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NIH Record  
Vol. LXII, No. 5
  March 5, 2010
STEP Forum Explores Headaches
OEODM Hosts Future Scientists, Calls for Scientist Volunteers
NIH, Jackson Medical Mall Mark Third Year Of Health Information Collaboration
Conference Examines Impact of Military Service On Families, Caregivers
NLM Launches Mobile MedlinePlus
Play Celebrates Darwin’s Impact
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Employees Rally Around Relief Efforts
Longtime NIH-Funded HIV/AIDS Research Suffers in Haiti Quake
  Annette Edwards (l) and Rachel N. West pack up supplies for Haiti relief.
  Annette Edwards (l) and Rachel N. West pack up supplies for Haiti relief.

The catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti’s capital city on Jan. 12 dealt a serious blow to NIH research interests there. GHESKIO, which is a French acronym for the Haitian Group for the Study of Kaposi’s Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections, was established in 1982 as the first institution in the world exclusively dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS. The organization’s founder and director, Dr. Jean Pape, is a longtime NIH grantee.

Early Reports Unimaginable

In a statement emailed to employees on Jan. 15, NIH director Dr. Francis Collins said, “The thoughts and prayers of all of us have been with the people suffering from the horrendous effects of Tuesday’s earthquake in Haiti—those in the country and those with friends and family there. Haiti is part of the NIH family. We have 27 research projects in Haiti, primarily on HIV/AIDS and related conditions, supported by a number of NIH institutes and centers including NIAID, NICHD, NIDCR, NIAAA, NIMH, FIC and NCI…Our sincere gratitude goes out to all who are contributing to the relief efforts through donations and volunteer activities to help Haiti respond to this terrible tragedy.”

Intersection of Violence and Medicine
Where Interventions in the Lives of Young Black Men Can Make a Difference
  Dr. John Rich gives WALS talk in Masur.
  Dr. John Rich gives WALS talk in Masur.

On its face, it may not seem natural to treat urban violence as a medical concern. But Dr. John Rich, a professor and chair of the department of health management and policy at Drexel University’s School of Public Health, made a compelling case for doing so during his recent Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series appearance at Masur Auditorium.

Rich, a physician, is also director of both the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice and the Center for Academic Public Health Practice at Drexel. He’s won a MacArthur Foundation grant, or “genius award,” for his innovative work in the area of understanding and preventing traumatic violence in inner-city youth and has been awarded funding from NIMH as well as the CDC. He has also recently published a book, Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Trauma and Violence in the Lives of Young Black Men.