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Vol. LXI, No. 25
December 11, 2009

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NHLBI Cookbook Available at R&W

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, in coordination with the R&W stores, is now offering its new heart healthy cookbook Keep the Beat Recipes: Deliciously Healthy Dinners.

The cookbook features 75 simple and delicious recipes influenced by Asian, Latino, Mediterranean and American cuisine that are good for your heart and taste great too. More than two-thirds of the recipes were created for NHLBI by Culinary Institute of America-trained chef/instructor David Kamen and a James Beard Foundation award-winning registered dietitian with guidance from an NHLBI nutrition educator and registered dietitian. The recipes are limited in saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol and sodium as well as moderate in calories. The recipes use lean cuts of meat, poultry without the skin, fish, beans, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, small amounts of vegetable oil and lots of herbs and spices for flavor.

The cookbooks are $5 each and can also be purchased through a new Keep the Beat: Deliciously Healthy Eating web site. The site also features all of the recipes in the cookbook, which are downloadable for free, a searchable database, healthy shopping and cooking tips, an online community, videos and information for the media. Log on at for more information.

NIAAA Launches Webzine

NIAAA recently launched its first-ever “webzine.” The NIAAA Spectrum features engaging articles, short news updates and colorful graphics. Spectrum will be published three times annually and will present information on NIAAA and highlights from the alcohol research field for a wide range of audiences.

“I’m excited about the Spectrum as a new way to reach members of the public with important messages about alcohol and their health, and also as a way to engage researchers whose primary interest may not be the study of alcohol or its effects on our society. Because alcohol is enjoyed by many—and sometimes also abused—it’s an issue that can impact many of the health sciences,” said NIAAA acting director Dr. Kenneth Warren.

In addition to feature stories and news from the field, each Spectrum will feature a “charticle”—a way of visualizing data and statistics in place of a full article—as well as a photo essay and an interview with a prominent alcohol researcher or NIAAA staff member.

The NIAAA Spectrum can be found online at

NIH CFC Reaches Campaign Halfway Mark

For over 40 years, NIH has contributed to those in need by supporting the Combined Federal Campaign. Last year, NIH raised $2.474 million for the CFC, which was an all-time record. This year’s goal is $2.2 million, and just before Thanksgiving we topped $1.1 million, surpassing the halfway mark. Reaching this point means NIH’s spirit of community and generosity continues to be strong even during challenging times. But there is still far to go.

This has been a difficult year for many; charities are trying to meet increasing demands for their services while their own budgets are shrinking. Your help is needed now more than ever. One of the great features of the CFC is that you, the donor, are able to designate which charity receives your contribution. It is your opportunity to help NIH reach our goal while you support a cause that has personal meaning for you.  

If you haven’t yet made your pledge, consider giving now. Every little bit helps and if you pledge just $1 per pay period or you make a one-time pledge of $26 or more by cash or check and turn in your pledge form to your keyworker before noon on Dec. 15, your name will be entered into the annual NIH CFC R&W drawing. There are many great prizes to be had—look for details on the R&W flyer coming to a desk near you.

Your generosity truly makes a difference. To learn more about upcoming events and how you can support the NIH CFC, visit

NIH Charities Receive Gift
Dr. C. Ronald Kahn

The NIH Charities are the beneficiaries of a recent gift from the NIH Community Orchestra (NIHCO) and the Samuel Gompers-Benjamin Franklin Lodge #45, Free and Accepted Masons of the District of Columbia. Shown above at the check presentation are (from l) Jonathan Binstock (SGBF Lodge), Randy Schools, NIH R&W president, Harold Seifried (NIHCO), Gary Daum (NIHCO) and Steve Soroka (NIHCO and SGBF Lodge).

Grady Speaks on ‘Technology, Genetics And the Future’

Dr. C. Ronald Kahn  

At a recent conference of the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS) held in downtown Washington, D.C., NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady gave a talk titled “Technology, Genetics and the Future.” She discussed the ways innovative research into genetics and the integration of technological advances in the health sciences are shaping the future of nursing science.

She noted that health care research will increasingly require interdisciplinary teams. “As we look toward the future in science, we see a landscape that includes greater collaboration in health research endeavors. Collaborative teams of scientists are increasingly a hallmark of 21st century research and offer the greatest possibility of tackling the complex nature of our current health challenges.”

Also during the CANS conference, NINR held a pre- and postdoctoral research poster and networking session, attracting over 40 presenters. Dr. Yujing Liu, chief of the NINR Office of Review, gave an overview of the enhanced peer review process at NIH.

NIH ‘Green Teams’ Recycle

NIDDK’s Alex Maltsev recycles batteries while Sylvester Jackson Richard Ransom of NIDDK man the collection tables. Below, Romi Sawhney (l) of NCI and the Clinical Center’s Nicole Martino help Jackson collect materials

NCI’s Green Team partnered with NIDDK’s Green Team on Nov. 16 to celebrate America Recycles Day. They collected eyeglasses, sneakers, cell phones, VHS tapes, compact discs and batteries (estimated at over 250 pounds) at seven sites, both on and off campus. In the photo at left, NIDDK’s Alex Maltsev recycles batteries while Sylvester Jackson (l) and Richard Ransom of NIDDK man the collection tables. At right, Romi Sawhney (l) of NCI and the Clinical Center’s Nicole Martino help Jackson collect materials.

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