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Vol. LXV, No. 4
February 15, 2013

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NIH Consensus Development Conference on Diagnosing Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

NICHD and the Office of Disease Prevention are sponsoring an NIH Consensus Development Conference: Diagnosing Gestational Diabetes Mellitus on Mar. 4-6.

Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a condition in which women without previously diagnosed diabetes exhibit high blood glucose levels during pregnancy (especially during the third trimester). GDM is estimated to occur in 1 to 14 percent of U.S. pregnancies, affecting more than 200,000 women annually. It is one of the most common disorders in pregnancy and is associated with an increased risk of complications for the mother and child. Up to half of women who have GDM during pregnancy will develop type 2 diabetes later in life.

To better understand the issues involved in making the diagnosis of GDM, NIH has engaged in a rigorous assessment of the available scientific evidence. This process will culminate in the upcoming conference. Attendees will be able to ask questions and offer comments. After weighing the evidence, a panel will present a draft statement.

All are welcome to attend this free conference. Sign language interpreters will be provided. Those who require reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Deborah Langer at

For more information about the conference, which will also be videocast live, visit

STEP Forum on Body Re-Engineering

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present a Science in the Public Health forum on the topic “Body Re-engineering: Leaping Towards the Future,” on Tuesday, Mar. 5, from 9 a.m. to noon in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

A paralyzed woman directing a robotic arm using her thoughts. An injured veteran operating his wheelchair by using his tongue. We are entering the Age of Bionics, when man and machine are becoming integrated. New technologies are enabling people with severe injuries and disability to improve their quality of life. Experts will present the latest advances in powered robotic and assistive technology devices, intelligent communication, sensors in prostheses and their functional integration with the body.

New Treasury Mandate: Direct Deposit of Pay Required by Mar. 1

Beginning Mar. 1, the Defense Finance and Accounting Service will no longer issue paper checks. Instead, DFAS will pay all employees by direct deposit (electronic funds transfer—EFT). With direct deposit, DFAS sends your pay directly to your bank account. It gives you immediate access to your money the day your payment is due. It also eliminates the risk of lost or stolen checks, forged signatures and identity theft. About 99 percent of DFAS customers currently receive their pay by direct deposit.

To start your direct deposit, you must use myPay ( or submit a Direct Deposit Form ( to the Benefits and Payroll Liaison Branch, Bldg. 31/Rm. B3C23. Don’t wait for Mar. 1. Make the switch today!

NIDDK’s Rodgers To Keynote Black History Program, Feb. 20

Dr. Griffin Rodgers

The NIH 2013 Black History Month observance will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. The national theme for Black History Month is “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.” NIDDK director Dr. Griffin Rodgers will be keynote speaker. His presentation is titled, “Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity, and the Major Concerns within the African-American Community.”

He will be giving a broad scientific lecture about how NIH/NIDDK research is helping us control and understand type 2 diabetes and its causes (especially obesity) and consequences (especially kidney disease). He will also address communicating what we learn to the public through our messaging and information dissemination programs. The remarks will feature biological, environmental/societal and epidemiological components.

Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals who require reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Victoria Gross at (301) 451-0746, through the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339, or via email at

NIMH’s Collins To Give NIH Director’s Lecture, Feb. 20

Dr. Pamela Collins

Dr. Pamela Collins, director of both the Office for Research on Disparities & Global Mental Health and the Office of Rural Mental Health Research at the National Institute of Mental Health, will deliver the second of three NIH Director’s Lectures as part of the 2012-2013 Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series. Her talk, “Global Engagement for Mental Health,” will be held on Feb. 20 at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

Over the past 15 years, Collins’s work has focused on the mental health and psychosocial aspects of the AIDS epidemic in the United States and sub-Saharan Africa. In the U.S., her studies have addressed social stigma related to mental illness, ethnicity and women’s HIV risk; the HIV prevention needs of women of color with severe mental illness; and the mental health needs of African immigrants living with HIV. Internationally, she has conducted and evaluated training of health care providers in mental health, HIV/AIDS transmission, prevention and counseling in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa.

Collins’s research examined the role of mental health care providers in the development of HIV prevention interventions in psychiatric settings. She continues to study the integration of HIV and mental health services in sub-Saharan Africa. Collins is a member of the World Health Organization’s Mental Health Gap Action Programme Forum. She was one of the editors of the 2011 series in The Lancet on global mental health and she is a leader of the Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health initiative. For lecture information and reasonable accommodation, contact Jacqueline Roberts, (301) 594-6747.

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