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Vol. LXIII, No. 21
October 14, 2011

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NIH Research Festival Set, Oct. 24-28

The 25th annual NIH Research Festival is scheduled for Oct. 24-28. This week of activities highlights the scientific excellence of the Intramural Research Program. Events will include scientific symposia, poster sessions, NIH exhibitors, the vendor tent show and more.

The opening plenary session on Monday, Oct. 24 is titled Molecular Mechanisms of Human Disease. There will also be special exhibits on resources for intramural research. Concurrent symposia sessions that day include New Insights into Disease Pathogenesis and Treatment Through Genomewide RNAi Screening and Advances in Immune Targeted Therapies.

On Oct. 25, there will be a session on Improving Workplace Dynamics, plus another round of concurrent symposia on such topics as Computational Approaches to Study Protein Interactome in Context of Disease and Signals, Patterns: Basic and Clinical Research in Developmental Biology and Neural Plasticity in Sensation and Cognition. The FARE awards ceremony and reception will also be held Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Oct. 26, more poster sessions are planned along with 5 concurrent symposia on such topics as Advances in Rare Diseases Research and IPSC Cells for Screening and Therapy.

Thursday features the annual Technical Sales Association tent show (also set for Friday) and the NIH Core poster session.

For specific session times, locations and details, visit

Family Caregiver Day at CC, Nov. 8

In recognition of National Family Caregiver Month, the Clinical Center will host 2011 Family Caregiver Day on Tuesday, Nov. 8. The event will open with a guest lecture at 8 a.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. Dr. Gary Epstein-Lubow, assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and human behavior, Alpert Medical School of Brown University and attending psychiatrist and assistant unit chief, Butler Hospital in Providence, R.I., will present issues on family caregiving including caregiver health, identifying at-risk caregivers, proven beneficial interventions and future research.

A caregiver Information Fair and Expo will follow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the 7th floor of the Clinical Research Center. CC departments and outside exhibitors will offer resources. No registration is needed. For more information, visit or contact Dr. Margaret Bevans, (301) 402-9383, or Leslie Wehrlen, (301) 451-4077.

Symposium on Behavioral Science, HIV/AIDS

The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research will hold a symposium on the contributions of behavioral and social science to HIV/AIDS research. The event “HIV/AIDS 2011 and Beyond: Propelling the Next Generation of Research with Behavioral and Social Science” will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9 in Natcher Conference Center.

Commemorating 30 years since the first reported cases of HIV/AIDS in 1981, the symposium honors the contributions of behavioral and social science to HIV/AIDS research thus far and highlights ways in which it will continue to advance the understanding, treatment and prevention of the disease. Drs. Thomas Coates (UCLA), Wafaa El-Sadr (Columbia University), David Bangsberg (Harvard University) and Carl Dieffenbach (NIAID) will offer presentations on the role of behavioral and social science in HIV/AIDS research projects targeting three research and implementation goals: expanded testing, effective prevention tools and a cure.

No registration is required and the event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Dana Sampson at

Crabbe To Give Keller Lecture, Oct. 25

Dr. John Crabbe

Dr. John Crabbe will deliver the 2011 Mark Keller Honorary Lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 1:30 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. The title of his talk is “Translational Behavior-Genetic Studies of Alcohol: Are We There Yet?”

Crabbe is one of the world’s leading experts in using animal genetic models to understand human dependence on alcohol. Through his extensive research over the past 30 years, he has helped transform our understanding of behavioral genetics. He pioneered several genetic procedures to identify the genes and neurobiological mechanisms underlying many different alcohol-related behaviors, including tolerance and withdrawal.

Currently, Crabbe is professor of behavioral neuroscience at Oregon Health & Science University, senior research career scientist at the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center and director of the Portland Alcohol Research Center, an NIH and NIAAA-sponsored research institute.

NIAAA established this lecture series as a tribute to Mark Keller, a pioneer in the field of alcohol research. Honorees are researchers who have made significant and long-term contributions to our understanding of alcohol’s effects and how we can prevent and treat alcohol problems.

NIH Mentoring Program Invites Participants

Permanent federal employees interested in serving as mentors and mentees across the NIH community are invited to join the October 2011 cohort. Building a confidential, interactive relationship is the foundation of this program. The program’s emphasis on developing core, leadership and management competencies at various levels will ensure a beneficial experience for both mentors and mentees. Program components include: senior-to-junior and peer-to-peer mentoring relationships, online application and matching system to connect individuals, mentor-mentee online orientation, 1-year mentoring relationship commitment and professional development events and activities.

As a tool in employee development, the NIH Mentoring Program does not supplant the NIH scientific mentoring and customized IC leadership mentoring programs that are available to employees in some institutes and centers. Instead, it is intended to fill any gaps where those programs do not exist and enables NIH-wide or even across-HHS relationships. The deadline for online registration and matching is Nov. 15. For more information, including links to online registration and upcoming information sessions, visit

Chinese Delegation Visits NIH

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In the left photo, Dr. Yongxiang Lu (second from r), vice-chairman of China’s National People’s Congress standing committee and former head of China’s national academy of sciences, and other senior Chinese officials met with NIDDK director Dr. Griffin Rodgers (second from l) and his staff recently to discuss common research interests in diabetes and obesity and to tour NIH’s Metabolic Clinical Research Unit (MCRU). Obesity is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes, a serious and increasing health problem in the United States and in China, where 92 million people (9.7 percent of adults) have type 2 diabetes and another 148 million (15.5 percent) have pre-diabetes. In the photo at right, Lu speaks with NIDDK’s Dr. Kong Chen during a tour of the Clinical Research Center, including the MCRU.

Annual Leave: Use It or Lose It

Annual leave in excess of the maximum carryover balance (in most cases 240 hours) is normally forfeited if not used by the end of the current leave year. If you have not already planned to take those excess hours of annual leave, you should discuss your leave with your supervisor now while there is still time to schedule it. Your bi-weekly Leave and Earnings Statement tells you how much annual leave you must use so that you will not lose it when the leave year ends on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011.

In spite of planning, circumstances sometimes arise that prevent you from taking leave that has been scheduled and approved earlier during the leave year. In such cases, you and your supervisor are jointly responsible for ensuring that any “use or lose” leave is officially rescheduled. This year, your “use or lose” leave must be scheduled not later than Saturday, Nov. 19.

If you or your supervisor have questions about “use or lose” leave, contact your administrative officer.

Project to Improve NIH Web Sites Presents Findings at Two Meetings

Results of the Project to Improve NIH Web Sites are in. This evaluation study examined how to enhance and strengthen NIH’s 1,700 public-facing sites and online initiatives through digital measurement. The recommendations offer options for using evidence-based approaches to guide strategic decisions about web sites and online initiatives.

Web and communications teams, managers and everyone else with an interest in providing citizens with the best possible service through NIH web sites are invited to attend presentations that will be offered on Tuesday Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. at Neuroscience Center (Rm. A1-A2) and Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. on campus in Bldg. 50 (Rm. 13-28).

The same presentation will be offered both days. It will include an overview of the project, results and recommendations for improving the quality, consistency and comparability of web site measurement throughout NIH.

If you have questions about this project or upcoming presentations, contact Ann Poritzky at or (301) 496-0959.

Tae Kwon Do Beginner’s Class

The NIH Tae Kwon Do School is offering a beginner’s class for adults and mature teens on Monday evenings through October. 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 html.

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