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NIH Record  
Vol. LXII, No. 24
  November 26, 2010
ORWH Celebrates Two Decades of Women’s Health Research
Nobel Laureate Greider Gives Aging Lecture, Dec. 1
NIH’ers Organize PHS Presence at Army 10-Miler
USAID Administrator Shah To Give 2010 Barmes Lecture
NIH Exceeds ‘Feds Feed Families’ Goal
Knipe To Give Straus Lecture, Dec. 10 in Lipsett Amphitheater
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Tips on Surviving the Winter Ahead
FAES Announces Spring Courses
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Whole New IT Needed
Hood Predicts a Medicine Based on Preserving Wellness
  Dr. Leroy Hood
  Dr. Leroy Hood

When Dr. Leroy “Lee” Hood says that the future of medicine will be characterized by four P’s (predictive, preventive, personalized and participatory—and yes, former NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni seems to have coined the expression around May 2006, substituting “pre-emptive” for preventive), it’s best to give him the benefit of the doubt. After all, he and colleagues invented the technology that made the Human Genome Project possible, a feat he predicted, among other places, at a talk at NIH in 1990.

On the basis of his track record alone, it’s safe to spot Hood the fifth P—prophetic.

Leader for the past decade of the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, Hood addressed an NCI seminar at Natcher Bldg.’s Kirchstein Auditorium on Oct. 2. If there is a more committed believer in the power of technology to transform health care, NIH has yet to meet him or her.

Speakers Urge Renewed Commitment to Diversity
  Bismarck Myrick
  Bismarck Myrick

Workplaces, especially federal ones, strive for diversity but can often fall short. This is true at NIH, but the agency isn’t alone. Members of the NIH leadership and guests from other parts of the government shared their insights recently at the annual “A Time for Diversity” event at the Natcher Bldg.

Dr. Lawrence Tabak, NIH principal deputy director, opened the event by reminding attendees why it is so critical to keep diversity top-of-mind in carrying out the NIH mission.

“Diversity is vital in labs, offices and hospital rooms, but also in the way we communicate our science to others,” he said. “We could easily take it for granted if we did not stop to recognize its value. Through commitment and consistency to diversity we can accomplish anything. We must acknowledge and embrace our differences, as natural as these differences are, and incorporate different perspectives into our work.”