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Vol. LX, No. 15
July 25, 2008

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NIH ‘Darwin Day’ Call for Art Entries

Feb. 12, 2009, marks the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin and the 150th year since his seminal work On the Origin of Species was published. To recognize Darwin’s scientific accomplishments, including his observations on plant and animal life, NIH is planning a variety of activities including a lecture series, film screenings and theater performances. From November 2008 through February 2009, the Clinical Center’s art gallery spaces will display photographs of the Galapagos Islands, where Darwin visited. NIH employees and patients, as well as photographers from the community, may submit their photos for consideration by Aug. 29. Artists will be notified within 3 weeks if their work is selected. Contact Crystal Parmele or Lillian Fitzgerald at (301) 402-0115 with questions or submissions.

Posters Due for 2008 Research Festival

The 2008 NIH Research Festival will be held Oct. 14-17. This year’s program committee is cochaired by Dr. Lee Helman of NCI and Dr. Ira Levin of NIDDK.

The opening plenary session “Obesity: A Growing Energy Crisis” will feature presentations highlighting the cutting-edge obesity research that is being conducted in the NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP). It will be held in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, on Tuesday, Oct. 14 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Other events during the 4-day showcase of the IRP will include cross-cutting symposia and poster sessions; special exhibits on resources for intramural research; the job fair for postdoctoral, research and clinical fellows; the food and music fair; and the Technical Sales Association’s scientific equipment tent show.

The committee is accepting submissions of poster abstracts online now through Aug. 5 by all NIH investigators and Bethesda FDA/CBER investigators. Posters in any area of research conducted within the IRP will be considered, but the committee is requesting a limit of one submission per first author.

For a preliminary schedule of events and online poster registration, visit The deadline is Aug. 5. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by email in late August.

For more information contact Paula Cohen or Amy Blackburn at

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. 4.

The course will be held Thursday evenings from 6:30 to approximately 7:45 and will run through Apr. 23, 2009. The course covers topics such as pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism and transport, assessment of drug effects, drug therapy in special populations and drug discovery and development.

The faculty, led by former course director Dr. Arthur J. Atkinson, Jr., has also prepared and edited a textbook, Principles of Clinical Pharmacology, Second Edition (2007) which follows the sequence of the course lectures. This textbook is highly recommended and is available in the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences, Inc. Bookstore in Bldg. 10 and through

Since the course was first offered 11 years ago, it has expanded beyond the CC to include a number of off-site partners. Last year there were approximately 225 students from 15 long distance partners in addition to the nearly 375 enrollees at NIH.

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 before Aug. 22. Certificates of participation will be awarded at the end to all students who attend 75 percent of the lectures. More information is available at or by calling Donna Shields, (301) 435-6618.

Child Care Center Staff Loses Big, Deliberately

The winning weight-loss team—Four Girls and a Guy—included (from l) Beth Levy, Brooke Sydnor, Troy Naecker, Shukriyah Satterfield and Holly Thorpe.
The winning weight-loss team—Four Girls and a Guy—included (from l) Beth Levy, Brooke Sydnor, Troy Naecker, Shukriyah Satterfield and Holly Thorpe.

The staff of the NIH Executive Child Development Center decided to take the President’s Challenge seriously this year.

Twenty women and men at the off-campus NIH child care center on Executive Blvd. formed teams and competed in a “Biggest Loser” contest as part of the NIH fitness challenge. For 12 weeks, each staff member participated in a Monday morning weigh-in. Teams wrote slogans, created logos, made T-shirts and planned activities to help lose pounds. This was in addition to their regular responsibilities of indoor and outdoor learning activities with the 260 children enrolled in the center.

The Office of Research Services salutes the winning team “Four Girls and a Guy” and congratulates the entire staff who lost a total of nearly 300 pounds, with the individual winner losing 15 percent of her body weight. The staff celebrated with a “Bring your favorite healthy food” potluck, the first of its kind for the center. They plan to continue the effort until December under the guise, “The Biggest Maintainer.”

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