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NIH Record  
Vol. LXVI, No. 21
  October 10, 2014
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Post or Find Equipment, Supplies at NIH FreeStuff
NEI’s eyeGENE Enrolls 5,000th Patient
NIMHD Holds First Scientific Operational Planning Meeting
Researchers Review Research Progress, Treatments at Rare Tumor Symposium
Recruitment for 2015 Leadership Programs
Grady Highlights Person-Centered Health At UCSF Commencement
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Welcome Mat for Potential Participants
‘Clinical Trials and You’ Site Uses ‘Front Porch’ Approach

Web site about participating in clinical research offers personal appeal.
Web site about participating in clinical research offers personal appeal.

Nicholas, a high school honor student who enjoys Brazilian jujitsu, joined a clinical trial so doctors could learn more about sickle cell anemia. He was diagnosed with the disorder as an infant. Melanie has always been interested in public service and wanted to contribute to science. She signed on as a “healthy volunteer” in clinical research because she lost a sister to cancer. Alyssa has a bone disorder that affects only one in a million people worldwide. She and her family found out about taking part in medical studies after they met a scientist conducting research on her condition. Physician-researcher Susan Shurin is a pediatrician. She says that for her and other doctors who become clinical investigators, the rewards multiply “because you end up having an impact that goes way beyond the patient you’re taking care of.”

People involved in clinical research are fascinating. You can learn more about them and get different perspectives on participating in medical research when you visit NIH’s Clinical Research and You (CRAY) web site, www.nih.gov/health/clinicaltrials/index.htm. The site celebrates its third birthday later this month.


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31st NIH Institute Relay Draws 91 Teams

NIH director Dr. Francis Collins blows the whistle starting heat 1 of the 31st NIH Institute Relay.
NIH director Dr. Francis Collins blows the whistle starting heat 1 of the 31st NIH Institute Relay.

“On your mark, get set...” And with that, NIH director Dr. Francis Collins blew his whistle, signaling the start of the 31st NIH Institute Relay.

The crowd roared as the runners took off and cheers continued as the relay teams ran laps around Bldg. 1.

On Sept. 18, 91 teams ran the half-mile course in two heats under perfect weather conditions. NIDDK’s Run from Obesity finished first in 13:33. Their name will be engraved on the Allen Lewis NIH Memorial Trophy in the Bldg. 31 Fitness Center.


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