On Thursday, Jan. 25, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research will convene a scientific symposium “Autotherapies: Enhancing Our Innate Healing Capacity” in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10 from 8 a.m. to noon.
Advancing the development of autotherapies is one of the five goals of NIDCR 2030, a vision for the future of dental, oral and craniofacial research. Autotherapies are treatments based on the body’s natural ability to heal and protect itself.
For example, immunotherapy harnesses the body’s immune cells to fight cancer and is now in clinical use. In the dental, oral and craniofacial region, autotherapies could be used to selectively signal the body to repair and regenerate tissue, trigger immune responses and restore a natural microbial balance. These strategies might also help to heal damaged or diseased tissues in other parts of the body, prevent or treat infections, fight cancer, treat autoimmune conditions and enhance overall health.
In opening remarks, NIH principal deputy director Dr. Lawrence Tabak will provide an overview of the topic and goals of the event. The symposium will feature four presentations from experts in stem cell biology, craniofacial anomalies and regeneration, regenerative bioengineering and cancer immunotherapy.
The symposium is free and open to the public; no registration is required. The lecture will be videocast live and archived. Sign language interpretation is available upon request. Individuals who need accommodation should contact Mary Daum at Mary.Daum@nih.gov or (301) 594-7559.
NIDA Teleconference Discusses Teen Drug Use Survey Results
The National Institute on Drug Abuse hosted a press teleconference Dec. 14 to discuss the findings of the 43rd annual Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey.
This year’s MTF survey of drug use and attitudes among American 8th, 10th and 12th graders in schools nationwide continues to provide encouraging news with self-reported use of alcohol, cigarettes and many illicit drugs remaining at historically low levels.
However, the survey also found that both vaping and marijuana are more popular than cigarettes.
And what teens say is in the vaping device varies from nicotine, marijuana or “just flavoring.” The survey also shows continuing decreases in the perceived harms of many drugs, including marijuana.
The MTF survey, funded by NIDA, is conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan.
For more on the survey visit https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/monitoring-future.
Chorus Makes 35th Annual Caroling Visit to CC Patients
Santa, Local Celebs Add Cheer to Children’s Inn Season
The holiday season at the Children’s Inn at NIH was decidedly cheerier with visits by Santa and several local celebrities.
On Dec. 13, about 50 families gathered outside the inn to greet the annual Santa Ride featuring both the main man and Mrs. Claus, escorted by about 30 motorcycle officers from the Montgomery County Police Department who arrived with sirens blaring.
Sans reindeer for the visit, Santa (also known as MCPD Ofcr. Robert Ladany) stepped off a Harley- Davidson, to the delighted cheers of inn residents. Once inside, he and the missus took photos with kids and chatted about holiday wishes as police motorcycle “elves” painted residents’ faces and had their own faces painted.
On Dec. 22, Washington Wizards power forward Markieff Morris temporarily traded the basketball for an icing tube to help make cookies for Santa with inn kids and family members.
That same day, Real Housewives of Potomac reality TV star Karen Huger helped out during Camp INNcredible, a daily 2-hour winter break camp experience filled with fun learning activities for children spending the holidays at the inn.
NIAMS Hosts D.C. Lupus Consortium Meeting