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Vol. LXIV, No. 11
May 25, 2012
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Free Screening of Addiction Film, June 1

NIDA will host a free screening of the major motion picture Addiction Incorporated Friday, June 1 from 2-5 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10.

This film tells the story of Dr. Victor DeNoble, a Phillip Morris research scientist who became one of the most influential whistleblowers in our history, testifying before Congress about his findings on the addictive nature of nicotine. Members of the tobacco industry attempted to suppress his findings, which finally came to light during congressional hearings in 1994 and ultimately resulted in passage of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009. The film trailer can be viewed at www.addictionincorporated.com/video/trailer/.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with DeNoble (via videocast) and Charles Evans Jr., director and producer.

Sign language interpreters will be provided. Those who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact media@nida.nih.gov, (301) 443-6245, and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).

Twitter Event Touts Sleep Health

Experts from the trans-NIH sleep research coordinating committee, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston recently held a free Twitter event “SleepChat,” to coincide with the National Sleep Foundation’s National Sleep Awareness Week.

During the hour-long event, which was supported by the NHLBI Office of Communication, experts answered questions from and engaged with the public via Twitter about the value of sleep health and continued research in this area.

The chat generated 761 “tweets” or messages about sleep health, which reached an estimated 1.6 million Twitter users. In addition, it was a global event with people tweeting from the United States, India, Canada, Venezuela and the United Kingdom. Some of the most popular sleep-related topics addressed during the chat included shift work, sleep research and studies and children and sleep.

Stetten Symposium Set, June 6

The Office of History at NIH will hold “History in the NIH—The 4th Annual Stetten Symposium” on Wednesday, June 6 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1. The symposium, open to all, is a progress report by the four current DeWitt Stetten fellows in the Office of History. Their presentations will explore biostatistics and biometry at NIH, the problem of Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy, Joseph Kinyoun (the founder of the forerunner of NIH/NIAID) and the origins of NIAAA and NIDA in the 1970s.

Each fellow will speak for 25 minutes, followed by 10-15 minutes of commentary by such NIH authorities as NHLBI acting deputy director Dr. Carl Roth, NIAAA acting director Dr. Kenneth Warren, NIAID senior advisor Dr. David Morens and NINDS neurologist Dr. Kenneth Fischbeck. A discussion period follows each commentary. For more information, contact Sejal Patel, (301) 451-9431 or patelss2@mail.nih.gov.

Third Protocol Navigation Lecture Set, June 4

The third lecture in the IRP Protocol Navigation Training Program Seminar Series will be held Monday, June 4 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. Melissa Colbert, assistant director for compliance issues in the NIH Office of Intramural Research, will present “Navigating the Protocol Archipelago: How to Avoid the Shoals and Shipwrecks to Develop a Sound and Seaworthy Protocol.” For more information, contact Beverly Barham, (301) 594-2494, bbarham@mail.nih.gov or Marcia Vital, (301) 451-9437, vitalm@mail.nih.gov.

Workshop on Leptospira Vaccine Potency Testing

An upcoming workshop will focus on improved methods and approaches for Leptospira vaccine potency testing that may also help reduce, refine and replace animal use. The International Workshop on Alternative Methods for Leptospira Vaccine Potency Testing: State of the Science and the Way Forward will take place Sept. 19-21 at the USDA Center for Veterinary Biologics at the National Centers for Animal Health in Ames, Iowa.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial zoonotic disease caused by spirochetes of the genus Leptospira. Over 500,000 human cases of leptospirosis occur worldwide each year with a fatality rate of up to 25 percent in some regions. Designated as a neglected tropical disease, leptospirosis is a global research and public health priority.

The workshop will bring together international scientific experts from government, industry and academia to review recent advances in science and technology, in addition to available methods and approaches for Leptospira vaccine potency testing. Registration information and a workshop program will be available at http://iccvam.niehs.nih.gov/meetings/LeptoVaccWksp-2012/LeptoVaccWksp.htm. Abstracts for scientific posters should be submitted by Aug. 13.

Owen Older and Gigi Lopez carefully examine brains Jackie and Maddie Espinoza and Hannah Klun show off their newly molded and painted brains.

At left, Owen Older and Gigi Lopez carefully examine brains. At right, Jackie and Maddie Espinoza and Hannah Klun show off their newly molded and painted brains.

NIDA’s Hirsch Davis helps Owen, 4, get his first peek at neurons.

NIDA’s Hirsch Davis helps Owen, 4, get his first peek at neurons.

NIDA Hosts ‘Take Your Child to Work Day’ Activities

NIDA hosted 50 children and grandchildren of staffers at its headquarters for Take Your Child to Work Day on Apr. 26. Children ages 3 to 14 participated in a wide variety of activities including Brain Derby, an interactive fast-moving game designed to teach students about their brains and how drugs can affect the brain and body; interactive science projects; a neuroscience drawing contest; Brains Up Close, where kids got the chance to hold real human, sheep and rat brains; and the new breakthrough hit Stump Dr. Sciencehead, where youngsters asked any scientific question they could think of.


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