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Vol. LXIII, No. 2
January 21, 2011
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Briefs

STEP Forum on Translating Research Advances

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present a Science in the Public Health presentation on the topic “Translating Research Advances for Health Care Providers and Patients: The Knowledge-to-Action Process,” on Tuesday, Feb. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Kirschstein Auditorium, Bldg. 45.

The clinical studies are done, the data are in—but why does it take so many years to translate clinical research into practice? Proven clinical strategies may not work in the community setting or may be slowly adopted by health care professionals and recipients. How do we move evidence-based clinical knowledge more effectively into public health and clinical community settings? This forum will explore the challenges and opportunities in implementation and dissemination of clinical research outcomes.

Human Microbiome Congress Set

The International Human Microbiome Congress will be held Mar. 9-11 at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Canada. A diverse community of international researchers from the medical, microbial and computational fields will discuss the complex relationships of the microbiome with human health and disease. Conference topics include: human microbiome in human health and disease; animal microbiomes; environmental and quantitative metagenomics; ethical, legal and social implications of human microbiome studies; and new technologies and computational tools for the study of the human microbiome. For more information, visit http://guest.cvent.com/d/vdq56d.

Registration Open for AIDS-Related Structural Biology Meeting

The development of new drugs to treat and prevent HIV/AIDS depends on understanding the basic biology of how the virus infects human cells. For 25 years, researchers supported through a special NIGMS program have been generating the structures of key viral proteins, revealing important insights into the virus’s mechanisms and, more importantly, its Achilles’ heels.

To celebrate this silver anniversary, NIGMS is hosting a meeting Mar. 28-30 that brings together researchers involved in the effort as well as the broader scientific community to reflect on past accomplishments, describe current advances and develop ideas for future AIDS-related structural biology efforts. Plenary sessions will cover the HIV life cycle, host-pathogen interactions, imaging, latency, antibody recognition and structure-based drug design and resistance. The first 2 days include afternoon poster sessions and breakout discussion groups.

The meeting will take place in Kirschstein Auditorium, Bldg. 45. It is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. For more details about the agenda, speakers and registration, visit http://meetings.nigms.nih.gov/index.cfm?event=home&ID=10905.

Nutrition Labeling Comes to Eurest Cafés

Starting Jan. 4, the Eurest Cafés at NIH began providing nutrition information on menu items including the deli, salad bar, grill and all Balanced Choices features. The nutrition information signs and pamphlets are located in each of the cafés, as well as online. The program was developed through menu planning and a software system using the USDA National Nutrient Database, along with manufacturer nutrient analysis, to provide nutrition information based on portion sizes. The new system may affect the portion size of some items. If the portion size is reduced for an item, the price will also be lowered. Patrons may participate in a Nutrition Labeling Launch in all Eurest Cafés, with samples, raffles, door prizes and more. If you have any questions or comments, contact John Crawford at crawfj@mail.nih.gov or phone (301) 402-8180.

NCI Symposium on Biospecimen Research

Registration is now open for the National Cancer Institute’s annual Biospecimen Research Network Symposium, “Advancing Cancer Research Through Biospecimen Science,” Mar. 28-29 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. Hosted by NCI’s Office of Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research, the meeting will bring together leaders in the fields of biospecimen research, genomics, proteomics, oncology, pathology, biobanking, hospital administration and pharmaceutics as well as patient advocates. For information about registration, speakers, topics and participation, visit http://brnsymposium.com.

Volunteer to Teach English

The Volunteer Program for English Proficiency at NIH is seeking new volunteer English tutors. Classes are held 4 days per week from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Bldgs. 31 and 10. Volunteer tutors do not need to have teaching experience or know a second language, though fluency in written and spoken English is required. All teaching materials and training will be provided. Tutors are asked to make a commitment to teach the students (5-10 adult learners per class) once every week. If you are interested, or would like to learn more, contact Maria G. Hessie (mhessie@niaid.nih.gov).


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