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Vol. LXVI, No. 22
October 24, 2014

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Fulbright Visiting Scholar To Lecture, Nov. 4

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

‘Safe to Sleep’ Campaign Celebrates 20th Anniversary

‘Safe to Sleep’ Campaign Celebrates 20th Anniversary Ad

The NICHD-led Safe to Sleep campaign celebrates its 20th anniversary this month, coinciding with National SIDS Awareness Month. The campaign’s original guideline was to place babies to sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of SIDS. In recent years, the campaign expanded to include guidelines to reduce the risk of other sleep-related causes of infant death, such as accidental suffocation, by providing a safe environment for infant sleep.

Safe to Sleep seeks to inform all those who care for infants about how to provide a safe sleep environment. Key messages include placing a baby to sleep on the back for every sleep time, including naps; on a firm surface such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib, bassinet or play yard with no soft bedding, crib bumpers or toys; on a separate sleep surface in the same room next to where the parents sleep. The campaign reaches out to mothers and fathers, but also to grandparents, babysitters, other caregivers and health care providers. October anniversary events include:

  • A Thunderclap, a tool that allows many social media users to send an important message at once, on Oct. 20
  • An interactive tool on the Safe to Sleep web site (at that shows what a safe sleep environment looks like
  • An article by Dr. Shavon Artis, Safe to Sleep campaign coordinator, in Parents magazine
  • Conversations from the Oct. 7 Twitter chat.

Acting Surgeon General To Kick Off Seminar on Disease Prevention

Rear Adm. Boris Lushniak
Rear Adm. Boris Lushniak

Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak, acting surgeon general and chair of the National Prevention Council, will introduce the next Medicine: Mind the Gap seminar on Wednesday, Nov. 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. in Natcher Bldg., balcony B.

He will highlight the National Prevention Strategy, the need to create and maintain healthy and safe communities and the role the built environment plays in promoting physical and mental well-being. The built environment refers to the human-made surroundings of a community such as parks, sidewalks, buildings, neighborhoods and transportation systems.

Three speakers will discuss examples of organizations and communities working to promote health and prevent disease through changes in the built environment: Dr. Allen Glicksman, director of research and evaluation at the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging; Rachel MacCleery, senior vice president of the Urban Land Institute; and Gwen Wright, planning director of the Montgomery County planning department.

Registration is not required; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign language interpreters will be provided. Those who require reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Christine Jones,, (301) 496-4819.

The seminar will also be available through videocast and archived at

The Medicine: Mind the Gap, Translating from Clinic to Curbside Series explores the science of prevention in community-based settings. This event, the first seminar in this series, is sponsored by the NIH Office of Disease Prevention and the Office of the Surgeon General. For information, visit

Veterans Day Celebration, Nov. 5

The 2014 NIH Veterans Day Celebration will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 5 in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 from 10 to 11 a.m. followed by exhibits and refreshments in the South Lobby until 12:30 p.m. NIH director Dr. Francis Collins will recognize veterans’ contributions and introduce guest speaker Commander Everett Alvarez Jr., (USN ret.), who was the first American pilot to be shot down and held as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam.

NIDA Director Featured At TEDMED 2014

Dr. Nora Volkow

Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, was a speaker at the TEDMED 2014 conference held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. TEDMED is an annual multi-disciplinary gathering where leaders from all sectors of society come together to explore the promise of technology and potential of human achievement in health and medicine. This year’s theme was “Unlocking Imagination in Service of Health and Medicine.” Volkow, who spoke on Sept. 11, was one of 11 experts in the session “Stealing Smart,” where speakers shared inspiring stories and ideas about how to adapt solutions from other industries and fields to solve the most intractable problems in health and medicine. She addressed the neuroscience of obesity and parallels between compulsive overeating and drug addiction.


Next Protocol Navigation Lecture, Nov. 3

The IRP Protocol Navigation Training Program Seminar Series continues on Monday, Nov. 3 from 2 to 3 p.m. in Bldg. 50, Conf. Rm. 1227/1328. Dr. Laura Lyman Rodriguez of NHGRI will present “NIH Genetic Data Sharing Policy and Protecting the Privacy of Genomic Information.” For details, contact Beverly Barham, (301) 594-2494, or Marcia Vital, (301) 451-9437,

NIAMS Summer Program Trains Young People

NIAMS Summer Program Trains Young People
This past summer, 14 interns with diverse backgrounds and scientific interests spent 8 weeks in the NIAMS Summer Research Program. They received career mentoring from senior researchers, attended lectures, engaged in basic and clinical research and gained credentials that will help them pursue career goals. Many had participated in the program before and returned to expand their skills. “My experience at the NIH was by far one of the best I’ve ever had, due largely to the wonderful team of scientists I got to work with,” said one. “I am very grateful for their time and investment in my scientific career and to NIAMS for giving me this great opportunity.” The NIAMS Summer Research Program provides opportunities for high school, undergraduate, graduate and medical students contemplating a career in biomedical research or academic medicine. Students can apply online at from Nov. 15 to Mar. 1. Flanking this summer’s cadre (above) are Dr. Robert Walker (l) chief, NIAMS Career Development and Outreach Branch, and program assistant Annamma Kimbrough (r).

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