Dr. Mary Beth Happ will give the third 2017 NINR Director’s Lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 1 to 2 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. In her presentation, “Giving Voice to the Voiceless: Improving Communication with Critically Ill Patients,” Happ will describe her program of research that addresses family bedside presence during critical illness, end-of-life care and treatment decision-making in the ICU and patient and family outcomes in acute-critical illness.
Happ is a nursing distinguished professor of critical care research and associate dean of research and innovation at Ohio State University College of Nursing. She is an NIH-funded researcher in the areas of critical care and aging. For more than 20 years, Happ’s research has focused on improving care and communication with impaired patients and their families and clinicians during hospitalization and at the end of life. She developed the SPEACS-2 online training program and toolkit for use with ICU patients. She is a fellow in the Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of Nursing. Happ has authored more than 120 journal articles, editorials and book chapters.
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 transdisciplinary audience. The event is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, visit www.ninr.nih.gov/directorslecture.
The 34th NIH Institute Challenge Relay will be held Thursday, Sept. 28, starting at 11:30 a.m.
The relay consists of teams of 5 runners, each of whom runs a half-mile course. 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.
The registration fee is $15 per team. To sign up for the race and to find out where it is being held—the traditional site in front of Bldg. 1 may not be available due to construction in that vicinity—visit http://govemployee.com/nih/2017/06/28/time-to-start-training-the-institute-relay-is-september-28th/. To be a race volunteer or for more information, contact the R&W office at (301) 496-6061.
HHS Secretary Tom Price spent a couple of hours at NIH on Aug. 10 touring NIAID’s Vaccine Research Center. After a meeting (above) with top NIH leaders including NIH director Dr. Francis Collins, NIH principal deputy director Dr. Lawrence Tabak and acting chief of staff Dr. Carrie Wolinetz, the secretary and several of his top staffers heard science briefings on NIH’s Approach to Emerging Infections by NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci (below, l) and a VRC overview with updates about the Zika vaccine program by VRC director Dr. John Mascola. Next on the agenda were three laboratory demonstrations: on the flu vaccine program and other respiratory viruses by VRC deputy director Dr. Barney Graham along with Dr. Michelle Crank, head of the translational sciences core in the Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory and head of the flu program under Graham, and Dr. Jeffrey Boyington, a structural biologist in Mascola’s Laboratory of Virology; on cytofluorometric analysis by Dr. Mario Roederer, acting director of the VRC Translational Research Program and chief of the immunotechnology section; and on the Ebola program by Dr. Nancy Sullivan (below, r), chief of the VRC biodefense research section. This was Secretary Price’s second visit to campus; a February visit focused on the Clinical Center.
The 2017 NIH Research Festival: A Celebration of Intramural Science will be held Sept. 13-15. This is the annual showcase of intramural research, highlighting the diversity of scientific disciplines at NIH. There will be three plenary sessions, one each morning, on: The BRAIN Initiative; Inflammatory Diseases; and The Cancer Moonshot. The concurrent symposia sessions, which will take place in the afternoons, will focus on cell-based therapies; developmental biology; genotyping and phenotyping; neuroscience and compulsive behaviors; single-cell genomics; microbiome; and RNA biology and therapeutics.
This year’s festival will be held in Bldg. 10 and will include—in addition to the plenary sessions and concurrent symposia sessions—poster sessions with more than 350 posters. On Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 13, there will be a special session featuring posters by institute directors and scientific directors; a cooking contest; and posters from the Future Research Leaders Conference attendees, sponsored by the chief officer for scientific workforce diversity.
Other highlights include the NIH Green Labs Fair and exhibits; the FARE awards ceremony; R&W Taste of Bethesda lunch; animal tribute ceremony; the Technical Sales Association Vendor Tent Show; and virtual reality demonstrations at the NIH Library.
Visit http://researchfestival.nih.gov for the full schedule, including downloading options.