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Vol. LXIII, No. 21
October 28, 2011
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Moore To Give NLM Informatics Lecture

Dr. Jason H. Moore

NLM’s Extramural Programs Informatics Lecture Series for the 175th Anniversary will feature Dr. Jason H. Moore, who will present “Machine Learning Approaches to the Genetic Analysis of Complex Traits” on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. at Natcher Conference Center, Rms. F1-F2.

Moore received his B.S. in biological sciences at Florida State University, where he focused on molecular evolution. He attended graduate school at the University of Michigan, where he completed an M.A. in applied statistics and an M.S. and Ph.D. in human genetics.

After receiving his Ph.D. in 1999, Moore accepted a faculty position in the Center for Human Genetics Research, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, and department of molecular physiology and biophysics at Vanderbilt University Medical School. He was promoted to associate professor in 2003 and was awarded an endowed Ingram professorship in cancer research.

In 2004, Moore moved to Dartmouth Medical School as the Frank Lane research scholar in computational genetics, associate professor of genetics and associate professor of community and family medicine. In 2008, he was promoted to professor of genetics and community and family medicine.

In 2010, he was awarded an endowed Third Century professorship and appointed founding director of the Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Sciences. Moore’s NLM-funded research program focuses on the development, evaluation and application of computational methods for identifying and characterizing gene interactions in studies of common human diseases. He currently serves as editor-in-chief of the journal BioData Mining and is a member of the NLM biomedical library and informatics review committee.

The lecture will also be available through NIH videocast. Refreshments will be provided following the talk.

STEP Forum on Inflammation, Nov. 15

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present a Science for All forum on the topic “Inflammation: The Root and Route of All Chronic Disease?” on Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 9 to 11 a.m. in Rockledge II, Rm. 9112-9116.

Heart disease, asthma, obesity, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, cancer and other conditions all may be related to or even caused by chronic inflammation. Many treatments are touted to reduce inflammation and prevent these diseases, but are they merely 21st century snake oil? Is there scientific validity to the theory of chronic inflammation contributing to such an abundance of conditions? Are there common inflammatory processes? If so, are there shared prevention methods that can stop disease progression? Come to this forum to learn the state of the science on inflammation and how your health may benefit.

FAES Holds Insurance Open Season

The FAES Health Insurance Program is holding an Open Enrollment from Nov. 1-30. The program is open to those who work for or at NIH in full-time positions but are not eligible for government plans. This includes NIH fellows, exchange scientists, special volunteers and guest researchers. The minimum enrollment period is 3 months. Benefits take effect Jan. 1, 2012.

Open Enrollment is for those who did not enroll when first eligible for benefits coverage and for current subscribers who want to make changes to their coverage for 2012. FAES offers CareFirst BC/BS Blue Preferred PPO for medical coverage and Dominion Dental HMO, EPO and PPO for voluntary dental coverage. FAES will offer a nationwide supplemental vision plan as well for 2012. For more information visit www.faes.org, email faesinsurance@mail.nih.gov, and/or call (301) 496-8063. FAES is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Use or Lose Reminder

Don’t forget to officially schedule your “use or lose” annual leave no later than Saturday, Nov. 19. Questions about “use or lose” leave should be directed to your administrative officer.

NIH Mentoring Program Available

Employees interested in serving as mentors and mentees across the NIH community are invited to join the NIH Mentoring Program. 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. The deadline for online registration and matching is Nov. 15. For more information, including links to online registration and information sessions, visit http://trainingcenter.nih.gov/hhs_mentoring.html.

Mackey To Give NCCAM Straus Lecture

Dr. Sean Mackey

On Monday, Nov. 7 at 9 a.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine will hold its annual Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Dr. Sean Mackey, chief of the pain management division and associate professor of anesthesia and pain management at Stanford University School of Medicine, will present “Opening Windows to the Brain: Lessons Learned from the Neuroimaging of Pain.”

Mackey’s current research focus includes virtual reality and real-time fMRI, cortical restructuring in patients with chronic pain, cognitive load and perceived pain intensity and fMRI of the human cervical spine.

Mackey will explain the role of neuroimaging in elucidating the central mechanisms involved in pain processing, perception and plasticity and the role of neural reward systems in modulating pain and potential implications for nonpharmacological strategies to reduce the experience of pain. He will also discuss the cognitive and emotional factors that modulate the experience of pain and the effects of opioid administration on brain structures.

The lecture series was established in honor of Straus, founding director of NCCAM and an internationally recognized clinician-scientist. All are invited to attend. It will also be videocast at http://videocast.nih.gov. For more information, visit http://nccam.nih.gov.

Google Science Fair Winners Visit NIH

Google Science Fair Winners Visit NIH

Winners of the 2011 Google Science Fair visited campus on Oct. 4, meeting scientists and touring the Clinical Center. Lauren Hodge (l) was winner of the age 13-14 category, with a project on limiting carcinogenic compounds in grilled chicken. Shree Bose (c) was both winner of age group 17-18 and grand prize winner, which earned her a 10-day trip to the Galapagos Islands to study marine life. Her project involved improving chemotherapy for ovarian cancer. Naomi Shah (r) won in the 15-16 category with an asthma study that measured the effect of environmental pollutants on lung function. On an OCPL special tour, the winners visited Dr. Sriram Subramaniam in the Laboratory of Cell Biology, NCI, in Bldg. 50 and met with Dr. Pam Robey, chief of the Craniofacial and Skeletal Diseases Branch, NIDCR, who also works with the Office of Science Education. The global online fair attracted some 10,000 entries from 91 countries; all three winners are from the U.S. The fair distributed $110,000 in scholarship money and the three scholars also won a Lego scientific play set, Google Chrome notebook, Android phone, in addition to internships at contest partner organizations CERN, Google, the Lego Group and Scientific American.


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