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Vol. LXII, No. 1
January 8, 2010
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Briefs

STEP Forum on Nanotechnology and Food

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present a Science in the Public Health forum on the topic “Out of the Lab and into Our Lunch: Nanotechnology and Food” on Thursday, Jan. 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

Do you know that nanotechnology is being used to modify some foods you eat? This is not science fiction—hundreds of nanofoods are on the market already. Nanotechnology has the potential to improve our food supply, making it tastier, healthier and more nutritious. Yet little is known about how nanoparticles behave in the body or the toxic effects they could have. What is the science behind nanofoods? What are their potential benefits and risks? You may be surprised at some of the answers.

NEI 40th Anniversary Event

A series of symposia are being organized to commemorate NEI’s 40th anniversary and to showcase the interface between vision and diverse aspects of biology and medicine. The goal of these symposia is to foster collaborative interactions with colleagues within and outside the NIH research community and to promote new initiatives for understanding the biology of vision and blindness.

“Symposium on Stem Cell Therapies: From Degeneration to Regeneration” will be held Tuesday, Jan. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

Upcoming symposia include:

Focus on Glaucoma—Feb. 18-19

Sayer Vision Research Lecture—Mar. 10

Translational Research and Vision—June 24-25

For a complete program listing, visit www.nei.nih.gov/anniversary/symposia/.

Oncology Fellowship Opportunities

The interagency oncology task force, a joint initiative between NCI and FDA, has announced fellowship training opportunities for Ph.D.s, M.D.s, and M.D./Ph.D.s or their equivalents in cancer-related scientific research and research-related regulatory review. The objective of the IOTF Joint Fellowship Program is to train a core of scientists in cancer research and regulatory review to develop skills that bridge the two processes. Fellows will learn to build awareness of regulatory requirements into the early stages of medical product development and will devise strategies to improve planning throughout the research and regulatory review phases. Fellows will also learn how to bring state-of-the-art knowledge and technology to bear on the design, conduct and review of clinical trials. More information about the program fellowships can be found at http://iotftraining.nci.nih.gov.

Summer Camp Guide 2010

NIH is offering Summer Camp Guide 2010 at four locations on four different days, sponsored by the Office of Research Services’ Division of Amenities and Transportation Services.

Wednesday, Jan. 13, Bldg. 10, B1 cafeteria

Thursday, Jan. 14, Rockledge I (6705), 4th floor cafeteria

Tuesday, Jan. 19, Bldg. 31 cafeteria

Wednesday, Jan. 20, Executive Plaza North (6130) lobby

Attend one of these events to pick up the 2010 Summer Camp Guide and samples of camp brochures. The guide contains summer activities in Virginia, Maryland and D.C. It separates the camps by cost, type and activities. It also includes additional resources to survey your child’s interests. Camp vendors will not be on site. However, a child care referral specialist and NIH staff will be available to help you get started. With summer only a few months away, now is the time to begin researching quality summer programs for your children. All services are free of charge to all NIH staff.

Those who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Tonya Lee at (301) 402-8180, 5 days prior to the event.

NCRR Hosts CTSA Industry Forum, Feb. 17-18

On Feb. 17 and 18, the National Center for Research Resources will present a Clinical and Translational Science Award industry forum: Promoting Efficient and Effective Collaborations among Academia, Government and Industry. Designed to explore ways to streamline development of new drugs, devices and diagnostics, the forum will focus on current practices and successful management models to improve this process. NIH director Dr. Francis Collins will deliver the opening address, “Why Industry and Academia Should Work Together: An NIH Perspective.”

The forum will take place in the Natcher Conference Center. Both days will begin at 8 a.m.; a poster session and networking reception will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the first day. The event is free and open to the public. Posters are due by Monday, Feb. 1 and registration is requested by Feb. 5. To register or submit a poster, visit www.palladianpartners.com/CTSAIndustryForum. The forum will be videocast at http://videocast.nih.gov.

R&W Plays Santa at Goodwill Dinner

On Dec. 16, NIH’s R&W, in association with Bethesda’s Hyatt Regency Hotel, hosted the annual Goodwill Dinner. “We chair the event along with various members of the community who come together,” said Randy Schools, R&W president. “We served 409 individuals in need in our community, made sure every homeless person had a backpack filled with longjohns, hats, gloves and hand warmers. Everyone gets gifts, including items from Santa for children in shelters.” The 21st annual Goodwill Dinner welcomed families from A Wider Circle, National Center for Families & Children, the Scotland Community and Bethesda Cares, plus adults from Magruder’s Discovery, Waverly House, Bethesda Place and Bethesda Cares.

Vanpool Ponies Up for Inn Gift

Pictured are (from l) OD’s Christine McCray, vanpool co-coordinator; Fern Stone, director of development and public relations at the inn; and vanpool co-coordinator Dr. Rosemary Wong of NCI.

NIH Columbia VPSI vanpool #23601, which has been in operation since Mar. 1, 2006, recently made a gift to the Children’s Inn at NIH. Using money collected from part-time riders who pay for their lifts, the pool donated $300 to the inn. Pictured are (from l) OD’s Christine McCray, vanpool co-coordinator; Fern Stone, director of development and public relations at the inn; and vanpool co-coordinator Dr. Rosemary Wong of NCI. The money was to be used to purchase holiday gifts for inn residents. “The selection of the Children’s Inn to be the recipient was a logical choice since the vanpool riders have benefited tremendously through the past years by participating in the NIH Transhare program and believe in the great work that the NIH does especially in treating and care for children with different diseases,” said Wong.

NIH Toastmasters Club Marks 40 Years

Founding charter member of the NIH Toastmasters Club Dr. Padman Sarma (r) receives a plaque from club president Dr. Jonah Odim, senior scientific and medical officer in NIAID’s Transplantation Biology Branch
Founding charter member of the NIH Toastmasters Club Dr. Padman Sarma (r) receives a plaque from club president Dr. Jonah Odim, senior scientific and medical officer in NIAID’s Transplantation Biology Branch, in appreciation of Padman’s 40 years of “outstanding support and mentorship of the club.” Club members met at a local restaurant recently to celebrate the group’s 40th anniversary. The Toastmasters welcome new members. The club meets on Fridays at noon in Bldg. 38, 2nd fl., Conf. Rm. B. For information, call Odim at (301) 541-3138.

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