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Vol. LXV, No. 7
March 29, 2013

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NIH Clinical Research Day 2013, Apr. 10

NIH will host Clinical Research Day on Wednesday, Apr. 10 in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. The event will celebrate clinical/translational research at NIH and will highlight clinical research opportunities.

Speakers will include Dr. Francis Collins, NIH director, “Exceptional Opportunities for Clinical Research at NIH”; Dr. Anthony Fauci, NIAID director, “The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: A Unique Mandate”; Dr. Harold Varmus, NCI director, introductory remarks; Dr. Crystal Mackall, NCI senior investigator, “Chimeric Antigen Receptor Based T Cell Therapy for Cancer”; Clinical Center director Dr. John Gallin, “Opportunities for New Clinical Research Partnerships at the NIH Clinical Center”; Dr. Michael Gottesman, NIH deputy director for intramural research.

These will be followed by presentations on research opportunities in the Intramural Research Program such as the Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program, the Stadtman Investigator tenure-track searches and the assistant clinical investigator mentored positions.

More information is available at

STEP Forum on Pediatric Clinical Trials

The staff training in extramural programs (STEP) committee will present an Administrative Strategies forum on the topic “Pediatric Clinical Trials: It’s Not Just Child’s Play” on Tuesday, Apr. 16, from 9 a.m. to noon in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

Why do research on children? Developmentally and physiologically, children are not small adults. This forum will cover issues in enrollment, bioethical and regulatory matters as they pertain to the conduct of pediatric clinical trials. Come and join us for a behind-the-scenes glance at research on this unique and vulnerable population from a scientific, regulatory and patient perspective.

Bike to Work Day, May 17

Celebrate National Bike Month and Bike to Work Day with the NIH Bicycle Commuter Club (NIHBCC), Friday, May 17, from 7 to 9:30 a.m. on the Paul Rogers Plaza in front of Bldg. 1. For off-campus employees, NIH will participate in two of the many local pit stops supported by the Washington Area Bicyclists Association in a national salute to bicycle commuting.

Last year, more than 11,000 area residents joined in this annual event and even more are anticipated this year. NIH has won the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments award 6 years in a row for being the area’s biggest employer of Bike to Work Day participants. Help us defend our title this year by registering online at Even if you do not choose NIH as your pit stop, writing in “National Institutes of Health” as your employer will help us defend our title.

NIH will again be participating in two off-campus pit stops: Fallsgrove-sponsored stop at Rockville (pit stop closest to the new NCI Shady Grove building) and the Marriott-sponsored stop at Rockledge (pit stop name “Rock Springs Business Park”). Both stops run from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m.

At the Bldg. 1 pit stop, employees and contractors who show up riding a bicycle and wearing a helmet may enjoy breakfast snacks and participate in a raffle including such prizes as cycling gear and equipment and Fitness Center memberships. All pre-registrants get a free Bike to Work Day T-shirt (you may want to bring a print confirmation of your registration as back up).

If you have never tried commuting by bike to NIH and aren’t sure how to begin, explore the Commuting link at the web page above. The NIHBCC offers advice on topics ranging from purchasing a bicycle to favorite NIH commuting routes from all over the D.C. area.

Bike to Work Day is a rain or shine event. Volunteers are always appreciated to help with preparations before or on the day of the event. If you would like to help, email Jonathan Mazal (

NIDA’s Volkow Appears on ‘Katie’

NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow (r) appeared with Katie Couric on her show Katie Feb. 28 to answer questions about teen drug abuse. The episode, titled “What Your Kids Are Doing that You Don’t Know About,” included an expert panel discussion on the best ways for parents to talk about drugs and other dangerous behaviors with their children. To watch a video of Volkow’s appearance, visit

Dr. Nora Volkow (r) appeared with Katie Couric

Williams To Address Smoking, Comorbidities

Dr. Jill M. Williams

Dr. Jill M. Williams, professor of psychiatry and director, division of addiction psychiatry, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, will speak at NIH on Tuesday, Apr. 16 from 10 a.m. to noon in Bldg. 45, balcony C. Her talk is part of the Office of Disease Prevention’s Medicine: Mind the Gap seminar series.

Williams will address the fact that, although public health interventions have led to lower smoking rates in the United States over the last 40 years, smokers with mental illness or an addiction other than smoking have benefited less from these efforts. At this time, little is being done nationally at the mental health or public health systems level to promote smoking cessation in this population.

Williams also holds faculty appointments at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and is affiliated with the UMDNJ-Tobacco Dependence Program and Rutgers Center for Alcohol Studies. She received her medical degree from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and completed her residency training at Duke University Medical Center.

Her publications have appeared in numerous journals including Nicotine and Tobacco Research, the Journal of the American Medical Association and the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.

Registration is not required; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign language interpreters will be provided. Those who require reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Paris Watson in the Office of Disease Prevention:; (301) 496-6615.

Information Security & Privacy Refresher Courses Offered Together

Fiscal year 2013 annual security and privacy refresher courses are being launched together. Completion of both courses is required for all NIH staff each year. Although security and privacy requirements are different, the course content is related.

The courses will provide information about your responsibilities to secure NIH resources and protect all forms of personal information, whether it belongs to you, the public, grant applicants, research study participants or patients. You will also learn what to do in the event of a computer security incident or breach of data to lessen the risk of harm.

In April, your IC information systems security officer (ISSO) and/or privacy coordinator will notify you to take the training within a specified timeframe. You will be asked to visit the NIH Information Security and Privacy Awareness Training web site,, to complete both the FY13 Security & Privacy Refresher courses. Once you access the dashboard, you will be able to scroll down to select the courses, which you can choose to complete together in one sitting or separately. If you are identified as having significant IT security responsibilities, you may be asked to take—or certify you have taken—appropriate role-based security training.

If you have questions about the mandatory training requirement for either annual privacy or security awareness training, contact Karen Plá (privacy) (301) 402-6201, or Cheryl Ann Seaman (information security) (301) 402-4461,

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