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Vol. LXI, No. 20
October 2, 2009

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Collins To Open 2009 Research Festival

NIH director Dr. Francis Collins will kick off the 2009 NIH Research Festival at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6 with opening remarks followed by a timely opening plenary session: Influenza A—Pathogenesis and Pandemics. The plenary session takes place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. At 8:30 a.m., symposium attendees can enjoy a continental breakfast.

The influenza A virus shows enormous adaptability in the evasion of immunity that builds up in the human population resulting in new drift and pandemic strains. The emergence of new strains, the pathogenesis of virus in the human and animal or avian reservoir host and the development of vaccines, including new methods to probe the antibody response to vaccines, will be addressed in presentations and discussions.

This year’s festival, co-chaired by Dr. John O’Shea, NIAMS, and Dr. Kathryn Zoon, NIAID, offers 19 other symposia, a showcase of more than 400 posters, the 2010 FARE Awards ceremony, numerous special exhibits on resources for the intramural research community and, of course, the popular exhibit tent show. Festival events continue through Oct. 9. To obtain program information, visit

NLM Film Series Focuses on Evolution

For over 100 years, filmmakers have imaginatively responded to Darwin’s theory of evolution. An NLM film series is featuring evolutionary monsters; evolutionary morality; degeneration, extinction and perfection; clashes between evolutionary theory and religious belief; human meddling with the “natural” course of evolution; and lots of scientists, dinosaurs, ape people, supermen and cavewomen.

Four programs remain in the series; each is held Wednesdays at noon and 6 p.m. The evening shows feature introductory speakers. The series is free and open to the public and is held in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

Oct. 7, Television evolution: Outer Limits, “The Sixth Finger” (50 min., 1963, with David McCallum); Star Trek, “Space Seed” (50 min., 1966, with William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Ricardo Montalban) Introduced by Mike Sappol, NLM

Oct. 14, The Time Machine (103 min., 1960, dir. George Pal, with Rod Taylor, Yvette Mimieux) Introduced by David Cantor, NLM

Oct. 21, Planet of the Apes (112 min., 1968, with Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall; screenplay by Michael Wilson & Rod Serling) Introduced by Andrew Nolan, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Oct. 28, Evolution: What About God? (55 min.) (2002; PBS/WGBH documentary) Introduced by Paul Theerman, NLM, with discussion afterward.

NIH Camera Club Holds Contest

The annual open competition of the NIH Camera Club will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Classic Residence by Hyatt, 8100 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase.

Categories include monochrome prints, color prints, color slides and digital images. Entry fee is $2 per image and individuals may enter up to 4 images in each category. In each category, first place winners will receive $30, second place $20, third place $10, and honorable mention awards will receive a ribbon. Rules for submission can be found at For more information, contact Lewis Lorton at

Help NIH Better Inform Consumers

The NIH Office of Communications and Public Liaison and the NIH Director’s Council of Public Representatives have developed a Consumer Health Request for Information (RFI). This RFI will provide insight and better understanding of the health information needs and information-seeking behaviors of NIH health consumer audiences. Your participation will help enhance our efforts to provide scientifically based health information to the general public. Take a moment to visit for details on how to complete the NIH Consumer Health RFI.

NEI, FDA Hold Endpoints Symposium

The National Eye Institute and the Food and Drug Administration are sponsoring an Oct. 13 conference to determine how vision-related patient-reported outcomes might be used to improve medical product labeling in ophthalmology.

This meeting, part of an NEI/FDA series of Endpoints Symposia, will explore the issues and challenges related to patient-reported information in ophthalmology. Participants will also look at FDA guidelines for using patient-reported outcomes and how they are incorporated for medical devices and drugs.

Faculty will include authorities in refractive surgery, cataract surgery, glaucoma and retina. FDA representatives will present insights about how the agency reviews and evaluates patient-reported outcome instruments, while industry representatives will talk about the specific issues involved in developing instruments, ophthalmic drugs and biologics.

Visit to register and download the full agenda.

Billie Jean King Boosts NIH Charities
Photo: Amy Snyder

Tennis star Billie Jean King (c) topped all bidders with $5,000 to help the charities. At left is Heidi Grolig, executive director of Friends of the Clinical Center (FOCC), which provides emergency aid to patients and their families at the CC. At right is R&W President Randy Schools.

In July, the Washington Kastles, the local World Team Tennis squad, selected NIH Charities to be the beneficiary of a between-match auction among spectators. Auction items, donated by Geico, included Super Bowl tickets and transportation to the game. Tennis star Billie Jean King (c) topped all bidders with $5,000 to help the charities. At left is Heidi Grolig, executive director of Friends of the Clinical Center (FOCC), which provides emergency aid to patients and their families at the CC. At right is R&W President Randy Schools. At all 8 Kastles home games, volunteers from NIH manned a booth sponsored by Geico and gave out information on Camp Fantastic, the Children’s Inn at NIH and FOCC. The team, which featured Serena Williams, won the WTT championship. King said she was glad to assist the NIH Charities


2009 CFC Calendar of Events

The 2009 Combined Federal Campaign kicked off Oct. 1 with an event on the plaza between Bldgs. 31 and 33. Upcoming campaign events include:

  • Giddy’up Horse Derby, Thursday, Oct. 8, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Rockledge cluster
  • Jeopardy for $2.2 Million, IC Directors Event, Thursday, Oct. 22, 10-11:30 a.m., Bldg. 1
  • Let’s Dress Up, R&W Halloween Party, Thursday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Bldg. 31
  • Wii Play!, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 11 a.m. -1 p.m., Neuroscience Bldg.

Outdoor Film Festival Draws 50K+ Patrons

Entertainer Anil Rock is dwarfed by the big screen as he performs before the movies The audience for the movie Twilight enjoys a picnic

The 13th annual Comcast Film Festival drew more than 50,000 patrons to the grounds of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association & Strathmore Aug. 14-21. In addition to the 8 free movies, food was available and a raffle was held to benefit the NIH Charities (Friends of the Clinical Center, the Children’s Inn and Camp Fantastic/Special Love). Audiences saw a mix of current movie hits such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Dark Knight along with classics such as Singing in the Rain. The largest attendance was for Slumdog Millionaire, with over 7,000 on hand. In the photo above (l), entertainer Anil Rock is dwarfed by the big screen as he performs before the movies. Above (r), the audience for the movie Twilight enjoys a picnic—the movie festival is a great place for friends to gather and share their summer experiences.


In the Sept. 18 issue of the NIH Record, we inaccurately reported that Sen. Edward Kennedy held the first-ever congressional hearing on AIDS in 1987. The first-ever congressional hearing on AIDS was held in April 1982 by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA). There were also other hearings on AIDS before Kennedy’s 1987 hearing.

Rauscher To Give Khoury Lecture

Dr. Frank J. Rauscher, III, will present the annual George Khoury Lecture as part of the Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series on Oct. 14 at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. As professor and founder of the Gene Expression and Regulation Program, deputy director for basic science at the Wistar Institute Cancer Center in Philadelphia and editor-in-chief of Cancer Research, Rauscher will present “Gridlock on the Genomic Beltway: How Epigenetic Gene Silencing Shapes our Cellular Phenotypes.” The lecture is also available via live webcast at Contact Sarah Freeman at (301) 594-6747 or with questions.

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