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April 6, 2018
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Talent Search Finalists Visit NIH

On Mar. 12, some 40 finalists (above) in the 2018 Regeneron Science Talent Search spent an afternoon at NIH. Oriented to campus by Dr. Erika Barr, special projects coordinator and director, Community College Programs, Office of Intramural Training & Education, the youngsters visited NIDDK, NHLBI, NIDCD and NINR laboratories and facilities.
On Mar. 12, some 40 finalists (above) in the 2018 Regeneron Science Talent Search spent an afternoon at NIH. Oriented to campus by Dr. Erika Barr, special projects coordinator and director, Community College Programs, Office of Intramural Training & Education, the youngsters visited NIDDK, NHLBI, NIDCD and NINR laboratories and facilities. Last stop was a conversation with NIH principal deputy director Dr. Lawrence Tabak (below, l). The young scientists (below, r) clearly enjoyed the experience.

PHOTOS: CHIA-CHI CHARLIE CHANG

Last stop was a conversation with NIH principal deputy director Dr. Lawrence Tabak The young scientists (below, r) clearly enjoyed the experience.


Through Apr. 15
Join the Conversation About Alzheimer’s Research Participation

How can you help? Go to NIA’s IdeaScale community (http://bit.ly/ADrecruit) to contribute your own ideas, browse ideas that have already been submitted, comment and vote for your favorites.

The National Institute on Aging seeks ideas from the wider community—advocates, clinicians, people with dementia, family members, caregivers, researchers and site coordinators—about how to overcome barriers and optimize participation in Alzheimer’s research.

Clinical trials and studies are critical to finding a treatment or cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Yet efforts in many cases to engage participants in Alzheimer’s research have not been able to keep pace with the need. NIA convened this effort, joined by colleagues at the Alzheimer’s Association, researchers and others dedicated to trying to solve this problem.

How can you help? Go to NIA’s IdeaScale community (http://bit.ly/ADrecruit) to contribute your own ideas, browse ideas that have already been submitted, comment and vote for your favorites.

NIA is looking for ideas on how to optimize recruitment by building trusting relationships in local communities, raising national awareness about participation in studies, enhancing the capacity of study sites, tracking progress and cultivating a science of recruitment. The IdeaScale community will be open through Apr. 15.

Celebrate National DNA Day, Apr. 25

Dr. Olivier Noel
Dr. Olivier Noel

In recognition of National DNA Day, NHGRI will host its annual speaker series with guest Dr. Olivier Noel, CEO of DNAsimple, a startup company that helps accelerate genetic research by connecting DNA donors with research scientists. He has also been featured on ABC’s Shark Tank. The event will take place on Wednesday, Apr. 25 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A.

Olivier will discuss entrepreneurship and startups in science. For details on the lecture or to register to attend in person, visit https://www.genome.gov/20519689/celebrate-dna-day-with-nhgri/.

National DNA Day commemorates the successful completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of DNA’s double helix in 1953. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the project’s completion. The goal of the day is to offer students, teachers and the public an opportunity to learn about and celebrate the latest advances in genomic research and explore how those advances might affect their lives.

For more information on National DNA Day, visit https://www.genome.gov/10506367/national-dna-day/.

Krebs To Speak on Improving Chronic-Pain Management, Apr. 23

On Monday, Apr. 23 at 11 a.m., Dr. Erin Krebs will lecture in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10, on “Reframing the Primary Care Management of Chronic Pain.” An internist, Krebs is a health-services researcher and associate professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School and the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System. Her talk is part of NCCIH’s Integrative Medicine Research Lecture Series.

Krebs will discuss the characteristics and clinical needs of patients with chronic pain, including those receiving long-term opioid therapy. She will provide examples of recent and ongoing research and explore opportunities to improve chronic-pain management, including in U.S. military and veteran populations. The lecture will be available at videocast.nih.gov and facebook.com/nih.nccih; more information is at https://nccih.nih.gov/news/events/IMlectures.

Postbaccalaureate Poster Day 2018

Postbac Poster Day is scheduled for Wednesday, May 2. It will be held at Natcher Conference Center from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Poster Day keynote address will begin at noon followed by presentation of Postbac Distinguished Mentoring Award(s) to NIH investigators selected by the postbacs. Poster session I will take place from 10 a.m. to noon and poster session II is from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Postbac Poster Day provides an opportunity for postbacs to share the research they have been conducting at NIH and at the same time develop their scientific communication and networking skills. Posters will be reviewed by teams composed of graduate students, postdocs and staff scientists/clinicians. The authors of the top 20 percent will receive a letter acknowledging their accomplishments.

Investigators, staff scientists and scientific administrators can make an important contribution to the event by visiting posters and engaging the authors in discussion. For more information, visit https://www.training.nih.gov/postbac_poster_day.

Bike to Work Day, May 18

Bike to Work Day 2011 featured a novel 2-wheeler.
Bike to Work Day 2011 featured a novel 2-wheeler.

The NIH Bicycle Commuter Club and the Division of Amenities and Transportation Services invite you to celebrate Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 18. Join your friends and colleagues as we celebrate bicycling as an environmentally friendly, fun and healthy alternative to driving.

Register for free at www.biketoworkmetrodc.org. As the event approaches, DATS will send reminders to the NIH community with updates and NIH-affiliated pit stops.

Remember to enter your employer as “National Institutes of Health.” This will help us defend our title as the employer with the most participants.

Also, anyone who registers gets a free 2018 Bike to Work Day T-shirt (available while supplies last).

5K Set to Mark National Minority Health Month, Apr. 11

On Wednesday, Apr. 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., join the 2nd Minority Health 5K Walk/Run in recognition of April as National Minority Health Month.

The event will take place on the main campus in front of Bldg. 1. Don’t forget your NIH ID (the course goes outside the perimeter fence) and follow the walk/run at #minorityhealth5K. Register today at https://nimhd.nih.gov/contactform/registration-form02.html.

The event is jointly sponsored by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, the Office of Research Services and the Recreation and Welfare Association Fitness and Wellbeing Program.

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