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April 7, 2017
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Author Pittampalli To Give DDM Seminar, Apr. 13

Author Al Pittampalli to give DDM seminar
Author Al Pittampalli to give DDM seminar

The Deputy Director for Management announces the third DDM seminar of the 2017 series “Management and Science: Partnering for Excellence.” The event on Thursday, Apr. 13 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, will feature Al Pittampalli, who will discuss “The Psychology of Great Meetings.” In this seminar, author Pittampalli will attempt to change the way we think about meetings so that we consistently conduct meetings that matter.

Videocasting and sign language will be provided. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to attend should call (301) 496-6211 or the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

For more information about the series, visit www.ddmseries.od.nih.gov or call (301) 496-3271.

NCCIH Talks Deal with Military Populations

Dr. Karen Seal
Dr. Karen Seal

NCCIH is sponsoring several events discussing research on mind and body therapies to help active-duty military personnel, veterans and their families with health issues such as chronic pain and anxiety.

On Monday, Apr. 10, at 10 a.m., Dr. Karen Seal will present in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10, on “Pain and Opioid Management in Veterans: Evidence, Lessons Learned and Future Directions in the Use of Collaborative and Integrated Care Approaches.” Seal has developed a novel, primary care-based, collaborative 2017approach to improve pain, opioid safety and use of nondrug strategies to manage chronic pain in veterans. Its components include shared decision-making, SMART goal planning and a multimodal pain care plan that aligns with a patient’s personal values and goals.

Seal is a professor in the departments of medicine and psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, and director of the integrated pain team and the integrated care clinic for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans at San Francisco VA Medical Center. Her lecture can be viewed on NCCIH’s Facebook page along with a Q&A session at 2 p.m. that day (facebook.com/nih.nccih) or at videocast.nih.gov.

Drs. Eric Schoomaker and Chester “Trip” Buckenmaier, both of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, will be featured in a Facebook Live Chat on Tuesday, Apr. 25, at 1 p.m. They will discuss mind and body approaches for pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and insomnia in military personnel and their families.

Schoomaker, a former U.S. Army lieutenant general, served as surgeon general of the U.S. Army and commanding general. Currently he is professor and vice-chair for leadership, centers and programs at USUHS, where Buckenmaier is professor, program director and principal investigator at the Defense and Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management.

Celebrate Minority Health Month

Come celebrate National Minority Health Month by participating in the Minority Health 5K Walk/Run. It will be held Wednesday, Apr. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The race will start and finish in front of Bldg. 1. Remember to bring your NIH ID. The event will be shown on Facebook Live! #MinorityHealth5K.

The activity is co-sponsored by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, the NIH Office of Research Services and the Recreation and Welfare Association Fitness and Wellbeing Program.

Register at https://www.nimhd.nih.gov/contactform/registration-form02.html.

NIAMS Roundtable Focuses on Psoriatic Arthritis Research

Roundtable participants included NIAMS director Dr. Stephen Katz (seated, third from l), deputy director Dr. Robert Carter (seated, c), director of the NIAMS Division of Skin and Rheumatic Diseases Dr. Susana Serrate-Sztein (standing, l), Dr. Robert Colbert, deputy clinical director of the NIAMS Intramural Research Program (standing, third from r) and staff members Drs. James Witter (seated, r) and Ricardo Cibotti (seated, second from l). The meeting was co-chaired by Katz along with NIAMS grantees Drs. Kevin Cooper (seated, l) and Christopher Ritchlin (seated, third from r).
Roundtable participants included NIAMS director Dr. Stephen Katz (seated, third from l), deputy director Dr. Robert Carter (seated, c), director of the NIAMS Division of Skin and Rheumatic Diseases Dr. Susana Serrate-Sztein (standing, l), Dr. Robert Colbert, deputy clinical director of the NIAMS Intramural Research Program (standing, third from r) and staff members Drs. James Witter (seated, r) and Ricardo Cibotti (seated, second from l). The meeting was co-chaired by Katz along with NIAMS grantees Drs. Kevin Cooper (seated, l) and Christopher Ritchlin (seated, third from r).

PHOTO: COLLEEN DUNDAS

NIH-supported basic, translational and clinical researchers, as well as a patient advocate, recently met with NIAMS leadership and staff to discuss research gaps and emerging opportunities in psoriatic arthritis.

This form of arthritis (joint inflammation) can occur in people who have the skin disease psoriasis. The group addressed topics such as ways to improve understanding of the unique pathophysiology of psoriatic arthritis, especially in the early or subclinical phases; similarities and differences between psoriatic arthritis and diseases such as psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis; and mechanisms underlying the relationship of metabolic and cardiovascular comorbidities to psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis.

Attendees also discussed approaches to engage new investigators, patients and patient advocacy organizations in this field and opportunities to promote collaborations between rheumatologists and dermatologists.

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