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February 12, 2016

NIH Hosts Rare Disease Day, Feb. 29

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On Monday, Feb. 29, NIH will host Rare Disease Day, which takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Speakers include Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ); NIH director Dr. Francis Collins; NCATS director Dr. Christopher Austin; Clinical Center director Dr. John Gallin; and NCATS Office of Rare Diseases Research and Division of Clinical Innovation director Dr. Petra Kaufmann.

The event will feature presentations, posters and exhibits, tours of the Clinical Center and an art show. Admission is free and open to the public. In association with Global Genes, participants are encouraged to wear their favorite pair of jeans.

Prior to the event, on Feb. 22, NIH will host a Twitter chat on rare diseases from 2 to 3 p.m. with Collins and Austin. Join the conversation by following #NIHChat.

To see the Rare Disease Day agenda and to register, visit Follow the event on social media at #RDDNIH.

Symposium Honors Female FARE Winners

Each year, the NIH women scientist advisory committee selects two or three female winners of the Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE) to be honored as WSA Scholars for their outstanding scientific research. To honor the WSA FARE winners, a symposium will be held on Monday, Feb. 29 at 2:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Bldg. 1. Each scholar will present her work and the talks will be followed by a reception. All are invited to attend.

The 2016 WSA FARE winners and their topics are:

Dr. Sigal Shachar, “Systematic identification of genome positioning factors by high-throughput screening”
Dr. Heekyoung Bae, “Deletion of the IFN-gamma 3’ UTR AU-rich element results in primary biliary cirrhosis in female C57/BL6 mice”

Dr. Neelam Debas Sen, “Tale of two DEAD-box RNA helicases: Ded1 and eIF4A have distinct but overlapping functions in regulating eukaryotic translation initiation in vivo.”

Bowles To Give NINR Director’s Lecture, Mar. 3

Dr. Kathryn H. Bowles

Dr. Kathryn H. Bowles will present the first 2016 NINR Director’s Lecture on Thursday, Mar. 3 from 1 to 2 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. Her talk “Innovations to Improve Discharge Planning” will describe her studies using information technology to improve care for older adults.

Her journey began with a clinical question and includes co-founding a software company, which was awarded two Small Business Innovation Research grants from NINR, to further develop and distribute her team’s work aimed at improving discharge planning and decision-making following release from the hospital.

Bowles is the van Ameringen professor in nursing excellence, director of the Center for Integrative Science in Aging at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and vice president and director of the Center for Home Care Policy and Research at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. Her ongoing study, funded by NINR, focuses on the development of decision-support tools to determine the best site of care for those needing care following hospital discharge. Bowles’s other research interests include telehealth technology, home care and evaluation of electronic health records.

The NINR Director’s Lecture Series is designed to bring the nation’s top nurse scientists to campus to share their work and interests with a trans-disciplinary audience. The event is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, visit

NIH To Celebrate Pi Day, Mar. 14

Pi Day Ad

NIH will hold a Pi Day Celebration on 3.14 (Mar. 14). Pi Day is observed on this day around the world; to see how others are marking it, visit The goal of the NIH event is to increase awareness across the community of the role that the quantitative sciences play in biomedical science.

The day will be packed with events, including a keynote address by Dr. Carlos Bustamante, chair of Stanford’s new department of biomedical data science (1 p.m., Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10). The lecture will be open to the public and available by videocast.

Other events include:

  • PiCo Lightning Talks — 3 slides, 1 idea, 4 minutes (10-11 a.m.)
  • Poster/Demo Session and Networking Event, with food provided by FAES (11 a.m.-1 p.m.)
  • Workshop on Reproducible Research, (2:30-4:30 p.m.)
  • Pi Day Scholars Event for high school students and their teachers (all day)
  • Pies by Eurest available for purchase and donation

Join the Pi Day conversation—include #NIH_PiDay in your tweets. For more information, including a schedule of events, visit

Sailing Association To Hold Open House

The NIH Sailing Association invites everyone to its open house on Wednesday, Mar. 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the FAES House at the corner of Old Georgetown Rd. and Cedar Ln.

Explore your interest in learning to sail and discover opportunities for sailing with NIHSA. There will be information about 6-week basic training classes, boat chartering, the club’s racing program and social activities offered by NIHSA. A fee of $5 at the door includes pizza, drinks and snacks. Cash bar for beer and wine—$2 each.

Look for NIHSA posters and flyers around campus. Registration is now open for the spring (April-May) and summer (July-August) basic training classes.

For more information, visit

Craven To Speak in NLM Series, Mar. 9

The next speaker in the National Library of Medicine Informatics Lecture Series will be Dr. Mark Craven, discussing “Inferring Host-Pathogen Interactions from Diverse Data Sources” on Wednesday, Mar. 9 from 2-3 p.m. in Lister Hill Center Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

Dr. Mark Craven will give the next NLM Informatics Lecture.
Dr. Mark Craven will give the next NLM Informatics Lecture.

Craven is a professor in the department of biostatistics and medical informatics at the University of Wisconsin and an affiliate faculty member in the department of computer sciences. He is director of the Center for Predictive Computational Phenotyping, one of NIH’s Centers of Excellence for Big Data Computing. He is also director of the NIH/NLM-funded Computation and Informatics in Biology and Medicine Training Program and a member of the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, the Carbone Cancer Center and the Genome Center of Wisconsin.

Craven will discuss his work in three studies that involve developing and applying predictive methods in order to characterize host-pathogen interactions.

Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Ebony Hughes at (301) 451-8038 or or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).

The talk will be broadcast live and archived at

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