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Vol. LXIV, No. 16
August 3, 2012

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16th Annual Free Outdoor Film Festival

Get ready for 3 nights of free movies, popular local bands and great food Aug. 23-25. Returning to North Bethesda, the 2012 Comcast Outdoor Festival is newly located at Mid-Pike Plaza on Rte. 355. The festival features a 4-story-high, 52-foot-wide inflatable movie screen.

The festivities begin each evening at 5:30 with live music along with food and wine sales from area food trucks and local restaurants. Films begin each evening at dusk. Admission is free and a portion of food and beverage proceeds will benefit three NIH charities: Children’s Inn, Camp Fantastic/Special Love and Friends of the Clinical Center.

The lineup includes:

Thursday, Aug. 23 All the President’s Men

Friday, Aug. 24 Midnight in Paris

Saturday, Aug. 25 We Bought a Zoo

Offering digital HD projection and state-of-the-art line-array audio, the festival is located near the White Flint Metro on the Red Line. On-site free parking is also available. Attendees should bring beach or lawn chairs. For more information, visit

NIH Releases Video on Science of Yoga

Millions of people in the U.S. roll out yoga mats in studios, gyms or in the privacy of their homes to practice the poses, breathing exercises and meditation techniques associated with yoga. But what do we really know about how yoga works? Even though this mind and body practice has become increasingly popular, there remains a lot to be learned about the science of yoga and its effect on our overall health and well-being.

This month, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine released a video that sheds some light on the research and science behind the practice of yoga. The video features information on what changes occur in the body during yoga, the safety of the practice of yoga and whether it can help treat certain health problems.

Highlighted in the video is the work of two respected investigators in the field. Dr. George Salem is at the University of Southern California and uses innovative technology to examine how older adults use their muscles and joints in certain yoga postures. Dr. Karen Sherman is at Group Health Research Institute in Seattle and focuses on how yoga may be a beneficial complementary health practice for people with chronic low-back pain, a common and difficult-to-treat problem.

In addition, the video provides valuable “dos and don’ts” for consumers who are thinking about practicing yoga. For example: Yoga is generally considered to be safe in healthy people when practiced appropriately under the guidance of a well-trained instructor. However, people with high blood pressure, glaucoma or sciatica and women who are pregnant should modify or avoid some yoga poses.

Everyone’s body is different and yoga postures should be modified based on individual abilities. Inform your instructor about any medical issues you have and ask about the physical demands of yoga.

If you’re thinking about practicing yoga, be sure to talk to your health care providers. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health.

This combination of science and health information provides an educational tool that can be used by a broad range of viewers—from researchers to yoga instructors to the public.

To watch the video Scientific Results of Yoga for Health and Well-Being visit This is the second installment in NCCAM’s The Science of Mind and Body Therapies video series. The first video, Tai Chi and Qi Gong for Health and Well-Being, was released in September 2010.

Field Day Attracts Campus Athletes

Field Day Attracts Campus Athletes

A spirited game of volleyball was one of the attractions at NIH Field Day, held July 19 behind Bldg. 31A. Sponsored by the Office of Research Services’ Division of Amenities and Transportation Services in partnership with the R&W Fitness and Wellness Program, the midday event featured a variety of individual and team activities including tug of war, an obstacle course and more. In this photo, Jonathan Bryan (l) and Jonathan Rudd (second from l) of NCI’s Office of Acquisitions get ready to handle an opponent’s spike. Visit for the latest information on intramural sports leagues, the NIH Games in August and all other NIH R&W fitness and wellness programs.

Toolbox for Clinical Research to be Unveiled

Registration is now open for “Unveiling the NIH Toolbox,” a 2-day scientific conference taking place Sept. 10-11 in Bethesda on the new NIH Toolbox for Assessment of Neurological and Behavioral Function—a set of brief but comprehensive neurological and behavioral health measurements designed for use particularly in large-scale research studies such as epidemiological studies or clinical trials.

  • Sept. 10, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Masur Auditorium—Join experts in the field for an overview of the development, testing and use of the NIH Toolbox via lectures and panel discussions.
  • Sept. 11, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Bethesda Hyatt Regency—Attend in-depth presentations on the properties of the NIH Toolbox measurements and interactive demonstrations of their administration.

Developed by a team of more than 250 scientists from nearly 100 academic institutions, the NIH Toolbox provides a battery of online and royalty-free measures of motor, cognitive, emotional and sensory function for study participants ages 3 to 85 years. The toolbox promotes economies of scale and enhanced efficiency in measurement. It was developed under the auspices of the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research, a coalition that creates new tools and resources to advance neuroscience research.

To register for the conference and/or a 3-day training workshop taking place Sept. 12-14, or to learn more about the NIH Toolbox, go to

Open House for Lab Managers Interest Group, Aug. 9

The NIH lab managers interest group will hold an open house on Thursday, Aug. 9 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Bldg. 40 conference room (1203).

The group was formed in June 2003 to serve as an advisory group for NIH entities. The group evaluates issues affecting research laboratory operations, shares best practices for managing lab operations and resolving problems and serves as a forum for professional development by hosting seminars and workshops on integral laboratory and administrative processes at NIH

This diverse group includes biologists, chemists, facility managers and safety specialists from across the institutes and centers; many have post-baccalaureate degrees.

Come meet lab managers from different ICs to learn more about the interest group, as well as the lab manager position at NIH.

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