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Vol. LXIV, No. 13
June 22, 2012

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Collins To Speak at Geroscience Interest Group

The geroscience interest group (GSIG) will host a presentation by NIH director Dr. Francis Collins on recent developments in the field of Hutchinson-Gilford progeria. The seminar will be held on Thursday, July 12 from 1-2 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

In 2003, Collins and his research team at NHGRI identified Lamin A as the gene whose mutation is responsible for the extreme accelerated aging phenotype observed in people with Hutchinson-Gilford progeria. Collins will discuss this research finding, what we know today about the disorder and its implications for the study of aging.

GSIG is a recently formed trans-NIH scientific interest group. Its goal is to enhance interactions and discussions of the intersection between the biology of aging and the diverse diseases and conditions of interest among NIH institutes and centers. To learn more, visit

Global Health Interest Group Recruits Members

The global health interest group is a cross-institute, fellow-driven initiative whose mission is to unite and strengthen the NIH biomedical community interested in global health and those performing relevant research. It maintains a global health seminar series, where NIH scientists/physicians present to the group to highlight the many global health activities at NIH. Additionally, it hosts global health professionals and organizations (from areas such as basic biomedical science, clinical science/clinical trials, policy and public health) to NIH to make members aware of the work they do in the field. Other activities include organizing an annual global health retreat and hosting social gatherings for global health networking.

GHIG currently has a listserv (GLOBAL_HEALTH@LIST.NIH.GOV) that is used to notify interested individuals of relevant global health events going on at NIH. The events and listserv are open to all NIH fellows and staff. For more information, or to be added to the listserv, contact Jessica Taaffe ( or Priscilla Kelly (

Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Retreat

The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research is convening all NIH behavioral and social scientists for a full-day conference aimed at bolstering the internal behavioral and social science research community and fostering enhanced collaboration. The event targets all NIH staff trained or employed in the behavioral or social sciences. The retreat will feature scientific discussions and networking opportunities.

Plan to attend on Monday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Natcher Conference Center. Further details, including an event web site and registration, are forthcoming. Contact OBSSR’s Dana Sampson ( for more information.

Dr. Lawrence Agodoa (l), director of NIDDK’s Office of Minority Health Research Coordination, with NIDDK deputy director Dr. Greg Germino

Above, OHR’s corporate recruitment unit hosts Gallaudet University students for a morning of “Getting to Know NIH.” Below, students learn about working at NIH.

Photos: Jeremy Swan

Dr. Lawrence Agodoa (l), director of NIDDK’s Office of Minority Health Research Coordination, with NIDDK deputy director Dr. Greg Germino

Gallaudet University Students Visit

The Office of Human Resources corporate recruitment unit recently hosted Gallaudet University students for a morning of “Getting to Know NIH.” Students explored the campus, learned its history and toured an NCI lab and the Clinical Center.

The CC hospitality services department conducted a tour showcasing the facility’s unique history and mission as the largest research hospital in the world. Next, students got an in-depth look at a working lab. NCI microbiologist Larry Pearce, working with Dr. Peter Blumberg, head of the molecular mechanisms of tumor promotion section, shared his research on manipulating enzymes that may inhibit painful reactions, a common side effect in some cancer treatments. Students were invited to peek into test tubes and learn of the typical types of lab methodology in practice. Pearce, a Gallaudet alumnus, answered students’ questions about working at NIH.

Also helping coordinate the visit were members of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management, whose Diversity Recruitment Forum was created to assist with recruitment of persons with disabilities and increase the representation of minorities and women in federal service.

If you would like to join the forum, contact Sheila Monroe, (301) 496-6504 or

Fourth Protocol Navigation Lecture Set, July 2

The fourth lecture in the IRP Protocol Navigation Training Program Seminar Series will be held Monday, July 2 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. Larissa Lapteva of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at FDA will present “Navigating Through Regulatory Waters: The DOs and DON’Ts of Preparing an Investigational New Drug Application.” For more information, contact Beverly Barham, (301) 594-2494, or Marcia Vital, (301) 451-9437,

Graduate & Professional School Fair Scheduled, July 20

The Office of Intramural Training & Education invites summer interns and postbacs to the NIH Graduate & Professional School Fair on Friday, July 20 at the Natcher Conference Center and Lister Hill Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exhibits will be open from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

The fair will provide an opportunity for interns (especially those in college), postbacs and college and university students from the Washington, D.C., area to prepare for the next step in their careers by exploring educational programs in the biomedical sciences leading to graduate and professional degrees.

More than 100 outstanding colleges and universities will send representatives from their graduate schools, medical and dental schools, schools of public health and other biomedical programs. Further information on the fair, including the day’s agenda, a list of institutions planning to participate and registration information can be found at

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