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Vol. LXI, No. 23
November 13, 2009

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STEP Forum on the ‘Musical Mind’

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present a Science for All forum on the topic “Name That Tune: The Science of the Musical Mind,” on Tuesday, Nov. 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Natcher Bldg., Rms. E1-E2.

Why does hearing a few notes from a favorite song bring back memories? Why are we moved by different genres of music? Music is the universal language of the human spirit and touches nearly every aspect of our lives. Music is used for therapeutic purposes. Neuroimaging research has shown connections with cognitive and emotional functioning, giving us valuable information about how the brain works. This forum will explore the relationship between music and the human experience. Participants will engage in different forms and expressions of music.

DDM Seminar Series Returns

The Deputy Director for Management (DDM) Seminar Series begins its fourth season in December. Speakers known for delivering meaningful insights into workplace concepts, challenges and solutions are again featured. The seminars offer employees an opportunity to advance their knowledge of best practices in a variety of leadership and management issues.

The first seminar will feature Willie Jolley on Thursday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. He will discuss key strategies for organizational success. The series continues into 2010 with three more seminars, featuring Dr. Steve Robbins on Feb. 18, Betsy Myers on Apr. 15 and Mitchell Ditkoff on June 17. These presentations will focus on inclusion for creativity and innovation, lessons in authentic leadership and high-powered teams.

The talks will be available at for those who cannot attend or when Masur Auditorium reaches capacity.

Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to attend should contact the NIH Training Center at (301) 496-6211 or the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

For more information about the DDM Seminar Series and to view previous DDM series videocasts, visit

Hoek Delivers Keller Lecture, Nov. 19

Dr. Jan B. Hoek will deliver the 2009 Mark Keller Honorary Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 1:30 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. Hoek is professor in the department of pathology, anatomy and cell biology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. The title of his talk is “Alcoholism and Its Impact on Energy Metabolism: Implications for Tissue Injury and Repair.” NIAAA established the lecture series as a tribute to Mark Keller, a pioneer in the field of alcohol research. The Keller lecturers are researchers who have made significant and long-term contributions to our understanding of alcohol’s effects and how alcohol problems can be prevented and treated.

Kastner To Give Astute Clinician Lecture

Dr. Daniel Kastner will give the Astute Clinician Lecture as part of the NIH Director’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series on Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Attendees will hear “Fevers, Genes and Histories: Adventures in the Genomics of Inflammation” from Kastner, clinical director of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, as well as deputy director of NIH’s Intramural Clinical Research Program and director of NIAMS Translational Research.

The Astute Clinician Lectureship was established in 1998 through a gift from the late Dr. Robert W. Miller and his wife, Haruko. The series honors a U.S. scientist who has observed an unusual clinical occurrence and, by investigating it, has opened an important new avenue of research. Learn more at

NCCAM Holds 10th Anniversary Symposium

On Tuesday, Dec. 8, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine will hold its 10th Anniversary Research Symposium: Exploring the Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

The symposium features speakers on natural products and mind-body medicine, including: Dr. Jeffrey I. Gordon, “The Human Gut Microbiome: Dining in with a Few Trillion Fascinating Friends”; Dr. Claire M. Fraser-Liggett, “The Role of the Human Microbiota in Health and Disease”; Dr. Joseph P. Noel, “500 Million Years of Mother Nature’s Evolving Chemical Repertoire or Why We Owe It All to Sunscreens!”; Dr. Bruce R. Rosen, “Acupuncture, Pain, and Placebo”; Dr. Richard J. Davidson, “Meditation: A Neuroscience Approach”; and keynote speaker Dr. Susan Folkman, “Stress, Coping, and Well-Being: Behavioral Science Meets Integrative Medicine.”

People have utilized some CAM therapies since ancient times and often with little scientific evidence. Since its inception in 1999, NCCAM has addressed the need to examine CAM approaches through the scope of rigorous scientific research and has supported more than 2,200 research projects at scientific institutions across the United States and around the world.

The symposium is from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and will be held in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The event is open to everyone and registration is not required. It will be videocast at For more information, visit

NIH Conference on Drug Repositioning, Dec. 4

As the cost of drug research and development continues to increase, drug repositioning, or finding new uses for drugs originally designed for another purpose, has become more important than ever. On Dec. 4, CTSA Pharmaceutical Assets Portal: Matching Academia and Industry for Drug Repositioning—a half-day conference bringing together leaders in the pharmaceutical industry, government and research—will explore current drug repositioning efforts as many pharmaceutical companies are seeing their drug pipelines dry up. Drug repositioning offers a way to explore these previously shelved assets.

The portal is a tool that aims to match researchers’ scientific knowledge of targets and diseases with the repositioning needs of the pharmaceutical industry to potentially increase the number of approved drugs for alternative uses. Sponsored by the National Center for Research Resources, NCI and the Clinical Center, the conference will take place from 9 a.m. to noon in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. Registration is requested by Nov. 25 at The event also will be videocast at For details, contact Monica Barnette at (301) 650-8660.

NIDDK Has New Publications

NIDDK recently published two new fact sheets on the topic of diabetes.

Many people who have diabetes need help paying for their care. For those who qualify, a variety of governmental and nongovernmental programs can help cover health care expenses. Financial Help for Diabetes Care helps people with diabetes and their family members find and access such resources.

The publication reviews the two government-funded health care assistance programs, Medicare and Medicaid, as well as other health care services available for people with diabetes. It also lists organizations that address financial concerns about prescription drugs and medical supplies, prosthetic care, dialysis and kidney transplantation and provides suggestions for finding local resources. The publication is available at

The publication Alternative Devices for Taking Insulin explains the most common alternative devices in delivering insulin besides needles and syringes and explains the importance of consistent monitoring of blood glucose levels to prevent diabetes complications.

In addition, the fact sheet explains new devices for taking insulin currently under development, including an artificial pancreas—a system of mechanical devices that will automatically adjust insulin delivery based on changes in glucose levels. The fact sheet is available at

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