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Vol. LXVI, No. 21
October 10, 2014
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D.C.’s Top Chefs Turn Out for Inn Event

Local chef Spike Mendelsohn is joined by Children’s Inn guests Anthony and Christina Moundros.

Local chef Spike Mendelsohn is joined by Children’s Inn guests Anthony and Christina Moundros.

Some of D.C.’s most talented chefs helped to celebrate the opening of two highly anticipated, remodeled kitchens at the Children’s Inn at NIH on Sept. 15. The chefs, along with Erika Williams, TV news personality and wife of Washington Nationals Manager Matt Williams, donated their time and culinary talents to benefit the inn.

The chefs, who prepared a fine meal for the occasion, included Spike Mendelsohn (Good Stuff Eatery, Béarnaise and We, The Pizza), Will Artley (Pizzeria Orso), Chris Clime (PassionFish), Ris Lacoste (RIS/RIS Union Market), Matt Newland (Wildwood Kitchen), Shizu Okusa (JRINK Juicery), Kirk Francis (Captain Cookie Food Truck) and mixologist Josiah Alexander.

“We are grateful to these wonderful chefs for donating their time, talents and delicious food to help the inn thank those who gave generously to renovate these kitchens,” said Kathy Russell, inn CEO. “These kitchens provide our families with the opportunity to cook, eat and gather together as they would at home.”

Visit Wellness@NIH Site

Visit the Wellness@NIH web site (http://wellnessatnih.nih.gov). The new site is the first one-stop resource for information, services, online tools and events to support NIH workplace wellness. Topics covered include fitness, nutrition, work/life balance, being tobacco-free and health & safety.

Gala Raises Funds for Children’s Inn

NIH director Dr. Francis Collins (l) highlighted the inn’s important role in pediatric medical research. Ezmee Hutton (r), a 24-year-old who is currently undergoing treatment at NIH for an immune system disorder, talked about what a difference it has made for her to have the support and comfort of staying at the inn.

“From Every State, for Every Child,” was the theme of the 26th annual Congressional Gala held in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 16. The event raised $400,000 for the Children’s Inn at NIH. NIH director Dr. Francis Collins (l) highlighted the inn’s important role in pediatric medical research. Ezmee Hutton (r), a 24-year-old who is currently undergoing treatment at NIH for an immune system disorder, talked about what a difference it has made for her to have the support and comfort of staying at the inn.

NIDA Grantee Volunteers to Fight Ebola

Dr. Timothy P. Flanigan

National Institute on Drug Abuse grantee Dr. Timothy P. Flanigan is in Liberia for the next 2 months volunteering his services to help fight the Ebola crisis. He is working with Catholic health centers, clinics and hospitals to provide additional training and assessment of readiness. Most recently, he led training at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital, which recently suffered from an Ebola outbreak. Unfortunately, a dozen staff members became infected and died. Flanigan is principal investigator on a NIDA-funded institutional training grant that supports training of clinicians in the field of drug abuse and co-occurring infections, including HIV. “We are very proud of him and wish him the best for his safe return,” said Dr. Jag Khalsa of NIDA’s Division of Pharmacotherapies and Medical Consequences of Drug Abuse, who has known Flanigan for 20 years. Flanigan is also chief of the division of infectious diseases in the department of medicine at Brown University. At Miriam Hospital Immunology Center, he provides comprehensive HIV care and participates in clinical care and research at Rhode Island Prison.

APAO Donates to Children’s Inn

The Asian and Pacific Islander American Organization (APAO) recently donated $250 from the proceeds of its Ethnic Food Fair to the Children’s Inn at NIH. Each year, APAO organizes a fair in May on the patio of Bldg. 31 with food, demonstrations and entertainment, to celebrate Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month. Shown at the gift presentation are (from l) Kausik Ray; Aaron Bell; Lauren Stabert, representing the inn; Shioko Kimura; JoAnne Wong; Chunzhang Yang; Chuan-Ming Li; and Jimmy Do. Since 1990, the inn has served more than 13,500 families.

The Asian and Pacific Islander American Organization (APAO) recently donated $250 from the proceeds of its Ethnic Food Fair to the Children’s Inn at NIH. Each year, APAO organizes a fair in May on the patio of Bldg. 31 with food, demonstrations and entertainment, to celebrate Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month. Shown at the gift presentation are (from l) Kausik Ray; Aaron Bell; Lauren Stabert, representing the inn; Shioko Kimura; JoAnne Wong; Chunzhang Yang; Chuan-Ming Li; and Jimmy Do. Since 1990, the inn has served more than 13,500 families.

Photo: Chris Parker

NSO Makes Fifth Visit to Clinical Center

The National Symphony Orchestra made its fifth visit within the past year to the Clinical Center on Sept. 17, giving a 75-minute concert before a standing-room-only audience assembled not only on the CRC atrium floor, but also on the floors above. Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl (above, c) led the orchestra through five selections, concluding with Mozart’s well-known Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525. In addition to the concert, an NSO women’s committee hosted an instrument petting zoo and NSO ensemble performance at the Children’s Inn on Sept. 22. The NSO returns to the CC in mid-November as part of its Sound Health Initiative, which brings orchestral music to area hospitals and medical centers. The NIH concerts are sponsored by the CC and the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences.

The National Symphony Orchestra made its fifth visit within the past year to the Clinical Center on Sept. 17, giving a 75-minute concert before a standing-room-only audience assembled not only on the CRC atrium floor, but also on the floors above. Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl (above, c) led the orchestra through five selections, concluding with Mozart’s well-known Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525. In addition to the concert, an NSO women’s committee hosted an instrument petting zoo and NSO ensemble performance at the Children’s Inn on Sept. 22. The NSO returns to the CC in mid-November as part of its Sound Health Initiative, which brings orchestral music to area hospitals and medical centers. The NIH concerts are sponsored by the CC and the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences.

Photos: Bill Branson

In addition to the concert, an NSO women’s committee hosted an instrument petting zoo and NSO ensemble performance at the Children’s Inn on Sept. 22. The NSO returns to the CC in mid-November as part of its Sound Health Initiative, which brings orchestral music to area hospitals and medical centers. The NIH concerts are sponsored by the CC and the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences.

 

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7996a5RzThM&list=UU_NQ14VoXhmabaSZ4RWgKWw

Fulbright Visiting Scholar To Give Lecture, Nov. 4

Dr. Melanie Cheung (Ngāti Rangitihi, Te Arawa)

Dr. Melanie Cheung (Ngāti Rangitihi, Te Arawa), a Fulbright New Zealand scholar developing a brain resilience training program for Huntington’s disease, will deliver a special lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. in the Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Rm. 620/630.

Huntington’s disease is a progressive brain disorder affecting an estimated 3 to 7 per 100,000 people of European ancestry. Cheung is committed to exploring both indigenous and Western scientific paradigms to help people with neurodegenerative diseases. Her work integrates experimental neurobiology, bioethics, tikanga (ceremony/customary) and Mātauranga Māori (Maori traditional knowledge).

The lecture is free and open to the public and sponsored by NIMHD, NINDS and the Fogarty International Center. For reasonable accommodation, call (301) 402-1366 or the Federal Relay at 1-800-877-8339.


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