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June 2, 2017
Briefs

Achor To Present Season’s Final DDM Seminar, June 15 in Masur

Shawn Achor

The fourth and final Deputy Director for Management (DDM) seminar of the 2017 series “Management and Science: Partnering for Excellence” will be held on Thursday, June 15 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Guest speaker Shawn Achor will discuss “Positive Psychology, Productivity and the Science of Happiness.” Achor, an expert on human potential, will connect happiness and success during the seminar.

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

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

Clancy To Keynote NLM Conference on Reproducibility

Dr. Carolyn Clancy

NLM, the Friends of the National Library of Medicine and Research!America will host a conference, “Consequential and Reproducible Clinical Studies: Charting the Course for Continuous Improvement.” It will take place June 14-15 in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

The conference will discuss prevention of non-repeatable research and inconsequential studies, highlight positive strategies to achieve trustworthy results and significant quality improvement in clinical research studies.

Dr. Carolyn Clancy, deputy undersecretary for health for organizational excellence, Veterans Health Administration, will deliver the keynote address.

Speakers include Dr. Mike Lauer, NIH deputy director for extramural research; Dr. Margaret Mooney, chief, Clinical Investigations Branch, NCI; Dr. Deborah Zarin, director of ClinicalTrials.gov, NLM; Dr. Robert Califf, professor of medicine, Duke University; and Larry Pieperl, chief editor, PLOS Medicine at Public Library of Science.

The complete program, along with information about registration, travel and accommodations, can be found at www.fnlm.org/events_upcoming.php.

Sweden’s King Visits NIH for Updates

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (fourth from l) led a 35+ member Swedish royal technology mission to NIH on May 4. Offering an overview of NIH and the role of digitalization in achieving more efficient research was Dr. Lawrence Tabak (fifth from l), NIH principal deputy director. NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci (sixth from l) presented the latest developments in antimicrobial resistance research and NINDS director Dr. Walter Koroshetz (seventh from l) updated the group on current BRAIN Initiative research activities. Also on hand were (from l) Björn Lyrvall, Swedish ambassador to the United States; FIC director Dr. Roger Glass; Leif Johansson, chairman of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences; and Prof. Björn O. Nilsson, president of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.
King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (fourth from l) led a 35+ member Swedish royal technology mission to NIH on May 4. Offering an overview of NIH and the role of digitalization in achieving more efficient research was Dr. Lawrence Tabak (fifth from l), NIH principal deputy director. NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci (sixth from l) presented the latest developments in antimicrobial resistance research and NINDS director Dr. Walter Koroshetz (seventh from l) updated the group on current BRAIN Initiative research activities. Also on hand were (from l) Björn Lyrvall, Swedish ambassador to the United States; FIC director Dr. Roger Glass; Leif Johansson, chairman of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences; and Prof. Björn O. Nilsson, president of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (fourth from l) led a 35+ member Swedish royal technology mission to NIH on May 4. Offering an overview of NIH and the role of digitalization in achieving more efficient research was Dr. Lawrence Tabak (fifth from l), NIH principal deputy director. NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci (sixth from l) presented the latest developments in antimicrobial resistance research and NINDS director Dr. Walter Koroshetz (seventh from l) updated the group on current BRAIN Initiative research activities. Also on hand were (from l) Björn Lyrvall, Swedish ambassador to the United States; FIC director Dr. Roger Glass; Leif Johansson, chairman of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences; and Prof. Björn O. Nilsson, president of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.
Tabak and King Carl chat during a break in the 90-minute session.

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NIAMS Vasculitis Researchers Present at Regional Conference

Dr. Peter Grayson, head of the NIAMS Vasculitis Translational Research Program, and Elaine Novakovich, NIAMS research nurse specialist, recently spoke at the Vasculitis Foundation’s 2017 Patient and Family Regional Symposium in Bethesda. The purpose of this 1-day conference was to educate patients and their family members about vasculitis.

NIAMS’s Dr. Peter Grayson (l) and nurse Elaine Novakovich
NIAMS’s Dr. Peter Grayson (l) and nurse Elaine Novakovich

Grayson described medical advances in the two major forms of vasculitis: ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV) and large vessel vasculitis (LVV). He discussed how “big data” can be used to develop personalized medicine approaches in AAV and how cutting-edge imaging technologies can be used to assess vascular inflammation in LVV.

Novakovich addressed key findings in the team’s research regarding the burden of disease that patients with vasculitis commonly experience. “Connecting with patients at the conference and letting them know that we hear their concerns are invaluable ways to nurture their involvement as we continue to strive to understand this disease through research,” she said.

Both Grayson and Novakovich fielded questions from attendees regarding current vasculitis studies at NIH. For more information on the Vasculitis Translational Research Program, visit the NIAMS web site.

Webinar on Use of Electronic Medical Records in Prevention Research

Dr. William M. Vollmer, senior investigator, Center for Health Research at Kaiser Permanente, will present a webinar on widespread use of electronic medical records on Thursday, June 15 from 11 a.m. to noon.

Vollmer is a biostatistician and health services researcher who has been conducting collaborative, multidisciplinary research at Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Health Research for more than 30 years. More recently, his research has focused on the use of large, pragmatic trials to test strategies to improve population-based management of chronic diseases.

He will accept questions during his webinar via WebEx and on Twitter with #NIHMtG.

Registration is required—visit https://nih.webex.com/nih/onstage/g.php?MTID=e0178eb23f494089d3bd299812a37ba2c. You will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the webinar.

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