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NIH Record  
Vol. LXV, No. 16
  August 2, 2013
 Features
CC Celebrates 60 Years of Medical Discovery with Special Grand Rounds
Harm Comes to ‘Tree of Hippocrates’
NINDS Sponsors Workshop on Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Dementias
Parental Messages Take Hold on College Campuses, Research Indicates
NIAMS Advocates Tour Campus
NEI Expands International Research Consortium
Integrating Palliative,
Oncology Care Shows Benefit
Second Annual Pheo Symposium Draws International Crowd
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The CC’s ‘Tree of Life’
Patient’s Mother Brings Art, Joy to Pediatric Rooms

Lauren Sidorowicz enjoys a U2 concert in Baltimore in summer 2011.

Lauren Sidorowicz enjoys a U2 concert in Baltimore in summer 2011.

There are trees painted on the windows in the Clinical Center—trees with welcoming branches like the arms of an old friend.

These are the creation of special volunteer Annette Weller, a self-taught artist who decorates the pediatric unit with her original work.

Weller is the mother of Lauren Marie Weller Sidorowicz, who received treatment at NIH for Ewing’s sarcoma, a type of cancer. Diagnosed at age 18, Lauren spent 8 years on many different NIH protocols, both pediatric and adult. She passed away on Dec. 14, 2011.

“Lauren had many inpatient stays with surgeries, chemo and radiation,” said Weller. “She was one of the first of the Ewing’s transplants; her sister Lindsay donated stem cells. So this was a home for us. They took us in and wrapped their arms around us. Doctors, nurses, guys parking the cars, the front desk, the people who make the coffee…”
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‘Move the Whole Curve’
Galea Calls for Re-engagement in Population Health

Dr. Sandro Galea

Dr. Sandro Galea

In Greek mythology, Prometheus, champion of humanity, stole fire from heaven and delivered it to mortals on Earth. Zeus, king of the gods, was so enraged by the theft that he sentenced Prometheus to be chained to a rock in eternal torment.

That Promethean fire of human progress foretells modern science. Yet unlike Prometheus, we who work in biomedical research and public health are expected to challenge prevailing wisdom. To question assumptions is crucial to the scientific method, which is designed to let reality speak for itself.


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