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Vol. LXII, No. 18
September 3, 2010

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NICHD Hosts Infant Mortality Awareness 5K

All HHS staffers are invited to run, walk or roll their wheelchairs to raise awareness about infant mortality. NICHD is sponsoring a 5K event on Thursday, Sept. 16 in conjunction with Infant Mortality Awareness Month. The race kicks off at 11 a.m. from the starting line at Bldg. 1. Research and public health advances by NIH and sister HHS agencies have contributed to a general decline in infant mortality in recent years. “We’ve made progress, but much work needs to be done,” said Dr. Regina James, director, NICHD Division of Special Populations. The infant mortality rate for the overall U.S. population is 6.68 infant deaths per 1,000 live births. However, James noted, the rate is much higher for certain groups: 13.35 per 1,000 births for non-Hispanic blacks, 8.01 for Puerto Ricans and 8.28 for American Indians/Alaska natives. HHS employees are encouraged to come to the event to learn about these issues, current research and the agenda for future research efforts to further reduce infant death rates in the U.S. and around the world. For more information about the event, an agenda and a course map, visit

VFC Holds 7th Expo, Sept. 17

The NIH visiting fellows committee will host its 7th annual International Opportunities Expo on Friday, Sept. 17 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Natcher Conference Center. The expo provides an opportunity for NIH graduate students and postdoctoral fellows interested in careers abroad to network with science and technology representatives from embassies, funding agencies and other organizations with a global presence. This year, in addition to the exhibitor fair and informational talks, the expo will include panel sessions that focus on issues specific to fellows exploring career paths abroad. Topics include Developing and Maintaining Global Professional Networks, Finding a Job Abroad, Non-Bench Career Paths and Hot Research Topics Worldwide.

In addition, the Fogarty International Center is sponsoring a reception for exhibitors, panelists and participating fellows at the Lawton Chiles International House (Stone House) immediately after the expo. The reception is an opportunity for fellows to network in a social atmosphere.

Expo information and registration for fellows and the reception can be found at

OITE Hosts Community College Day, Oct. 1

The NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education will host the 2010 Community College Day on Friday, Oct. 1 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Natcher Conference Center. Community college students and faculty will visit the NIH campus to learn about careers and training opportunities in biomedical and health care fields. For more information and to register, go to

Symposium Kicks Off ORWH’s Third Decade

In honor of its 20th anniversary, the Office of Research on Women’s Health will hold a day-long symposium on Monday, Sept. 27, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in Natcher Conference Center. The event will include a summary of accomplishments and offer a preview of the next decade with “A Vision for the Year 2020.” Some advances involve medical differences between women and men, as well as implications for sex-gender appropriate clinical care and personalized medicine.

Dr. Vivian Pinn, who has directed ORWH since 1991, will welcome back to campus Dr. Bernadine Healy, the former NIH director who launched the Women’s Health Initiative—a $625 million effort to study the causes, prevention and cures of diseases that affect women at midlife and later. The WHI uncovered evidence that combined hormone replacement therapy can carry a greater risk than previously thought for heart attack and stroke, particularly in older women. Healy’s keynote talk will be about how visions from the past lead to our future.

Also speaking will be Dr. Linda G. Griffith of MIT, who will discuss women in science, as well as the integration of tissue engineering and systems biology in women’s health research. A special guest, scheduled to speak about the importance to women of research on high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, is Cicely Tyson. She has won two Emmy Awards and been nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal of strong, positive African-American women.

For more information about this free and open scientific symposium, visit or call (301) 402-1770.

Workshop on VA, CTSA Resource Sharing

The National Center for Research Resources’ Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program and the Veterans Health Administration will sponsor a 1-day workshop designed to encourage collaboration and resource sharing among members of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the CTSA consortium. “Opportunities for Collaborative Clinical and Translational Science: Enhancing Clinical Phenotyping,” will be held Tuesday, Sept. 28, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Natcher conference center. Geneticist and lupus researcher Dr. John B. Harley will give the keynote presentation, “Genomics in Clinical Science: Exploiting the Data Tsunami for Lupus.” Register for the event by Sept. 17 at For more information, visit or contact Alexander Ommaya at (202) 461-1695 or

Join the HHS Mentoring Program in October

Permanent federal employees interested in serving as mentors and mentees across the NIH community are invited to join the NIH October 2010 cohort of the HHS Mentoring Program. Building a confidential, interactive relationship is the cornerstone of the program. It emphasizes developing leadership and management competencies at various levels to ensure a beneficial experience for both mentors and mentees. Program components include senior-to-junior and peer-to-peer mentoring, online application and matching system to connect individuals, mentor-mentee online orientation, 1-year mentoring relationship and professional development events and activities.

As a tool in employee development, the HHS Mentoring Program does not supplant the NIH scientific mentoring and customized institute/center leadership mentoring available to employees in some ICs. Instead, it fills a need and enables NIH-wide or operating division-wide relationships. For more information, including links to online registration and upcoming information sessions,visit

Conference on Clinical Research for Rare Diseases

The Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network and NCRR’s Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program will hold a 1-day conference on conducting clinical research in rare diseases. It will be held Tuesday, Sept. 21 at the Bethesda North Marriott. The keynote address will be given by John Crowley, former CEO of Novazyme Pharmaceuticals and president and CEO of Amicus Therapeutics, Inc. For more details and to register, visit

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