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February 8, 2019
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NIH to Host Rare Disease Day, Twitter Chat in February

NIH to Host Rare Disease Day, Twitter Chat in February

Rare diseases affect an estimated 30 million Americans. On Thursday, Feb. 28, NIH will host an event to raise awareness about these diseases, the people they affect and current research collaborations.

Sponsored by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences and the Clinical Center, Rare Disease Day at NIH will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Kirschstein Auditorium, Bldg. 45.

The event will feature interactive panel discussions on collective research models for rare diseases, patient registries, rare cancer research initiatives and “no disease left behind, no patient left behind.” New this year will be a presentation of the first-ever Zebbie award for the NCATS Rare Diseases Are Not Rare! Challenge. Other highlights include posters and exhibits by rare disease groups and researchers as well as artwork, videos, networking opportunities and tours of the CC. Admission is free and open to the public. In association with Global Genes, participants are encouraged to wear their favorite pair of jeans.

Learn more about Rare Disease Day at https://ncats.nih.gov/rdd. Visit https://events-support.com/events/Rare_Disease_Day to register and view the agenda. Follow the event on social media at #RDDNIH.

Prior to the event, NIH is hosting a Twitter chat on rare diseases on Friday, Feb. 22, from 1-2 p.m. The chat will feature NIH director Dr. Francis Collins, NCATS director Dr. Christopher Austin and CC CEO Dr. James Gilman as well as representatives from the rare diseases advocacy community. Join the conversation using #NIHchat and follow@ncats_nih_gov.

Sailing Association Open House, Mar. 6

The NIH Sailing Association invites everyone to its open house on Wednesday, Mar. 6 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at FAES House at the corner of Old Georgetown Rd. and Cedar Ln. Explore your interest in learning to sail and discover opportunities for sailing with NIHSA. There will be information about 6-week basic training classes, the club’s racing program and social activities offered by NIHSA. A fee of $5 at the door includes pizza, drinks and snacks. Cash bar for beer and wine—$2 each. Look for NIHSA posters and flyers around campus. For more information, visit www.nihsail.org/.

Musicians Entertain at Clinical Center Atrium

Clinical Center staff and patients enjoyed a spirited performance by violinist Kenneth Naito (l) and pianist Serhii Morozov in the hospital atrium on Jan. 8. Naito has been playing the violin since the age of 4. He has appeared in many venues throughout the world and is currently a freshman at The Juilliard School, majoring in violin performance. Ukrainian pianist Morozov has won many piano competitions and has extensive international experience.
Clinical Center staff and patients enjoyed a spirited performance by violinist Kenneth Naito (l) and pianist Serhii Morozov in the hospital atrium on Jan. 8. Naito has been playing the violin since the age of 4. He has appeared in many venues throughout the world and is currently a freshman at The Juilliard School, majoring in violin performance. Ukrainian pianist Morozov has won many piano competitions and has extensive international experience.

PHOTO: DEBBIE ACCAME

FAPAC Issues Call for Award Nominations


The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) has issued a call for award nominations, with a deadline of Feb. 28.

The Dr. Howard K. Koh Award for Excellence in Leadership at HHS recognizes an individual who exemplifies outstanding leadership, service integrity and excellence and has significantly contributed to the mission of HHS. The nominee needs to be a member of the Asian American/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community and a current HHS employee.

The Dr. Francisco S. Sy Award for Excellence in Mentorship at HHS recognizes an employee who has provided exceptional mentorship to others from the AANHPI community, fostering their growth and development.

The recipients receive a 1-year FAPAC honorary membership, a $300 honorarium and will be recognized during the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration in May.

The application package should include the nominee’s curriculum vitae and a narrative of less than a page supporting the candidate’s nomination.

Send nominations or questions to Dr. Xujing Wang, Xujing.wang@nih.gov, (301) 451-2862 and Dr. Jean Yuan, xin.yuan@nih.gov, (301) 827-7245.


NCIís Rosenberg Honored

Dr. Steve Rosenberg

Dr. Steve Rosenberg, chief of NCI’s Surgery Branch, has received the American Medical Association’s 2019 Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service and the American Association of Immunologists’ 2019 Steinman Award for Human Immunology Research.

The Davis award recognizes individuals who promoted the art and science of medicine via government service and demonstrated outstanding leadership in his/her field.

The Steinman award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the understanding of immune processes underlying human disease pathogenesis, prevention or therapy.

 

NIH Educates on Drugs, Alcohol

participating in National Drugs & Alcohol Chat Day are (from l) FDA Center for Tobacco Products director Dr. Mitch Zeller, NIAAA director Dr. George Koob, NIMH director Dr. Joshua Gordon and NIDA deputy director Dr. Wilson Compton. NIDA’s Josie Anderson holds an NDAFW sign as she braves the cold in New York City outside NBC’s The Today Show studio.
At left, participating in National Drugs & Alcohol Chat Day are (from l) FDA Center for Tobacco Products director Dr. Mitch Zeller, NIAAA director Dr. George Koob, NIMH director Dr. Joshua Gordon and NIDA deputy director Dr. Wilson Compton. At right, NIDA’s Josie Anderson holds an NDAFW sign as she braves the cold in New York City outside NBC’s The Today Show studio.

National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week, an annual health observance about drug and alcohol use, took place Jan. 22-27. Launched in 2010 by NIDA, and in partnership with NIAAA since 2016, the event links students with scientists and other experts to shatter the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens get from the Internet, social media and movies.

This year, close to 2,000 events were held in all 50 states and in several international sites. On Jan. 24, NIDA also held its annual Drugs & Alcohol Chat Day, a web chat between hundreds of students in 44 schools across the nation and approximately 50 NIH scientists who answered a variety of drug, alcohol and mental health-related questions. Representatives from NIDA, NIAAA, NIMH and FDA were all in attendance. Nearly 4,500 questions were submitted. Visit http://teens.drugabuse.gov/national-drug-facts-week for more information about NDAFW and to read the transcript from Chat Day.

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