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Vol. LXII, No. 3
February 5, 2010

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Robbins To Present DDM Seminar, Feb. 18

The 2009-2010 Deputy Director for Management Seminar Series,“Management and Science: Partnering for Excellence,” continues on Thursday, Feb. 18 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, with Dr. Steve Robbins in a presentation on “Diversity and Inclusion 2.0: A 21st Century Approach.” He will discuss ways to leverage diverse perspectives for creativity, innovation and achievement of organizational goals. He is the author of What If?: Short Stories to Spark Diversity Dialogue and editor of Inclusion Insights. Videocasting and sign language will be provided. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to attend should call (301) 496-6211 or the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339. For more information about the series, visit or call (301) 496-3271.

STEP Forum on Patient Advocacy and NIH

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present an Administrative Strategies forum on the topic “Patient Advocacy & NIH: Marriage by Choice or Necessity?” on Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Natcher conference center, Rms. E1/E2.

The role of patient advocacy groups in promoting public health issues has been controversial. Growing from social movement advocacy for faster development of AIDS treatments to current public-private partnerships, the relationship between NIH and patient advocates has come a long way. Should the practice of involving advocates in NIH activities become more commonplace? How and when should they serve as consultants for clinical research, in peer review or as program advisors to the institutes and centers? This STEP forum will discuss ways to facilitate working with advocacy groups and explore the benefits to NIH staff, scientists, advocates and, most importantly, patients.

NIH-Duke Training Program in Clinical Research

Applications are being accepted for the 2010-2011 NIH-Duke Training Program in Clinical Research. Implemented in 1998, the program is designed primarily for physicians and dentists who desire formal training in the quantitative and methodological principles of clinical research. Courses are offered at the Clinical Center via videoconference technology. Academic credit earned by participating in this program may be applied toward satisfying the degree requirement for a master of health sciences in clinical research from Duke University School of Medicine. The degree requires 24 credits of graded course work, plus a research project for which 12 units of credit are given. The program is designed for part-time study, allowing the student to integrate the program’s academic training with his or her clinical training.

Applications are available in the Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education, Bldg. 10, Rm. B1L403 or via email from Benita Bazemore at Additional information regarding coursework and tuition costs is available via the program web site at

Enrollment in the program is limited. Interested individuals should inquire with their NIH institute/ center regarding funding for participation. Email queries about the program may be addressed to The deadline for applying is Mar. 15. Successful applicants will be notified by July 1.

NCI Offers Online Course for Health Professionals

The National Cancer Institute announces the availability of Including Clinical Trials in Your Practice, a new interactive, online course for oncology professionals. This free tutorial is geared toward those who are interested in incorporating clinical trials into their oncology practices.

This new course emphasizes the importance of clinical trials, discusses challenges trial investigators face and offers solutions. It is a narrated tutorial consisting of 8 modules and includes case studies and exercises to enhance the user experience.

With this course, oncologists will understand the process and steps involved in weaving NCI-sponsored clinical trials into their practice. It can also serve as an orientation or a refresher on best practices.

To access the course, see

Sailing Association Open House, Feb. 25

The NIH Sailing Association invites everyone to its open house on Thursday, Feb. 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the FAES House at the corner of Old Georgetown Rd. and Cedar Ln. Would you like to learn to sail? Can you imagine being part of a group of skilled sailing instructors, enthusiasts and boat owners? The club offers instruction, sailboats for charter, racing, cruises, parties and fun. Open house is $5 at the door and includes pizza and sodas; cash bar for beer and wine, $1 each. Look for NIHSA posters and flyers around campus. For more information, visit

Chef To Demonstrate Keep the Beat Recipe on Campus

To celebrate American Heart Month this February, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and Eurest Dining Services are partnering to support awareness and prevention of heart disease through the promotion of a new cookbook, Keep the Beat Recipes: Deliciously Healthy Dinners.

On Tuesday, Feb. 23, the Bldg. 10 B1 café will host a cooking demonstration of a Keep the Beat recipe by Culinary Institute of America-trained chef/instructor David Kamen, who created many of the recipes in the book. The café will also serve a recipe from the cookbook.

The cookbook includes 75 simple and delicious recipes with an American flair, Latino roots, Mediterranean inspiration and Asian styles. All of the recipes are based on heart-healthy principles from NHLBI, reflect the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and include a nutrition analysis.  

The Eurest/NIH cafés (Bldg. 1, 10 B1 and second floor, 31, 35, Rockledge) will participate in the promotion by featuring recipes from the cookbook every Tuesday this month. The cookbooks will be sold in the Eurest cafés for $5 during February and are also available for purchase in several R&W stores around the NIH and Rockledge campuses.

National Cancer Human Biobank Meeting

The National Cancer Institute invites you to participate in a public meeting that will announce the development of a National Cancer Human Biobank that will modernize the field of biobanking and contribute to medical advances. Come learn about the planning process and mission and review the implementation, structure, timeline and funding process.

The meeting, hosted by the Office of Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research, will take place Friday, Feb. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Natcher Auditorium. For more information call (301) 594-2212 or email The session will be videocast. Visit to register for this free event.

Media Tour Boosts Flu Vaccination Week

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, conducted a satellite media tour during National Influenza Vaccination Week, which was Jan. 10-16. Fauci spoke to the Associated Press’s radio and broadcast channels and appeared on CNN’s The Situation Room to talk about how important it is for those with underlying health conditions to be protected from both the H1N1 and seasonal flu viruses by getting vaccinated. The media tour originated in NIH’s new remote video studio in Bldg. 31, a service of the Office of Communications and Public Liaison, OD.

NEI Symposium Focuses on Glaucoma, Feb. 18-19

NEI is marking its 40th anniversary with a series of symposia that gather outstanding scientists who are contributing to the advancement of vision science at the bench and in the clinic.

On Feb. 18-19, the symposium “Focus on Glaucoma” is open to the scientific community within and outside NIH. Glaucoma is a severe eye disease that affects 2.2 million Americans and is the leading cause of blindness in African Americans. The talks will cover research on: control of axon growth by retinal ganglion cells and the mechanisms of neurodegeneration; genetic defects that predispose to inherited glaucoma and computational methods supporting this research; translational medicine for glaucoma and clinical trials.

On Thursday, Feb. 18, the symposium is from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A. On Friday, it will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10.

For an agenda, visit glaucoma.asp.

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