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Vol. LXIII, No. 16
August 5, 2011

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End-of-Life, Palliative Care Summit

The National Institute of Nursing Research will present a national scientific summit, “The Science of Compassion: Future Directions in End-of-Life and Palliative Care,” on Aug. 10-12 at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda. The event will bring together scientists, health care providers, educators, representatives of professional organizations and members of the public to discuss the current status of end-of-life and palliative care (EOL PC) research.

The summit begins with “The Ethics of Science at the End-of-Life: A Town Hall Discussion,” an evening panel with leading ethicists in EOL PC research including Dr. Joseph J. Fins, Weill Cornell Medical College; Dr. Karla F.C. Holloway, Duke University; and Dr. Nancy Berlinger of the Hastings Center. Other guests include Susan Dentzer, editor-in-chief of Health Affairs and on-air analyst on health issues with the PBS NewsHour, and Dr. Marie T. Hilliard, director of bioethics and public policy at the National Catholic Bioethics Center. NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady will offer welcoming remarks.

A keynote presentation by Dr. Ira Byock, three plenary discussions, break-out sessions, an evening juried poster reception and closing remarks by Dr. J. Randall Curtis will compose the remainder of the scientific program. Summit cosponsors include NCCAM, NIA, the Clinical Center department of bioethics, the Office of Rare Diseases Research and the Office of Research on Women’s Health.

The summit is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and registration is required (walk-ins will be accepted for the Town Hall event only). Program information, including a link to the registration site and agenda, can be found at

Lecture on Gender Differences in Mild TBI

The women’s health scientific interest group lecture series will present “Gender Differences in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury—Outcomes and Potential Effects of Pleiotropic Hormones,” on Friday, Aug. 19 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Bldg. 45, balcony A. Speakers will be Dr. David W. Wright, associate professor and director, emergency neurosciences, department of emergency medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, and Dr. Jeffrey J. Bazarian, associate professor of emergency medicine, neurology and neurosurgery, University of Rochester School of Medicine. Individuals who need sign language interpreters to participate should contact Socorro Vigil Scott at or (301) 402-8340.

Conference on Enhancing Community Engagement

On Aug. 30-31, the Duke Translational Medicine Institute will present the fourth annual Clinical and Translational Science Award Consortium’s community engagement conference “Using Information Technology (IT) to Improve Community Health: How Health Care Reform Supports Innovation.” The conference, funded by the National Center for Research Resources, will be held at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.

The event will feature leading health information technology and community engagement experts who will discuss the latest successes in applying IT to improve community health and facilitate research partnerships at the federal, state and local levels. Session topics will include using IT to connect the community to clinical care systems; engaging the community through telemedicine and other technology-driven methods; and using patient portals to improve community health connectivity.

All attendees will receive a free copy of the recently published Principles of Community Engagement (Second Edition). To access an online HTML version of this book, visit

Clinical health care workers and others interested in community engagement are invited to attend. Registration is $120 for access to all conference sessions, a buffet lunch each day and snack breaks. For more information, visit or contact Barbara Gregory at or (919) 681-6833.

Masked Man’s Identity Sought by OIR

Masked Man’s Identity Sought by OIR

There is a new heart-valve exhibit in the south entrance of Bldg. 10 that includes this image, taken by an NIH photographer, which appeared in the World Health Organization’s magazine World Health in the summer of 1965. The story was about artificial spare parts—valves, vessels and patches—used by heart surgeons to repair many once fatal or disabling defects in the heart and blood vessels. NIH’s Office of Intramural Research is trying to identify the surgeon in the photo. If you know who it is, contact the NIH Record office at (301) 496-2125 or email

Progress Evident in PNRC II Construction

Progress continues on the phase II expansion to the Porter Neuroscience Research Center as concrete is poured for the second floor of the building. The new 5-story, 306,476-gross-square-feet expansion will house scientists from 8 institutes, with NIA becoming the most recent tenant. The building will include energy conservation features such as solar panels and ground source heat pumps, thus extracting energy from the sun and the earth to achieve energy efficiency.
Progress Evident in PNRC II Construction

Collins Addresses Leadership Program Participants

Collins Addresses Leadership

“I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.” NIH director Dr. Francis Collins (l) shared this quote from Woodrow Wilson with 20 senior leaders participating in NIH’s Executive Leadership Program (ExLP). The quote is a Collins favorite that emphasizes the value of teamwork in organizations. Participants listened as he discussed his journey from the bench to NIH director and provided advice on how they can continue to be successful at NIH. The ExLP is a 6-month, competitive leadership program targeting aspiring “Top 5” and existing NIH leaders. Visit for more information.

Principles of Clinical Pharmacology Course

The Principles of Clinical Pharmacology course, sponsored by the Clinical Center, will begin in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10 on Sept. 1. The course will be held Thursday evenings from 6:30 to approximately 7:45 and will run through Apr. 26, 2012.

The course covers topics such as pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism and transport, assessment of drug effects, drug therapy in special populations and drug discovery and development.

Registration is open to all interested individuals at no cost unless the course is being taken for graduate credit. The course may be taken for credit through FAES as PHAR 500 I and PHAR 500 II; contact FAES directly at (301) 496-7976. Deadline for registration is Aug. 31. Certificates of participation will be awarded at the end to all students who attend 75 percent of the lectures. More information is available at principles.html or by calling (301) 496-9425.

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