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Vol. LXVI, No. 17
August 15, 2014
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NIAAA Hosts Workshop/Webinar on Neurobiology of Addiction, Sept. 2

On Sept. 2, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism will host a one-day workshop/webinar. The purpose is to highlight recent progress in the understanding of neuroimmune mechanisms contributing to brain function and alcohol dependence.

The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The location is the terrace level conference room in 5635 Fishers Ln., Rockville.

The workshop will also be webcast live through the NIH Videocast site: http://videocast.nih.gov/. For registration information and to view the agenda, visit www.niaaa.nih.gov/news-events/meetings-events-exhibits/niaaa-workshop.

The workshop’s contact person and principal organizer is Dr. Changhai Cui, program director in NIAAA’s Division of Neuroscience and Behavior. Cui said it is becoming increasingly clear that alcohol and other drugs of abuse modulate neuroimmune signaling. From recent studies, neuroimmune signaling has been shown to have an important role in neurodevelopment, synaptic function and neuroendocrine function. These findings provide an important framework in understanding neuroimmune modulation’s role in the neurobiology of addiction.

This workshop will bring together scientists from the alcohol research field and other fields to highlight recent science advances, identify research gaps and discuss future directions and potential collaborations.

International Expo Set, Sept. 9

The 9th International Opportunities Expo and career event, sponsored by the visiting fellows subcommittee of the NIH fellows committee (FelCom), is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 9 in the NIH FAES Education Center, Bldg. 10 from noon to 4:30 p.m.

The event focuses on opportunities for postdoctoral fellows and graduate students interested in pursuing international science careers. Fellows can meet and network with science and technology representatives to explore research, funding and international career opportunities. Representatives from embassies, funding agencies and globally minded science and health organizations will be on hand to answer questions and promote their programs and resources.

Whether you are in a job search or at the beginning of your training, the expo provides an opportunity to gather information you will need to help prepare for an international career.

For more information, visit https://www.training.nih.gov/international_expo_2014.

‘Safe Workplaces’ Photo Contest Calls for Images

Whether photography is a passion, hobby or just something you occasionally dabble in, the Office of Research Services, Division of Occupational Health and Safety invites you to help build and sustain a positive safety culture at NIH through photography. Contribute to the effort by capturing/creating and sharing an image (or up to 3 images) depicting safe workplaces or activities—laboratory workers using personal protective equipment, crossing guards on busy streets, construction workers using safety gear, etc.

DOHS will share your photos with the NIH community through safety publications, pamphlets and posters. First, second and third place photographs will be framed and prominently displayed outside the ORS office; the images also will be featured on the ORS/DOHS web site. Winners will receive recognition and a framed certificate from NIH leadership.

The submission period lasts through Friday, Oct. 31. Also new this year will be an “In-Focus! Safe Workplaces for All” table at Safety Health and Wellness Day, Wednesday, Aug. 27, where you can get flyers and find out more about the contest. To learn more about the contest, rules, panel of judges, selection process and to submit your photo, visit http://go.usa.gov/XEzY.

If you have questions, email ORSSafetyDay@mail.nih.gov or send written questions to NIH, OD, ORS, DOHS (Attn: NIH Mission First, Safety Always Questions), Bldg. 13, Rm. 3K04, 13 South Dr., MSC 5760, Bethesda, MD 20892-5760.

Dr. Kenner Rice

Chemist Rice Gives Daly Lecture

Dr. Kenner Rice spoke about “Medicinal Chemistry as an Enabling Art in Biomedicine” at the annual John Daly Memorial Lecture recently. Rice is chief of the drug design and synthesis section and Chemical Biology Research Branch for NIDA and NIAAA. He presented some of his work on opioid receptor affinity ligands, unnatural opioid enantiomers (mirror image forms of the natural opiates) as drugs and research tools and the development of cyclofoxy as a PET imaging agent for opioid receptors in living primates and humans. He also described recent progress in the development of a dual anti-heroin, anti-HIV vaccine using a metabolism-resistant hapten approach.

Photo: Krysten Carrera


OMB’s Harris Visits NIH, Meets with Leadership

NIH director Dr. Francis Collins (l) and several of his deputy directors welcomed Dr. Julian Harris, program associate director for health in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and several OMB staff members to NIH’s campus on July 23 for a discussion in the Porter Neuroscience Research Center and lab tours in the C.W. Bill Young Bldg. The group met first in the PNRC to talk about a number of topics, including the recently launched Accelerating Medicines Partnership and Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies initiatives. Then, Collins led the group on a tour of several NIAID labs with intramural scientists at the Young Center, where talks turned to research on antimicrobial resistance.

NIH director Dr. Francis Collins (l) and several of his deputy directors welcomed Dr. Julian Harris, program associate director for health in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and several OMB staff members to NIH’s campus on July 23 for a discussion in the Porter Neuroscience Research Center and lab tours in the C.W. Bill Young Bldg. The group met first in the PNRC to talk about a number of topics, including the recently launched Accelerating Medicines Partnership and Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies initiatives. Then, Collins led the group on a tour of several NIAID labs with intramural scientists at the Young Center, where talks turned to research on antimicrobial resistance.

Photo: Ernie Branson

Nominees Sought for Safety Award

The NIH “Mission First, Safety Always” Award, presented by the Office of Research Services, showcases personnel who have demonstrated leadership, innovation and involvement in their organization’s safety culture and promoted safety in the workplace. Nominations can be submitted online at http://go.usa.gov/XPJW.

Nominate a colleague who has demonstrated safety leadership, with examples in two or more of these areas: leadership attributes that set the nominee apart from peers; starting and/or leading a safety initiative; engaging peers and transforming the safety culture of the organization; promoting safety as an important part of your program; working to correct unsafe or unhealthful workplace conditions or hazards.

Nominations are open until Friday, Oct. 31. If you have questions, email ORSSafetyDay@mail.nih.gov or send written questions to: NIH, OD, ORS, DOHS (Attn: NIH Mission First, Safety Always Questions), Bldg. 13, Rm. 3K04, 13 South Dr., MSC 5760, Bethesda, MD
20892-5760.

Dr. Hannah Valantine

Valantine Addresses Diversity Workshop

Dr. Hannah Valantine, NIH chief officer for scientific workforce diversity, spoke at a workshop organized by the NIH program leadership committee titled “Who’s In Your Portfolio—Building a Stronger Program through Diversity.” The workshop explored approaches and strategies for engaging the broader extramural program community in NIH’s efforts to promote a diverse biomedical/behavioral workforce and presented perspectives on how diversity promotes stronger research and training programs. The workshop was held July 8, 10 and 29 in Bldg. 31.

Photo: Ernie Branson

Wednesday Afternoon Lectures Resume

The 2014-2015 Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series kicks off a new season on Wednesday, Sept. 3 with Dr. Andrew P. Feinberg of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine speaking on “The Epigenetic Basis of Common Human Disease.” All lectures will be held at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

To learn more about the speakers coming to campus this year, visit http://wals.od.nih.gov. You can view the entire 2014-2015 Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series schedule there as well as download the season’s poster. For day-of event information, follow WALS on Twitter, @NIHWALS. For any questions or requests, contact Jacqueline Roberts at robertsjm@od.nih.gov or (301) 594-6747.


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