Dr. Vivek Murthy, the 19th U.S. surgeon general, will visit NIH on Thursday, Sept. 7 to discuss “A Nation Under Pressure: The Public Health Consequences of Stress in America.” The event, a conversation with NIH director Dr. Francis Collins, will take place in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10 from 11 a.m. to noon and be streamed live via NIH Videocast (videocast.nih.gov) and Facebook Live (facebook.com/nih.gov and facebook.com/nih.nccih). Murthy’s talk is the 2017 Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary Therapies, part of a series honoring the founding director of NCCIH.
During their discussion, Murthy and Collins will address what research is revealing about the health effects of stress and approaches people can incorporate into their lives to help reduce stress, such as regular exercise, social connection and contemplative practices, including meditation. They will also examine how improvements in mental and emotional well-being can have a positive impact on the lives of individuals and communities and explore how models of successful interventions might be scaled to reach larger communities.
The lecture is being supported by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. For more information, visit nccih.nih.gov/news/events/lectures/SES17.
National Science Foundation director Dr. France Anne-Dominic Córdova will deliver the second annual Donald Lindberg and Donald West King Lecture, cosponsored by the Friends of the National Library of Medicine (FNLM) and the American Medical Informatics Association, on Monday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. in Lister Hill Center Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.
The lecture, which honors recently retired NLM director Lindberg and former NLM deputy director of research and education King, is titled, “Computation and Biomedicine: New Possibilities for Longstanding Challenges.”
Córdova is an American astrophysicist and the 14th director of the National Science Foundation, the only government agency charged with advancing all fields of scientific discovery, technology innovation, and science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. Previously, she was the eleventh president of Purdue University and served as NASA’s chief scientist. The program will also be videocast.
Light refreshments sponsored by FNLM will follow the lecture.
The 34th NIH Institute Challenge Relay will be held Thursday, Sept. 28 at 11:30 a.m. The NIH Recreation and Welfare Association, members of the original NIH Health’s Angels running club and the ORS Division of Amenities and Transportation Services are sponsoring this year’s relay. Last year, a record 112 teams and 560 runners participated.
The relay consists of teams of 5 runners, each of whom runs a half-mile course (yet to be determined, due to construction around Bldg. 1). All institutes, centers, divisions and contractors are invited to enter as many teams as they wish. Each team must have men and women runners, with at least two runners of the same sex.
Creative team names are a signature of the event. Examples from last year include Champ Ions, Chlor-Ride Like the Wind, Dashing Dendrites, Flossed and Furious and The Hyper Tensions.
The registration fee is $15 per team. To sign up, visit http://govemployee.com/nih/2017/06/28/time-to-start-training-the-institute-relay-is-september-28th/, where race site information will also be included in early September. To be a race volunteer or for more information, contact the R&W office at (301) 496-6061.
NIH has a friend at the helm of the World Health Organization in Geneva, now that Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has taken up his position as director-general. Known as “Dr. Tedros,” he previously served as health and foreign minister of Ethiopia, where he got to know NIH and Fogarty while collaborating on a Medical Education Partnership Award.
In preparation for assuming office on July 1, Ghebreyesus spent 5 days in the U.S., visiting the leadership of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, World Bank, UN, State Department, HHS, CDC and NIH. While in Bethesda, he met with NIH director Dr. Francis Collins and Fogarty director Dr. Roger Glass, among others.
In his initial address to staff, Ghebreyesus pledged a commitment to global health equity, noting that without health, people have nothing. “This is our collective vision: a world where everyone can achieve healthy and productive lives, no matter who they are or where they live.”
He listed four priorities: universal health coverage; health emergencies; women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health; and health impacts of climate and environmental change. He has also emphasized the importance of continuing efforts to turn WHO into a more effective, transparent and accountable agency, serving as “the best possible” partner for global health.
“WHO’s work is about serving people, about serving humanity,” Ghebreyesus said. “Most importantly, it’s about fighting to ensure the health of people as a basic human right.”
Dr. Jason Moore, director of the Institute for Biomedical Informatics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, will present the next Medicine: Mind the Gap webinar on “Automating Machine Learning for Prevention Research” on Tuesday, Aug. 29 from 11 a.m. to noon. The event is sponsored by the NIH Office of Disease Prevention.
Successful disease prevention will depend on modeling human health as a complex system that is dynamic in time and space and driven by biomolecular and physiologic interactions. Machine learning holds promise for embracing this complexity in Big Data.
Moore came to the University of Pennsylvania in 2015 from Dartmouth College, where he was director of the Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Sciences.
Moore will accept questions during his webinar via WebEx and on Twitter with #NIHMtG.