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NIH Record  
Vol. LXI, No. 7
  April 3, 2009
Nuland Speaks on Chinese Medicine, Western Science, Acupuncture
NIEHS Leaders Speak at Women’s History Celebration
Brain Injury Expert Discusses War Casualties
Sex, Drugs and Viral Load: Integrating HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment
‘Rethinking Drinking’ Offers Tools to Assess, Change Risky Habits
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President Directs NIH to Issue Stem Cell Research Guidelines within 120 Days

On Mar. 9, President Obama issued an executive order removing Bush administration limits on federally supported research on human embryonic stem cells and directing NIH to expand its support for human stem cell research.

“For the past 8 years, the authority of the Department of Health and Human Services, including the National Institutes of Health, to fund and conduct human embryonic stem cell research has been limited by Presidential actions,” read the order, which contained five brief sections. “The purpose of this order is to remove these limitations on scientific inquiry.”

Go for IT!
NIH To Celebrate Earth Day, Apr. 23
  The revamped Biennial Report of the Director, National Institutes of Health is available in print, via flash drive and online at An earlier CD version was distributed to Congress last year.
  This year, IT comes from the U.S.A. and you definitely would not want to find IT in your garden. It is also hard to imagine a more unlikely source of a new billion-dollar blockbuster drug than IT.

NIH will celebrate Earth Day on Thursday, Apr. 23 in conjunction with Take Your Child to Work Day. The festivities will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of Bldg. 1. Planning is under way, and so far includes a wetlands education bus with mini-classes for children; a plant swap; face painting; opportunities to take home a native Maryland tree seedling; tours of the NIH stream; educational tables on recycling, commuting options, energy conservation, waste management and more; and local vendors who will be selling lunch.