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NIH Record  
Vol. LXVII, No. 16
  July 31, 2015
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Grand Rounds Presents Surprise Guest
Can Stem Cell Transplant Relieve Sickle Cell Problems?

NHLBI’s Dr. Courtney Fitzhugh (l)introduces surprise guest speaker Adeyinka Taiwo, a participant in an NIH clinical trial.

NHLBI’s Dr. Courtney Fitzhugh (l) introduces surprise guest speaker Adeyinka Taiwo, a participant in an NIH clinical trial.

It’s not often that lecture audiences get to meet study participants. That rare treat occurred recently at Clinical Center Clinicopathologic Grand Rounds.

At first, it was pretty much Grand Rounds as usual. Presenters took turns describing various aspects of the day’s topic: “Reversal of chronic complications of sickle cell anemia with hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.” Researchers discussed, in particular, the history and nature of sickle cell disease (SCD) as well as clinical details from two cases. All indications pointed to stem cell transplants as a long-term remedy for the pain, organ damage and other debilitating conditions associated with SCD.

But seeing is believing.

NHLBI’s Dr. Courtney Fitzhugh then introduced a surprise guest speaker: A graphic designer—who had been 30 years old and had already had more than 50 blood transfusions to treat her SCD before coming to NIH—rose from the front row and took to the lectern.


Build Loyalty by Creating a Safe Environment, Sinek Advises

Simon Sinek speaks at NIH.

Simon Sinek speaks at NIH.

To cultivate loyalty among those who report to them, leaders should strive to create an environment in which employees feel secure. That’s the advice ethnographer and leadership expert Simon Sinek offered at a recent Deputy Director for Management Seminar in Masur Auditorium.

“The natural response to safety is trust and cooperation,” he said. “We work together to face the dangers and seize the opportunities. If we do not feel safe among our own, our natural inclination is to mistrust each other, mistrust our leaders and look out for ourselves.”