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July 27, 2018
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Aug. 9
Summer Poster Day at Natcher

Summer Poster Day 2018 is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 9, at Natcher Conference Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event provides an opportunity for summer interns to share the research they have been conducting at NIH and develop their communication and networking skills.

This year, more than 1,000 summer interns are registered to present posters. Investigators, staff scientists and scientific administrators can make a particularly important contribution to Summer Poster Day by visiting posters and engaging their authors in discussion. For more information, visit https://www.training.nih.gov/summer_poster_day.


New App Puts Herbal Information at Your Fingertips

New App of Herbal Information

NCCIH has released its first mobile app, HerbList, a free resource of research-based information on the safety and effectiveness of dozens of popular herbs and herbal products. Curious about echinacea, acai, ginkgo or turmeric? Reliable information is available on them and on more than 50 other herbs marketed for health purposes. Don’t have an internet connection? No problem—HerbList works offline.

“HerbList is part of NCCIH’s effort to inform consumers and health care providers within the complementary and integrative health space,” said NCCIH acting director Dr. David Shurtleff. “People are considering herbs and herbal supplements for self-care and other reasons. It’s important that they are aware of what the science says about safety and effectiveness.”

The app’s source information is NCCIH’s Herbs At a Glance series of fact sheets.

HerbList is available free for both iOS and Android devices through links at https://nccih.nih.gov/Health/HerbListApp.

Music Plays On at CRC Atrium

Dr. Robert Redfield, the 18th director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a longtime HIV researcher, visited NIH on June 12. He met with NIH senior leadership about opioids, the BRAIN Initiative and neuroscience and a universal flu vaccine. Above, at the Vaccine Research Center, Redfield (l) and Amanda Campbell, CDC deputy chief of staff, meet with (from l) NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci, VRC director Dr. John Mascola and NIH director Dr. Francis Collins
Musicians hit high notes this summer as part of the Clinical Center’s music in the atrium series. Recent performances have included the University of Maryland Jazz Quintet (above); local pianist, composer and singer Chris Urquiaga (lower left); and a string quartet from the National Symphony Orchestra (lower right). The concerts, held in the Clinical Research Center’s atrium, support an environment of care and healing. Patients, their families and visitors as well as NIH staff are invited to attend. Mark your calendars for upcoming concerts, including the full NSO orchestra Sept. 18: https://clinicalcenter.nih.gov/ocmr/music.html.
composer and singer Chris Urquiaga string quartet from the National Symphony Orchestra


Stratakis Honored by Alma Mater

NICHD scientific director Dr. Constantine Stratakis (r) was recently honored at the University of Athens, where he got his start.

NICHD scientific director Dr. Constantine Stratakis (r) was recently honored at the University of Athens, where he got his start. He received an honorary doctorate from the university, presented by Prof. George Zografos, vice-rector of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Also receiving an honorary doctorate was Dr. Owen Rennert, NICHD’s former scientific director.

 

 

NIDA’s Etz Receives Award

NIDA health scientist administrator Dr. Kathy Etz (l) was presented with the 2018 Advances in Culture and Diversity in Prevention Science Award in Washington, D.C., at the recent 26th annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Research.

NIDA health scientist administrator Dr. Kathy Etz (l) was presented with the 2018 Advances in Culture and Diversity in Prevention Science Award in Washington, D.C., at the recent 26th annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Research. Etz was nominated for her outstanding contributions to advancing the field of prevention science. She was recognized for her work to enhance the understanding of culture in prevention science and the development and adaptation of effective prevention strategies for traditionally underserved and/or underrepresented populations, including racial and ethnic minorities. Presenting the award is SPR president Dr. Leslie Leve.

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