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NIH Record  
Vol. LXV, No. 22
  October 25, 2013
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‘Unmatched Potential’
Collins Convenes Ad Hoc ACD Meeting to Advance Two Issues Immediately

NIH director Dr. Francis Collins convened an ad hoc teleconference of the advisory committee to the NIH director (ACD) on Sept. 16 to consider findings of the BRAIN Initiative working group and the HeLa genome data access working group.

To Solve an ‘Enormous Mystery’

First on the agenda were Dr. Cornelia “Cori” Bargmann of the Rockefeller University and Dr. William Newsome of Stanford University, cochairs of the ACD working group charged with reviewing the neuroscience landscape to outline the scientific goals of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative.

The cochairs presented the working group’s interim report identifying high-priority research areas for NIH funding in fiscal year 2014. Announced last April by President Obama, the initiative that involves NIH—along with two other federal agencies, DARPA and the National Science Foundation and several private sector organizations—will provide “transformative” knowledge to unlock the “enormous mystery” of the brain.

‘I Learn About Life Here’
Barbers of NIH: ‘If You’ve Got Hair, We’ll Cut It’

Barber Chuck Sartor
Barber Chuck Sartor
It’s 7:30 a.m. and the Clinical Center barbershop is open for business.

“Cutting patients’ hair—that’s our number one request from the hospital,” says barber Earl Sartor, who’s been with NIH for 11 years. “The barbershop is very important to the well-being of the patients.” Along with his brother Chuck, Earl works both at bedside and in the shop near the B1 cafeteria in Bldg. 10.

Here, they serve an essential purpose. “If you’re getting chemo, and you’re already sick and racked in pain,” Earl explains, “you got hair falling out, and you scratch it; sometimes it bleeds and then you have more chance of getting an infection.”

For these vulnerable patients, the staff may recommend a haircut.