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Vol. LXIV, No. 9
April 27, 2012

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STEP Forum on Stem Cell Therapy

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present a Science for All forum on the topic “Stem Cell Therapy: Hype and Reality,” on Thursday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to noon in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

Will your doctor be able to order you a new heart off the shelf? Stem cells offer the promise of replacing damaged tissues and organs. Basic research, combined with advances in bioengineering, provides new insights into clinical interventions, disease modeling, drug screening and cell-based therapeutics. Come and learn about recent developments in different areas of stem cell research including clinical applications, regulatory policies and ethics.

5th Annual NIH Take a Hike Day, May 10

The 5th annual NIH Take a Hike Day will be held Thursday, May 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All employees and contractors are invited to participate in this walk/fun run sponsored by the NIH Office of Management in partnership with the Office of Research Services’ Division of Amenities and Transportation Services.

The course follows the perimeter of the NIH campus (approximately 2.8 miles) and the event will be held rain or shine. To register, visit

You can help your institute/center earn bragging rights for having the most registered employees participating in this year’s event. Winners will be determined based on the highest percentage of employees who register within their IC. The top six ICs will be recognized on the day of the event.

Race organizers will supply water stations along the course, but participants are invited to add decorations and staff to cheer your co-workers on. Bring your signs and pompoms and form your cheering section at one of the five perimeter water stations. Tables will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to sponsor a water station, contact Pamela Jenkins at or (301) 402-8180.

Individuals who need sign language interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Jenkins. Requests should be made at least 5 days before the event.

Second Protocol Navigation Lecture Set, May 7

The second lecture in the IRP Protocol Navigation Training Program Seminar Series will be held Monday, May 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. in Bldg. 50, Conf. Rm. 1227/1328. The program is a trans-NIH effort to develop resources and tools and to provide training for intramural staff involved in protocol development, writing, coordination and management. Dr. Sara Hull of the Clinical Center department of bioethics will present “Points to Consider in the Transition Toward Whole-Genome Sequencing in Human Subjects Research.” For more information, contact Beverly Barham, (301) 594-2494, bbarham@ or Marcia Vital, (301) 451-9437,

Bike to Work Day, May 18

Celebrate National Bike Month and Bike to Work Day with the NIH Bicycle Commuter Club, Friday, May 18, from 7 to 9:30 a.m. on the Paul Rogers Plaza in front of Bldg. 1. NIH will host two other pit stops, at Executive Blvd. and Rockledge. The Executive Blvd. stop runs from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and Rockledge runs from 6:30 to 9 a.m. At all NIH pit stops, employees and contractors who show up riding a bike and wearing a helmet may enjoy breakfast snacks and participate in a raffle including such prizes as cycling gear and Fitness Center memberships. Bike to Work Day takes place rain or shine. To register, visit If you would like to volunteer at one of the stops, email Diane Bolton (

National Day of Prayer, May 3

This year’s observance of the National Day of Prayer will be held Thursday, May 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the lawn in front of Bldg. 1. Come out and join fellow NIH’ers, patients and friends to celebrate a day Congress has set aside for our country. All are welcome.

NIH Hosts Asian Heritage Month Observance, May 16 in Lipsett Amphitheater

NIH’s 2012 Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month observance will be held on Wednesday, May 16 from 10 to 11 a.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. Themed “Striving for Excellence in Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion,” the program features keynote speaker Dr. Kenneth M. Yamada, chief of NIDCR’s Laboratory of Cell and Developmental Biology. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management sponsors the observance. American Sign Language interpreters will be provided. For all other reasonable accommodation, call Tyrone Banks at (301) 451-9692 or the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

‘Medicine for the Public’ Lectures Set

Discover the latest in research and treatment for diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease with lectures by experts from the Clinical Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine and Suburban Hospital.

Tuesday, May 15—Outsmart Diabetes: A Framework for Prevention and Management.

Tuesday, May 22—Is It Memory Loss or Alzheimer’s Disease? Learn the Facts.

Both talks will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Suburban Hospital Auditorium, 8600 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. Register by calling (301) 896-3939. Lectures are free and open to the public. Light refreshments are available at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Shape Your Future at Career Symposium

The NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education invites all NIH graduate students and postdoctoral trainees, both basic scientists and clinicians, to participate in the NIH Career Symposium on Friday, May 18 at Natcher Conference Center and Lister Hill Auditorium from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The symposium provides an opportunity for fellows and graduate students to learn about scientific career options and to explore factors that lead to career success. Panel sessions cover academic, government, industry and non-profit career paths. More than 80 speakers will provide insights into their careers: what their current job entails, its pluses and minuses and how they got there. To register, visit This event is organized by OITE, the fellows committee and the Graduate Student Council.

Burkle To Give Leiter Lecture, May 9

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Dr. Frederick M. “Skip” Burkle will give the 2012 Joseph Leiter NLM/Medical Library Association Lecture, Wednesday, May 9. It will take place at 2 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A. He will speak about “Future Humanitarian Crises: Challenges to Practice, Policy & Public Health.”

Burkle is senior fellow and scientist, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Harvard School of Public Health, and former senior scholar and now senior associate faculty and research scientist, Center for Refugee & Disaster Response, Johns Hopkins University Medical Institutes. He also serves as a senior international public policy scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Washington, D.C. (2008-present).

In addition, he serves as adjunct professor and as a clinical professor of surgery and adjunct professor in tropical medicine at the University of Hawaii. He is also adjunct professor, department of military & emergency medicine, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and the department of public health and tropical medicine, John Cook University, Australia.

Neuroscientist Farah To Speak, May 2

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Dr. Martha J. Farah, Annenberg professor of natural sciences and director of the Center for Neuroscience and Society at the University of Pennsylvania, will present the second of three annual NIH Director’s Lectures on Wednesday, May 2 from 3 to 4 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Her talk is titled “Twenty-first Century Neuroscience: From Lab and Clinic to Home, School and Office.”

Farah, a cognitive neuroscientist, has devoted much of her career to understanding the mechanisms of vision, memory and executive function in the human brain. In recent years, she has shifted her research focus to a set of issues that lie at the interface between cognitive neuroscience and “the real world.” These new issues include the effects of socioeconomic adversity on children’s brain development as well as emerging social and ethical issues in neuroscience, termed “neuroethics.” She is also involved in investigations of neurogenetics, mood regulation and decision-making.

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