to-read booklet from the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse prepares women to talk about bladder problems with a health care provider. What I Need To Know about Bladder Control for Women encourages women to find a doctor who is skilled in treating female urinary problems, such as a urogynecologist or urologist.

Contrary to some beliefs, urinary incontinence is not limited to older women. As many as three quarters of women in the United States report at least some urinary leakage at some point in their lives, and studies consistently find that 20 to 50 percent of women report more frequent leakage, according to the 2007 NIDDK report Urologic Diseases in America. The new booklet incorporates useful information and tools from the NIDDK Let’s Talk about Bladder Control for Women Series into one comprehensive resource.

The clearinghouse also has a new fact sheet about the opposite problem—urinary retention, the inability to empty the bladder completely. Unlike incontinence, urinary retention is more common in men than women because of prostate enlargement. However, women can experience urinary retention if the bladder or lower part of the colon sags or moves out of its normal position.

Both publications are available at

Present at the ribbon-cutting ceremony were (from l) Gilbane senior project engineer Earl Gilliam; NIAMS scientific director Dr. John O’Shea; ORF research space coordinator Cyrena Simons; and NIAMS direc-tor Dr. Stephen Katz.

Present at the ribbon-cutting ceremony were (from l) Gilbane senior project engineer Earl Gilliam; NIAMS scientific director Dr. John O’Shea; ORF research space coordinator Cyrena Simons; and NIAMS direc-tor Dr. Stephen Katz.

NIAMS Labs Open with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

The NIAMS Intramural Research Program recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house to introduce the new home of four laboratories within the Molecular Immunology and Inflammation Branch and Autoimmunity Branch. The new state-of-the-art facilities, located on the 13th floor of Bldg. 10, will allow researchers within the groups of Dr. John O’Shea, Dr. Juan Rivera, Dr. Richard Siegel and Dr. Raphael Casellas to conduct cutting-edge research in an environment that promotes interaction and collaboration.

Katz (l) and NIAMS acting deputy director Dr. Paul Plotz tour the new laboratories. The open format lab design is conducive to collaboration and allows easy access to shared resources and instrumentation.

Katz (l) and NIAMS acting deputy director Dr. Paul Plotz tour the new laboratories. The open format lab design is conducive to collaboration and allows easy access to shared resources and instrumentation.

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