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Vol. LXII, No. 2
January 22, 2010

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Volunteer To Teach English

The Volunteer Program for English Proficiency (VPEP) holds weekly classes, Monday-Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Bldgs. 31 and 10. The program hopes to recruit new volunteers. Volunteer instructors do not need to have teaching experience or know another language. All teaching materials and training will be provided. The only requirement is a commitment to teach class during one lunch period every week. If interested, contact Maria G. Hessie ( for more information. VPEP also has sites at Rockledge (which opened Jan. 11) and Executive Plaza South (which opened Sept. 21, 2008) but both venues are currently fully staffed.

Pioglitazone Severe Asthma Clinical Trial

Patients with severe asthma may be eligible to participate in a study at the Clinical Research Center. The purpose of the study is to determine if a widely used agent for diabetes can improve asthma. Eligible patients will receive a comprehensive evaluation. There is no cost for participating in the study. For more information, contact our research coordinator, toll free, at 1-877-NIH-LUNG (1-877-644-5864), ext. 2 or via email at You may also contact the NIH Patient Recruitment and Public Liaison Office via TTY 1-866-411-1010.

Eczema Skin Study in Children

The Eczema Skin Study looks at how microbes such as bacteria and fungi contribute to the skin condition of atopic dermatitis, or eczema. The study needs children ages 2-12 with eczema who have a primary care physician and who are willing to travel to the Clinical Center. Interested individuals who are eligible to participate will have their skin evaluated and sampled, as well as have a consultation with a board-certified dermatologist. A small blood sample will be collected. Qualified participants will receive compensation for their time. For more information to see if your child qualifies, call 1-888-NIH-DERM.

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