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Vol. LXVI, No. 14
July 4, 2014
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NSO Trio Entertains in CRC Atrium

The National Symphony Orchestra Violin and Piano Trio played a free concert June 17 in the atrium of the Clinical Research Center. It was the NSO’s fourth visit to the hospital as part of the orchestra’s Sound Health Initiative. Performing a 50-minute program that included works by Spohr and Shostakovich were (from l) Zino Bogachek, violin; Natasha Bogachek, violin; and Myriam Teie, piano. The audience included NIH director Dr. Francis Collins and CC director Dr. John Gallin, who welcomed the performers, patients, staff and visitors. The event was co-presented by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences and the Clinical Center.

The National Symphony Orchestra Violin and Piano Trio played a free concert June 17 in the atrium of the Clinical Research Center. It was the NSO’s fourth visit to the hospital as part of the orchestra’s Sound Health Initiative. Performing a 50-minute program that included works by Spohr and Shostakovich were (from l) Zino Bogachek, violin; Natasha Bogachek, violin; and Myriam Teie, piano. The audience included NIH director Dr. Francis Collins and CC director Dr. John Gallin, who welcomed the performers, patients, staff and visitors. The event was co-presented by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences and the Clinical Center.

Photo: Maria Maslennikov

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Graduate & Professional School Fair Set, July 16

The NIH Graduate and Professional School Fair will be held on Wednesday, July 16 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Natcher Conference Center. The fair provides an opportunity for NIH summer interns (especially those in college) and postbacs, as well as other college students in the D.C. area, to prepare for the next step in their careers by exploring educational programs leading to the Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., M.D./Ph.D. and other graduate and professional degrees. Exhibits will be open from 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Find a list of participating institutions planning to attend and registration information at https://www.training.nih.gov/gp_fair.

Symposium Marks MSTP 50th Anniversary

A fundamental challenge in medicine is translating basic research discoveries into new treatments, cures and other advances in patient care. For the past 50 years, the NIGMS Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) has been preparing physician-scientists to help meet this challenge.

The MSTP, which supports research training in both basic science and clinical research leading to the combined M.D.-Ph.D. (or other dual) degree, is marking its 50th anniversary with a symposium on Thursday, July 17, from 8 a.m. to noon in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Starting in 1964 with only 3 institutions and a handful of supported students, the program has grown to 45 institutions and more than 900 trainees per year.

At the symposium, current and former MSTP trainees will discuss their research as well as the impact of the program on their careers. Their presentations will cover a broad range of topics, including the biological basis of a rare genetic disorder known as Ogden syndrome, the development of novel molecular tools to study malarial parasites and outcomes research aimed at improving the treatment and care of people with coronary artery disease.

The symposium will also feature remarks by NIH director Dr. Francis Collins and Association of American Medical Colleges president and CEO Dr. Darrell Kirch. Dr. Clifford Harding, MSTP director at Case Western Reserve University and a former program participant, will provide historical recollections on the MSTP. The event will conclude with a discussion led by Dr. Sherry Mills, director of the NIH Office of Extramural Programs, about an advisory committee to the NIH director report on training physician-scientists.

For details and registration visit http://meetings.nigms.nih.gov/index.cfm?event=home&ID=18184.

New NIH Intramural Research Records Schedule

The NIH Office of Management Assessment (OMA) and Office of Intramural Research (OIR) have redesigned the NIH Intramural Research Records Schedule to better align policy with intramural research practices. OMA and OIR formed a trans-NIH working group to examine the management of intramural research records and data. The group included more than 20 Intramural Research Program administrators, biomedical researchers, clinical care employees and compliance/oversight staff who provided input and feedback. The effort resulted in streamlining of research record retention schedules, reducing the number of schedule items from approximately 95 to 12. These items are focused on both intramural research and clinical care records. The new schedule also includes criteria for evaluating the historical significance of records. The updates to the schedule will facilitate better understanding and implementation by program staff supporting better preservation of research records.

OMA is currently conducting training and information sessions to IC record liaisons to support the roll-out of the new schedule. A listing of NIH IC record liaisons can be found at http://oma.od.nih.gov/public/Lists/AllDMSContacts/Records%20Liaisons.aspx. If you have any questions about the new records schedule, contact Kim Johnson, NIH records officer, at johnsonk4@mail.nih.gov or (301) 496-2463..

Volkow Receives Nathan B. Eddy Award

Dr. Anna Rose Childress, Dr. Nora Volkow and Dr. Frank Vocci

Dr. Nora Volkow (c), director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, received the Nathan B. Eddy Award from the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) in San Juan, Puerto Rico on June 15. The award is named after a pioneer in the field of drug dependence and acknowledges outstanding research efforts that have advanced our knowledge of drug dependence. Volkow delivered a keynote address on the state of addiction research at the annual meeting of the CPDD, which featured 800 presentations by scientists from the United States and other nations, many of them supported by grants from NIDA. Shown with Volkow are NIDA grantee Dr. Anna Rose Childress and CPDD president Dr. Frank Vocci.

 

AAOS Representatives Visit NIH, Learn About Research

NIAMS director Dr. Stephen Katz (seated, 6th from left) oriented the group by giving an overview of the state of NIH and NIAMS. Dr. Timothy Bhattacharyya from the NIAMS intramural program then spoke about his research efforts to improve outcomes for orthopaedic patients, and Dr. Joan McGowan, director of the NIAMS Division of Musculoskeletal Diseases, described the many NIAMS-funded musculoskeletal research projects currently under way across the United States. The group then toured the Clinical Center and visited the movement analysis lab, where staff described the various types of research that help patients overcome mobility and movement problems.
To better understand NIAMS research on musculoskeletal conditions, 32 patients, family members and staff representing the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) recently visited the NIH campus before AAOS’s 2014 Research Capitol Hill Days. During Capitol Hill Days, patients, physicians and researchers meet with members of Congress to highlight recent advances and request continued support for musculoskeletal research. NIAMS director Dr. Stephen Katz (seated, 6th from left) oriented the group by giving an overview of the state of NIH and NIAMS. Dr. Timothy Bhattacharyya from the NIAMS intramural program then spoke about his research efforts to improve outcomes for orthopaedic patients, and Dr. Joan McGowan, director of the NIAMS Division of Musculoskeletal Diseases, described the many NIAMS-funded musculoskeletal research projects currently under way across the United States. The group then toured the Clinical Center and visited the movement analysis lab, where staff described the various types of research that help patients overcome mobility and movement problems.

‘Think Big’ Seminar Set, July 16

Join the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for an empowerment seminar “Think Big or Stay Where You Are” on Wednesday, July 16 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1. Cynthia Dunn of the Internal Revenue Service will be the facilitator. The seminar will provide additions to your career development tool kits. The event is sponsored by EDI’s Black, Asian American and Pacific Islander and Native American portfolios. Sign language interpreters will be provided. For more information, contact Victoria Gross, (301) 451-0746, Victoria.Gross@nih.gov or the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.


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