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Vol. LXIII, No. 11
May 27, 2011

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Lecture on Bringing Scientific Evidence into Clinical Practice

Dr. Eneida Mendonça

Dr. Eneida Mendonça

The NLM’s Extramural Programs Informatics Lecture Series for the 175th Anniversary will feature Dr. Eneida Mendonça, who will present “Bringing Scientific Evidence into Clinical Practice: Challenges, Successes and Failures,” on Wednesday, June 8 at 2 p.m. in Bldg. 45, balcony A.

Mendonça is a visiting associate professor in biostatistics and medical informatics and an associate director for the informatics core of the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research at the University of Wisconsin. She received her medical degree from the Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil and her Ph.D. in biomedical informatics from Columbia University. Her research has focused on the use of natural language processing in both biomedical literature and in electronic medical record narratives in order to identify knowledge relevant to medical decision-making in the context of patient care. She currently serves as director of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) board, chair of AMIA’s publications committee and is a member of the partnership for policy implementation committee at the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The lecture will also be available through NIH videocast. Refreshments will be provided following the lecture. For more information, or to request reasonable accommodation to participate, call (301) 496-8640.

NCI’s Neuro-Oncology Branch Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

For more than a decade, the Neuro-Oncology Branch Brain Tumor Clinic has been giving patients the ability to hope for a cure. Patients receive individualized attention from experts and access to new therapies and procedures that are often unavailable elsewhere, free of charge.

The clinic is one of only a few places in the country where advances in science and clinical medicine come together and where bioinformaticians, statisticians, molecular biologists, oncologists, radiologists and nurses all work as a team toward one goal. This integrated approach helps speed the discovery of clues to better understand and treat brain tumors.

To learn more about the branch and clinic, watch a video ( or visit

Physicians who would like to refer a patient should call (301) 594-6767. The clinical staff will work with you to form an expert care team for your patient. Patients who wish to have a second opinion, have abnormalities on MRI scans or may be appropriate for clinical trials should call (866) 251-9686 to make an appointment.

Hogan To Give Rodbell Lecture at NIEHS

Dr. Brigid Hogan

Dr. Brigid Hogan

Developmental biologist Dr. Brigid Hogan will give the 2011 Martin Rodbell Lecture on Tuesday, June 14 at NIEHS. She will explore the topic “New Perspectives on Stem Cells and Lung Disorders,” in a talk that begins at 11 a.m. in Rodbell Auditorium.

Hogan is a professor and chair of the department of cell biology at Duke University. Educated at Cambridge University in her native England, she was head of the Laboratory of Molecular Embryology at the National Institute for Medical Research in London before joining the faculty at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. Among her many honors, she has been selected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine, as well as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Royal Society of London.

In her work with the human lung, Hogan and her lab have focused on the biology of embryonic stem cells and primordial germ cells and the process of organogenesis, the development of a complex and specialized organ from a small population of undifferentiated stem cells. According to Hogan, potential applications of her research could include accelerating lung development in premature babies, better understanding the lung’s response to environmental toxins, irradiation and disorders such as asthma and discovering how to generate endodermal cells from undifferentiated embryonic stem cells.

The Rodbell Lecture, now in its 13th year, honors former NIEHS scientific director Dr. Martin Rodbell, who shared the 1994 Nobel prize in physiology or medicine for the discovery of G-proteins.

Camp Fantastic BBQ Set for June 14

The Recreation & Welfare Association will host the annual Camp Fantastic BBQ on Tuesday, June 14, on the Bldg. 31A patio from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. R&W has been spearheading this event since the camp was established in 1983. Camp Fantastic provides quality pograms for children living with cancer. Come out for an afternoon of good food, live music, dancing, games and more. Lunch will be served in two shifts and includes choice of two sandwiches, chips, coleslaw, a drink and funnel cake. Tickets are $10 per person. To order tickets stop by any R&W store or call (301) 496-4600.

Representatives of the Office of Research Facilities, Office of Research Services, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. and Jacobs Project Management Co. were on hand at a recent signing ceremony to adopt safe work practices during construction of the second phase of the Porter Neuroscience Research Center.

Representatives of the Office of Research Facilities, Office of Research Services, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. and Jacobs Project Management Co. were on hand at a recent signing ceremony to adopt safe work practices during construction of the second phase of the Porter Neuroscience Research Center.

NIH, Contractors Sign Porter II Safety Agreement

NIH, in partnership with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. and Jacobs Project Management Co. recently agreed to adopt safe work practices that go above federal regulations during construction of the second phase of the Porter Neuroscience Research Center (PNRC II).

As part of OSHA’s Strategic Partnership Program, these agreements are designed to recognize efforts to eliminate serious hazards and achieve model workplace safety and health practices. The partnership offers a transparent review of the contractor’s safety program with periodic inspections by OSHA. Goals include reducing work-related injuries below the national average, zero incidents related to crane operations and reducing the number of at-risk conditions and behaviors.

Only a few federal agencies have pursued this safety initiative. The partnership evolved from the Office of Research Facilities’ existing Contractor Safety Program, which establishes minimum contract employee training requirements and accident prevention plans.

Phase II of the PNRC consists of: an expansion to the vivarium facility; behavioral, tissue culture and electrophysiology laboratories; an imaging suite; laboratory support space such as break rooms, offices, lockers, conference rooms and a café. Research will be conducted by NINDS, NIMH, NIDCD, NICHD, NEI, NIDCR and NIBIB in the new facility.

Tae Kwon Do Beginner’s Class Starts June 6

The NIH Tae Kwon Do School is offering a beginner’s class for adults and mature teens starting Monday, June 6. The curriculum combines traditional striking arts, forms, sparring and basic aikido techniques with emphasis on self-defense. No experience is necessary. Classes meet in the Malone Center (Bldg. 31C, B4 level, next to the NIH Fitness Center) from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays (6-7 p.m. Fridays, optional). Registration fee is $50 and includes 10 weeks of beginner’s class and a uniform costs $40. Interested persons are welcome to watch regular training sessions. For information call Lewis Sloter, (301) 213-5841 or visit www.recgov. org/r&w/nihtaekwondo.html.

Dr. Brad Hesse

Dr. Brad Hesse

Hesse To Lecture on Communicating Genetics, June 6 at Natcher

The trans-NIH working group on genetics for the public announces the first lecture in its “Communicating Genomics” series. Dr. Brad Hesse, chief, NCI Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch, will speak on “Communicating Genetics/Genomics to the Public: What You Need to Know.” The lecture will take place Monday, June 6 at 11 a.m. in Natcher Conference Center, Rm. D. All are invited.

Conference on Toxicogenomics, Environmental Sciences , Sept. 15-16 in Chapel Hill, NC

The third Toxicogenomics Integrated with Environmental Sciences Conference will take place Sept. 15-16 at the University of North Carolina. The international meeting will focus on how bioinformatics and emerging technologies help researchers better understand the environmental influences behind the development and progression of human disease. The event is sponsored by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the Food and Drug Administration’s National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), the SAS Institute and UNC.

The conference theme is “The Biology and Bioinformatics Behind Environmental and Toxicologic Influences” and will feature oral presentations and a poster session. Keynote speakers include Dr. John Quackenbush, professor of computational biology and bioinformatics at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Dr. William Slikker, Jr., director of NCTR, Dr. Rebecca Fry, assistant professor of environmental sciences and engineering at UNC, and Dr. Xihong Li, professor of biostatistics at Harvard School of Public Health.

To register and for more information, visit Registration for NIH and NCTR staff is free.

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