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April 21, 2017
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ODP Early-Stage Investigator Awardees To Speak, May 3

Winners of the Office of Disease Prevention’s inaugural Early-Stage Investigator Awards—Dr. Justin D. Brown and Dr. Katherine Keyes—will present on Wednesday, May 3 at 2 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The talks will precede the Robert S. Gordon, Jr. Lecture in Epidemiology.

The award recognizes early-career prevention scientists who have not competed successfully for a substantial NIH-supported research project before the award nomination submission deadline, but who have already made significant, outstanding research contributions to their respective fields and are poised to become future leaders in prevention research.

Brown is a research fellow in population sciences at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School. His presentation is titled “A Phase II Randomized Clinical Trial to Evaluate the Dose-Response Effects of Exercise on Prognostic Biomarkers among Colon Cancer Survivors.”

Brown has published more than 45 peer-reviewed papers in journals such as the Journal of Clinical Oncology and the Journal of the National Cancer Institute and is an editorial board member of BMC Cancer.

Keyes is an associate professor of epidemiology at Columbia University. Her presentation is titled “Alcohol Use and Morbidity Across Historical Time: What Does Variation Tell Us About Environmental Determinants of Alcohol-Related Outcomes?” Her research focuses on life course epidemiology with particular attention to psychiatric disorders, including examination of fetal origins of child and adult health, long-term outcomes of adverse childhood environments and cross-generational cohort effects on substance use, mental health and chronic disease.

Registration for the event is not required. The presentations will also be available via NIH Videocast. For more information, contact Dr. Stephanie M. George, stephanie.george@nih.gov.

‘Milestones in NINR History’ Released

The National Institute of Nursing Research has released an interactive timeline that highlights significant accomplishments, discoveries and initiatives over NINR’s 30-year history. The new web feature at https://www.ninr.nih.gov/milestones includes dates, images and links to learn more about each milestone.

“We are pleased to share a visual representation of some of the most important advances in nursing research over the past 30 years,” said NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady. “As we look toward the future of nursing science, these milestones can inform and inspire the work that we have ahead of us.”

To learn more about NINR’s 30th anniversary, visit https://www.ninr.nih.gov/newsandinformation/30years.

Jazz Quintet Entertains at CRC

The University of Maryland Jazz Quintet returned to NIH on Mar. 23 for a noontime performance in the atrium of the Clinical Research Center. The group performed classical jazz favorites as well as original tunes. Members include (top, from l) Gerry Kunkel, guitar; Joey Antico, drums; Griffith Kazmierczak, trumpet; John Previti, acoustic bass
The University of Maryland Jazz Quintet returned to NIH on Mar. 23 for a noontime performance in the atrium of the Clinical Research Center. The group performed classical jazz favorites as well as original tunes. Members include (top, from l) Gerry Kunkel, guitar; Joey Antico, drums; Griffith Kazmierczak, trumpet; John Previti, acoustic bass; and Chris Vadala, saxophones and flute. The Clinical Center and the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences presented the concert.

PHOTOS: BILL BRANSON
Chris Vadala, saxophones and flute. The Clinical Center and the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences presented the concert.

Virologist Corey Gives Hill Lecture, May 9

Dr. Lawrence Corey

Virologist and vaccine expert Dr. Lawrence Corey will deliver the 2017 James C. Hill Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, May 9, at 3 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. His talk, titled “Getting to an Effective HIV Vaccine: Perspectives on Progress,” will review the state of HIV vaccine development and describe current strategies to advance the field. The talk was originally scheduled for Mar. 14 but was postponed due to the weather. For more details, visit https://nihrecord.nih.gov/newsletters/2017/02_24_2017/story5.htm.


Credit Union Announces ‘Student Choice’ Loan Programs

The NIH Federal Credit Union has introduced its new Student Choice education loan programs. As a not-for-profit lender, NIHFCU can now help borrowers fund an undergraduate education. It also now has the ability to refinance existing student loan debt and potentially save borrowers thousands of dollars. Undergraduate lines of credit are available up to $75,000. Refinance loans go up to $250,000 for practicing physicians and $125,000 for all other professions.

“As the cost of an education and the level of student loan debt continue to rise, we know that many individuals are challenged by this burden and potentially delay other important life decisions,” said Steve Levin, NIHFCU vice president of marketing. “We are thrilled to now offer new solutions to help our members take more control of their student loan debt and simplify their lives.”

Rick Wieczorek, NIHFCU president and CEO adds, “The NIHFCU looks forward to proudly helping our current and future members navigate through the financial demands of funding and paying for an education. The Student Choice program is one of many new products we are developing to support the financial needs of the NIH workforce and the local health care community at large.”

To learn more about Student Choice, visit nihfcu.org/education or stop by any NIHFCU branch.

Postbac Poster Day Set, May 4

Postbac Poster Day, set for Thursday, May 4, will be held at the Natcher Conference Center from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The keynote address will begin at noon, followed by presentation of mentoring awards. Poster session I will take place from 10 a.m. to noon; poster session II goes from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Postbacs share research they have been conducting at NIH and develop their scientific communication and networking skills. Investigators, staff scientists and scientific administrators contribute by visiting posters and engaging authors in discussion.

For more information, visit https://www.training.nih.gov/postbac_poster_day.

Lieutenant Governor Opens NIDA Meeting

Maryland Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford (below) presents opening remarks at the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s annual Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network scientific meeting held Mar. 23-24 at Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. The gathering provides the CTN and its collaborators an opportunity to review and discuss the latest findings in substance abuse treatment research and their implications for substance use disorder researchers. Rutherford chairs the Maryland heroin and opioid task force.

Maryland Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford presents opening remarks at the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s annual Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network scientific meeting held Mar. 23-24 at Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. The gathering provides the CTN and its collaborators an opportunity to review and discuss the latest findings in substance abuse treatment research and their implications for substance use disorder researchers. Rutherford chairs the Maryland heroin and opioid task force.


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Belkaid To Give Dyer Lecture

Dr. Yasmine Belkaid

Dr. Yasmine Belkaid, director of the NIAID Microbiome Program and chief of the mucosal immunology section, will present the annual Rolla E. Dyer Lecture at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 26 in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Her talk is titled “The primary shield: role of our microbes in health and diseases.”

Belkaid’s work explores the field of immune regulation and has defined fundamental mechanisms that regulate tissue homeostasis and host immune responses. Her work uncovered key roles for the commensal microbiota and dietary factors in the maintenance of tissue immunity and protection against pathogens.

Established in 1950, the lecture series honors former NIH director Dr. Rolla E. Dyer, a noted authority on infectious diseases.

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