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Vol. LX, No. 17
August 22, 2008

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NIH Institute Relay Now Recruiting Teams

The 25th NIH Institute Challenge Relay—sponsored by the R&W Association, members of the original NIH Health’s Angels and the ORS Division of Amenities and Transportation Services— is set for Thursday, Sept. 18 at 11:30 a.m. in front of Bldg. 1. The relay consists of 5-person teams, with each member running a ½-mile loop around Bldg.1. Employees and contractors from all institutes and centers are welcome to enter as many teams as they wish. Teams must include men and women, with at least two runners of the same sex. Winning teammates will have their names added to the Allen Lewis NIH Memorial Trophy on display at the Bldg. 31 Fitness Center. Now’s the time to assemble your team(s) and create that unique moniker everyone will remember. The entry fee is $10 per team. Email your group leader name, team name and participants to In addition, volunteers to help with the race can contact David Browne or Julie Harris at (301) 496-6061 or email

FAES Graduate School Opens House, Aug. 26

Join FAES for its fall 2008 semester Graduate School Open House on Tuesday, Aug. 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. at FAES House, 9101 Old Georgetown Rd. (across from the fire station). Refreshments will be served and registration for the fall semester will be accepted. Walk-in registration will be held Sept. 2-9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (extra hours Monday, Sept. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m.) in Bldg. 60 (the Cloisters), Rm. 236 & 237.

Register for Clinical Research Course

Registration for the 2008-2009 Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research course has begun. The course will run from Oct. 27 through Mar. 17, 2009. Classes will be held on campus on Monday and Tuesday evenings from 5 to approximately 6:30. There is no charge for the course; the textbook Principles and Practice of Clinical Research, Second Edition is suggested as supplemental information. A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the course, which is based on a final exam.

Approximately 833 students registered for the 2007-2008 course, which was also broadcast to 17 domestic and international locations. For more information or to register, visit or call the NIH Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education at (301) 496-9425. Deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 17. Email confirmation will be sent to those accepted into the program. For reasonable accommodation to participate, call at least 7 business days before the event.

NCI Cohosts Meeting on Biomedical Informatics

Biomedical Informatics Without Borders, a joint conference of the National Cancer Institute and the U.K. National Cancer Research Institute, will be held Sept. 2-3. Organized by the NCI cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG) initiative and the NCRI Informatics Initiative, the meeting will highlight global grid initiatives and tools that are changing the biomedical research landscape through shared data, technologies and collaboration. There will be sessions for both technical and scientific audiences. Whether your focus is biomedical informatics development or the use of these tools for basic and clinical research problems, you will find resources and potential collaborators to help you work more effectively. The meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda. For more information and to register, visit Registration is free and open to the public.

Cancer Prevention Fellowship

The Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP) at the National Cancer Institute is accepting applications for 2009 fellows from now through Sept. 1. It offers training toward an M.P.H. degree at an accredited university during the first year, followed by mentored research with NCI investigators. The CPFP provides competitive stipends, paid health insurance, reimbursement for moving expenses and a travel allowance to attend scholarly meetings or training. The typical duration in the CPFP is 4 years. To be eligible, applicants must possess an M.D., Ph.D., J.D., or other doctoral degree in a related discipline. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. To learn more visit or contact cpfpcoordinator@

Parenting Seminars Target Back-to-School

A series of free parenting workshops will be held in September to address age-specific issues as kids go back to school. All are held on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in Bldg. 50, Rm. 1227. On Sept. 3, “Preschool through Grade School” will be presented by Sue Cohen. On Sept. 10, speaker Hazel Osborn will discuss “Middle School.” And on Sept. 17, a presentation titled “High School” will be offered by Fred Evans. Those needing reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Tonya Lee at (301) 402-8180. The talks are sponsored by the NIH child care board and the Division of Amenities and Transportation Services, ORS, and are available via videocast at

U.S., China Sign MOU on Traditional Chinese Medicine Research

HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt (r) and China’s Vice Minister of Health Wang Guoqiang (c) sign a memorandum of understanding

HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt (r) and China’s Vice Minister of Health Wang Guoqiang (c) sign a memorandum of understanding at NIH on June 16 to foster collaboration between scientists in both countries in research on integrative and traditional Chinese medicine. The signing was followed by a 2-day Traditional Chinese Medicine Research Roundtable coordinated by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, NCI’s Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the Fogarty International Center. The roundtable featured scientific presentations by researchers and government officials from China and the United States.

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