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November 3, 2017
Briefs

Wong To Give Sayer Lecture, Nov. 17

Dr. Wai T. Wong, a National Eye Institute investigator in the unit on neuron-glia interactions in retinal disease, will give the 10th Sayer Vision Research Lecture on Friday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10.

Dr. Wai T. Wong
Dr. Wai T. Wong

His presentation, “Microglia in the Retina: Roles in Health, Aging and Disease,” will describe efforts to understand how chronic neuroinflammation contributes to diseases of the retina, the light sensitive tissue at the back of the eye.

Wong and his colleagues focus specifically on microglia, resident immune cells in the retina and other parts of the central nervous system. They study the general function of microglia, how the cells interact with other retinal cells and their role in aging and retinal diseases such as age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

Recent discoveries from the lab indicate that microglia are actively involved in keeping the retina healthy. A decline of these functions during aging and disease is believed to contribute to retinal cell degeneration. Understanding microglia and their contribution to neuroinflammation may help identify novel approaches for treating retinal diseases.

The Sayer Vision Research Lecture Series features prominent scientists conducting vision-related research. It is cohosted by NEI and the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.

Know Someone Looking for a Position in Child Care?

The newest child care center on campus, Northwest Child Care Center (NWCCC), is now open and providing care for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 6 years. The child care provider, Rockville Day Care Association (RDCA), is seeking reliable, friendly and energetic staff (teachers, aides and cooks) to work and grow with their organization. RDCA has been providing early childhood and school age child care services throughout Montgomery County since 1969.

To apply for a position at the NWCCC, call RDCA at (301) 762-7420 or send an email to Maureen.Bartkow@rockvilledaycare.org. For more information about RDCA, visit https://rockvilledaycare.org/.

For information about NIH Child and Family Programs, visit https://www.childfamilycare.ors.nih.gov.

Congressional Black Caucus Visits NIH

Eight members of the Congressional Black Caucus spent the afternoon of Sept. 25 meeting with NIH leadership and taking tours of an NCI molecular imaging lab, an NHLBI sickle cell lab and speaking with post-baccalaureate and graduate student trainees. In the photo above are (seated, from l) Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL), Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-IL), Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC). Standing are (from l) Dr. Hannah Valantine, chief officer for scientific workforce diversity; NIMHD director Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable; NIDDK director Dr. Griffin Rodgers; Rep. Terri A. Sewell (D-AL); NIH director Dr. Francis Collins; Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL); NHLBI director Dr. Gary Gibbons; NICHD director Dr. Diana Bianchi; NIH principal deputy director Dr. Lawrence Tabak; and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX).
Eight members of the Congressional Black Caucus spent the afternoon of Sept. 25 meeting with NIH leadership and taking tours of an NCI molecular imaging lab, an NHLBI sickle cell lab and speaking with post-baccalaureate and graduate student trainees. In the photo above are (seated, from l) Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL), Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-IL), Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC). Standing are (from l) Dr. Hannah Valantine, chief officer for scientific workforce diversity; NIMHD director Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable; NIDDK director Dr. Griffin Rodgers; Rep. Terri A. Sewell (D-AL); NIH director Dr. Francis Collins; Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL); NHLBI director Dr. Gary Gibbons; NICHD director Dr. Diana Bianchi; NIH principal deputy director Dr. Lawrence Tabak; and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX). Below, caucus members pose with trainees (kneeling, from l) Akanni Clark, NINDS graduate student; Ashley Pitt, NIDDK graduate student; postbac Ramon Jauregui of NEI; and Nia Byrd of OD.

PHOTOS: MARLEEN VAN DEN NESTE
caucus members pose with trainees (kneeling, from l) Akanni Clark, NINDS graduate student; Ashley Pitt, NIDDK graduate student; postbac Ramon Jauregui of NEI; and Nia Byrd of OD.


NIH Community College Day 2017

The NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education announces NIH Community College Day 2017. The event will provide community college students and faculty an opportunity to visit the campus and learn about careers and training opportunities in biomedical and health care fields. The all-day event will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 21 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Natcher Conference Center. To register and for more information visit www.training.nih.gov.

NIH Library Offers Writing, Editing Webinar

The NIH Library is offering a “Tips for the Path to Publishing Success” webinar on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2-3 p.m. Guest presenters Dr. Philippa J. Benson, managing editor, Science Advances, and Dr. Brooke LaFlamme, chief editor, Communications Biology, will discuss writing, editing and publishing issues from a journal editor’s perspective. To register, visit https://nih.webex.com/nih/k2/j.php?MTID=t3cf900705c65bdb2ff619ea44c79a00a. For more information, contact Cindy Clark at Cindy.Clark@nih.gov.

Pérez-Stable Addresses Black Caucus

Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable (r), director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, served on a panel titled “African-American Participation in Clinical Trials: Challenging the Gold Standard” during the 47th Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual legislative conference on Sept. 20. Moderated by former U.S. Rep. Dr. Donna M. Christensen, the panel included Dr. Edwin Chapman Sr., Dr. Andrea Phillips and Harriet A. Washington. Dr. David Satcher (l), 16th U.S. surgeon general, gave the keynote address.

Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable (r), director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, served on a panel titled “African-American Participation in Clinical Trials: Challenging the Gold Standard” during the 47th Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual legislative conference on Sept. 20. Moderated by former U.S. Rep. Dr. Donna M. Christensen, the panel included Dr. Edwin Chapman Sr., Dr. Andrea Phillips and Harriet A. Washington. Dr. David Satcher (l), 16th U.S. surgeon general, gave the keynote address.

Getting To ‘Know the Science’ of Health

Do you ever feel unsure how to interpret study findings in a scientific journal? Do the glowing claims for a dietary supplement appear too good to be true? And what’s the real deal with that “miracle cure” being touted by a TV doctor?

Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable (r), director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, served on a panel titled “African-American Participation in Clinical Trials: Challenging the Gold Standard” during the 47th Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual legislative conference on Sept. 20. Moderated by former U.S. Rep. Dr. Donna M. Christensen, the panel included Dr. Edwin Chapman Sr., Dr. Andrea Phillips and Harriet A. Washington. Dr. David Satcher (l), 16th U.S. surgeon general, gave the keynote address.

Help is here, in the form of a new initiative with a set of resources from NCCIH called “Know the Science.” They are designed to help consumers better understand complex scientific concepts, topics, news stories, etc., relating to health research, so they can more readily evaluate them and make well-informed health decisions. While complementary approaches are occasionally highlighted, the materials apply across all areas of health.

Interactive modules, quizzes, infographics and videos are featured (with more on the way), as well as links to other NIH science literacy resources. Sample NCCIH topics include making sense of health research, interpreting health news stories and explaining why calling something “natural” does not necessarily mean it is “safer” or “better.”

Staff at the center and a team from its advisory council developed the resources after researching science literacy gaps and consulting both NIH and external experts. Visit https://nccih.nih.gov/health/know-science.

Partnership To Speed Cancer Therapies

Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable (r), director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, served on a panel titled “African-American Participation in Clinical Trials: Challenging the Gold Standard” during the 47th Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual legislative conference on Sept. 20. Moderated by former U.S. Rep. Dr. Donna M. Christensen, the panel included Dr. Edwin Chapman Sr., Dr. Andrea Phillips and Harriet A. Washington. Dr. David Satcher (l), 16th U.S. surgeon general, gave the keynote address. On Oct. 12, NIH and 11 biopharmaceutical companies launched the Partnership for Accelerating Cancer Therapies (PACT), a 5-year public-private research collaboration totaling $215 million as part of the Cancer Moonshot. On hand at the announcement at the National Press Club were (from l) NCI acting director Dr. Doug Lowy, patient Melinda Bachini and NIH director Dr. Francis Collins. PACT will initially focus on efforts to identify, develop and validate robust biomarkers—standardized biological markers of disease and treatment response—to advance new immunotherapy treatments that harness the immune system to attack cancer. The partnership will be managed by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, with the Food and Drug Administration serving in an advisory role.

PHOTO: ANDREW PROPP

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Host Learning Event at NIH

NIH RPCV panelists (from l) Stephanie N. Smith (Namibia, ’95-’98), Anne Smogur-Saldivar (Jordan, ’10-’12), Jessica Corley (Belize, ’14-’16) and Hannah M. Savage (Zambia, ’12-’14) were joined by Peace Corps recruiter Keely Hayes (r) for a presentation and panel discussion.
NIH RPCV panelists (from l) Stephanie N. Smith (Namibia, ’95-’98), Anne Smogur-Saldivar (Jordan, ’10-’12), Jessica Corley (Belize, ’14-’16) and Hannah M. Savage (Zambia, ’12-’14) were joined by Peace Corps recruiter Keely Hayes (r) for a presentation and panel discussion.

PHOTO: COLLEEN DUNDAS

Recently, the NIH Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV) group organized an on-campus event to offer interested NIH’ers an opportunity to learn more about service in the Peace Corps. NIH RPCV panelists were joined by a Peace Corps recruiter for a presentation and panel discussion. Attendees gained a better understanding of how the Peace Corps could shape careers in global health, medicine and the sciences while exploring after-service benefits such as education rewards and non-competitive eligibility for federal positions.

“It was a pleasant surprise to see just how many transferable skills I gained in the Peace Corps that I now use here at NIH,” said panelist Jessica Corley (Belize, ’14-’16).

Panel questions ranged from “What [were] your village, diet and projects like?” and “Is there an age limit?” to “What was your biggest challenge?” and “Would you do it again?”

The panelists gave a variety of intriguing responses and stories to help paint a picture of their experience for the audience. For answers to these questions and more, check out https://www.peacecorps.gov/faqs/.

If you are a returned Peace Corps volunteer and are interested in joining the RPCV at NIH, email the listserv RPCVS_AT_NIH@LIST.NIH.GOV.

Dec. 5-6
Workshop on Obesity Prevention Set

NIH is hosting the Pathways to Prevention Workshop: Methods for Evaluating Natural Experiments in Obesity Dec. 5-6 at Natcher Conference Center.

It is designed for obesity researchers, practitioners and others in related fields who are interested in obesity prevention and control and in natural experiment research. During the workshop, an independent panel and attendees will have the opportunity to listen to presentations by experts in the field of obesity research and to participate in open discussion sessions.

The event is free and open to the public. To register to attend or watch live via NIH Videocast, visit https://prevention.nih.gov/P2P-obesity-reg.

Sponsors include the Office of Disease Prevention, NCI, NHLBI and NIDDK.

Nov. 15
America Recycles Day

America Recycles Day (ARD) is Wednesday, Nov. 15. The Division of Environmental Protection will partner with the ORS Division of Logistics Services, sustainable lab practices working group, green team leads council and sustainability partners to host information and recycling activities Monday, Nov. 13 through Friday, Nov. 17.

ARD is a nationwide endeavor to celebrate recycling efforts, increase recycling awareness and promote recycling initiatives. Stop by an information table from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 15 to take the NIH Recycling Pledge and pick up recycling information at the following cafeteria locations: Bldgs. 10 (B1 and 2nd floor), 31, 35, 38 and 45.

Containers will be located in the lobbies of Bldgs. 1, 10 South, 13, 31A, 35, 38A, 40, 45 and 50 to collect non-accountable items (e.g., electronics, floppy disks, CDs, cords, microwaves, coffee makers, monitor stands, metal staplers, hole punchers) from the beginning of ARD week until Friday at 2 p.m.

The Shady Grove, Baltimore and Research Triangle Park campuses will also host activities. For more information, email Jaqie McGauley (jacquelyn.mcgauley@nih.gov) or Tierra Robinson (tierra.robinson-morgan@nih.gov). Updated information will also be posted at https://nems.nih.gov/Pages/default.aspx.

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