NIH Logo
October 20, 2017

NIH Veterans Day Celebration, Nov. 9

The entire NIH community is invited to join our military and Public Health Service colleagues to celebrate Veterans Day and to recognize their service and continued contributions to the nation. This year’s celebration will be held on Thursday, Nov. 9 in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, from 10 to 11 a.m.

The event will include a military band, remembrance table ceremony, exhibits from veteran-oriented companies and uniformed services organizations and more. NIH veterans and families of veterans are especially encouraged to attend.

This year’s keynote speaker is Army Maj. Gen. (Ret.) James Gilman, who currently serves as chief executive officer of the Clinical Center. Welcoming remarks will be delivered by Navy Commander (Ret.) Jeff McCoy, director of the Division of Design and Construction Management, NIH Office of Research Facilities.

Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Jayne Lura-Brown at or (301) 594-5342 and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339). To find out more about how veterans contribute every day to the NIH mission, visit

Lecture on Electronic Health Records, Nov. 1 in Lister Hill Auditorium

Dr. James Cimino
Dr. James Cimino

The next talk in the National Library of Medicine Biomedical Informatics and Data Science Lectures is titled “Transforming Electronic Health Records from Annoyances to Assistants: A Research Agenda for the Next Decade,” by Dr. James Cimino on Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 2 to 3 p.m. in Lister Hill Center Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

Cimino is a board-certified internist and clinical informatician, currently a professor of medicine and inaugural director of the Informatics Institute at the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Medicine. He has been carrying out clinical informatics research, building clinical information systems, teaching medical informatics and medicine and caring for patients for more than 30 years. He was formerly chief of the Laboratory for Informatics Development at the Clinical Center and the National Library of Medicine.


National Symphony Orchestra Performs at CRC

National Symphony Orchestra Performs at CRC
On Sept. 19, the Clinical Center and the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences welcomed the full National Symphony Orchestra to Bldg. 10. The orchestra performed works by Beethoven, Bach and Brahms as well as Duke Ellington, Leroy Anderson, John Williams, Emmanuel Sejourne and Aaron Copland. It featured William Gerlach on trumpet, Eric Shin on vibraphone and Steven Reineke (shown above) as conductor. Their visit marks the NSO’s 18th time performing in the Clinical Center as a part of its Sound Health initiative. NSO ensembles have scheduled performances at the Clinical Center Nov. 9 and Dec. 12. Below at left, NIH director Dr. Francis Collins welcomes the NSO to Bldg. 10. Below at right, patients, families, staff and visitors enjoyed the NSO concert both in the atrium and balconies above.


NIH director Dr. Francis Collins welcomes the NSO to Bldg. 10 patients, families, staff and visitors enjoyed the NSO concert both in the atrium and balconies above


Heitkemper To Give NINR Director’s Lecture, Nov. 14 in Lipsett

Dr. Margaret Heitkemper

Dr. Margaret Heitkemper will present the fourth 2017 NINR Director’s Lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 1 to 2 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. In her presentation “Symptom Science in Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Biomarkers to Intervention,” she will describe her program of research that addresses the pathophysiology and biobehavioral treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and the interaction of stress and symptoms in children and adults. The lecture will be followed by an opportunity for questions and discussion.

Heitkemper is professor and chair, department of biobehavioral nursing and health informatics, adjunct professor, division of gastroenterology, and co-director, Center for Innovations in Sleep Self-Management at the University of Washington. Her current studies are examining blood and fecal metabolite levels, the microbiome and intestinal permeability in men and women with IBS as well as peripheral markers of inflammation.

The NINR Director’s Lecture series is designed to bring the nation’s top nurse scientists to NIH 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

Volkow Confers with President of Iceland

NIDA director
Dr. Nora Volkow
meets with Iceland
President Gudni
Th Johannesson

NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow met with Iceland President Gudni Th Johannesson on Oct. 3 at Bessastadir, the official residence of the president, where the two discussed the science of substance use disorders. Volkow was in Iceland to participate in the Society of Alcoholism and Other Addictions’ (SAA) 40th Anniversary Conference on Drug Addiction Treatment and formal opening of the new SAA treatment center in Reykjavik. Her presentation was titled “Addiction Is a Chronic Brain Disease— What We Know Today.” The SAA is an NGO that is the leading provider of addiction treatment and addiction medicine services in Iceland.

back to top of page