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Vol. LXV, No. 12
June 7, 2013
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Author Goman To Present at DDM Seminar

The Deputy Director for Management (DDM) announces the final DDM seminar of the 2012-2013 series “Management and Science: Partnering for Excellence.” The event on Thursday, June 20 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, will feature Carol Kinsey Goman, who will discuss “Collaborative Leadership.” She will focus on how body language can affect a leader’s ability to negotiate, manage change, build trust and promote collaboration.

Videocasting and sign language will be provided. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to attend should call (301) 496-6211 or the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

For more information about the series, visit www.ddmseries.od.nih.gov or call (301) 496-3271.

NIDA, INSERM Forge New Collaboration

François Delattre (c), French ambassador to the United States, provided opening remarks at a NIDA Director’s Seminar Series on the importance of fostering exchange of scientific information between France and the U.S. and also signed the memorandum. Dr. André Syrota (r), chair and chief executive officer of INSERM and president, French National Alliance for Life and Health Sciences (Aviesan), gave the plenary address titled “New Challenges in Life and Health Research: Opportunities for Cooperation in the French Research Landscape.” NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow (l) signed on behalf of the institute.

On May 7, the National Institute on Drug Abuse and Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM)—the French scientific and technological institute focusing on human health—signed a memorandum of intent to strengthen cooperation in basic and clinical research and research training, specifically in the areas of neuroscience and psychiatry. François Delattre (c), French ambassador to the United States, provided opening remarks at a NIDA Director’s Seminar Series on the importance of fostering exchange of scientific information between France and the U.S. and also signed the memorandum. Dr. André Syrota (r), chair and chief executive officer of INSERM and president, French National Alliance for Life and Health Sciences (Aviesan), gave the plenary address titled “New Challenges in Life and Health Research: Opportunities for Cooperation in the French Research Landscape.” NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow (l) signed on behalf of the institute.

Feedback Welcome on Adverse Event Reporting

The National Cancer Institute is currently accepting open comment on the newest version of its adverse event reporting language.

The Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE) is used throughout the oncology research community as the standard grading scale for adverse events. The basic configuration of CTCAE is a list of adverse event terms associated with a grading scale—Grade 1 through Grade 5.

CTCAE has been revised based on feedback from users, including new term additions, clarifications in the grading of various terms, etc. The comment period for draft version CTCAE 5.0 will close on June 30. Suggestions received during this time will be considered for integration into the final product.

Examples of comments include requests for additional terms, changes to the grading for current terms and requests for clarification or examples of confusing language. Individuals should send comments to ncictcaehelp@mail.nih.gov.

For the latest information and to view CTCAE 5.0, visit http://ctep.cancer.gov/protocolDevelopment/electronic_applications/ctc.htm.

IntraMall Summer Showcase, June 19-20

The NIH IntraMall Summer Showcase will be held in the South Lobby of Bldg. 10 on Wednesday, June 19 and Thursday, June 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Since opening in June 1998, the IntraMall has become a leading NIH web site for using government purchase cards to locate, buy and track purchases from over 300 of its most frequently used suppliers, offering over 12 million lab, office and computer items.

The NIH IntraMall is open to all institutes and centers. Register for the event and a free lunch at http://intramalls.com/showcase, where a daily list of vendors is also displayed.

If you require reasonable accommodation to participate in this activity, call 888-644-6255 during business hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations at least 7 days before the event.

How Can NIH Help Smokers Quit?

Dr. Steven A. Schroeder

Dr. Steven A. Schroeder, professor of health care, division of general internal medicine, and director, Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, department of medicine, University of California, San Francisco, will speak on Tuesday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to noon in Natcher Bldg., balcony B. His topic is “Bridging the Gap Between What Health Professionals Should Do to Help Smokers Quit and What They Actually Do: What Is the Role of Public Health Care Workers and the NIH?” The talk is part of the NIH Office of Disease Prevention’s Medicine: Mind the Gap seminar series.

Although tobacco use remains by far the most important cause of death and disability, it fails to “punch its weight” among the policy, research and academic communities when compared with other conditions such as breast cancer, obesity or autism. There needs to be more direct focus on both helping smokers quit and preventing initiation of smoking. In addition, there are many important questions regarding how best to tailor smoking cessation interventions. Schroeder’s talk will address these issues.

No advance registration is needed. Email Paris.Watson@nih.gov or call (301) 496-6615 for sign language interpreters or other reasonable accommodation.

NITAAC Holds IT Acquisition Forum, June 18 at Natcher

The NIH Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center will present “At the Corner of Savings & Confidence,” an IT acquisition forum and exhibition, on Tuesday, June 18 from 9 a.m. to noon in Natcher Conference Center. Learn about government-wide acquisition contracts and visit more than 60 exhibits on the latest IT products, services and solutions. Attendance is free. Register at http://nitaac.nih.gov. For more information call 1-888-773-6542.

Fellows Get Creative with Seminar Series

Dr. Leighton Chan, chief of rehabilitation medicine at the Clinical Center, participates in panel on collaboration.
Dr. Leighton Chan, chief of rehabilitation medicine at the Clinical Center, participates in panel on collaboration.

Two presidential management fellows, Dr. Tim Puetz and F.L. Dammann, were recently challenged to create a management seminar series for the NIH Training Center.

Since May marks Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day and Mental Health Awareness Month, the two decided on the topic of veterans’ health. They contacted Dr. Christiane C. O’Hara, chair of the ArtReach Foundation’s Project America program. They also contacted Dr. Leighton Chan, chief of the Clinical Center’s rehabilitation medicine department, and Dr. Regina Armstrong, director of the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine, two key collaborators in NIH’s Traumatic Brain Injury Program. From this was born the series “Strategies for Effective Collaboration.”

The concept, Puetz and Dammann explained, was to bring together two seemingly different organizations and teach a lesson about the challenges of collaboration to the NIH community. Their intent was to expose the similarities and differences between NIH’s TBI program and the ArtReach program in their work with veterans.

ArtReach conducted two 3-hour workshops, each consisting of participants from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, veterans who work at NIH and regular employees who were simply interested in veterans’ health and creative arts. They participated in exercises that involved meditation, drawing, sculpting, dramatic improvisation, expressive movement and writing.

Attendees had positive reactions, say Puetz and Dammann. Plans for future workshops and collaboration between NIH, Walter Reed and ArtReach are in the works.


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