Accreditation of NIH’s Human-Subjects Research Protections Program
BY MICHAEL GOTTESMAN, DDIR; AND LYNNETTE NIEMAN, DIRECTOR, OHSRP
From the time its Clinical Center opened in the 1950s, NIH has been a leader in conducting clinical research under a complex oversight system that reflects legal and regulatory requirements and international ethical standards. We are pleased to announce that the high quality of our human-subjects research protections program was recognized recently when the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) awarded full accreditation to the NIH intramural research program.
Read about the latest findings by NIH intramural scientists including: a new gene associated with ALS and dementia; obesity primes the colon for cancer; why vein grafts fail; prevalence of allergies is the same no matter where people live; and more.
The Lay Audience Includes Potential Collaborators and Funders
BY JOHN DANIELS, NHGRI
When you think of a scientific poster, you may picture minutely detailed text of dense information colored only by a bar graph or a grossly enlarged microscopic image. But at a symposium held at NIH in December 2013, researchers from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) experimented with a new approach: translating their posters into language accessible to the lay public. Of the more than 100 posters presented during the symposium, 11 were of the plain-language variety.
Expanding Your NIH Experience: Flourishing beyond the Bench
BY PATRICIA FORCINITO, NIDCR, AND WENDY KNOSP, NIDCR
NIH’s Fellows Committee (FelCom) offers a variety of activities and useful resources for trainees, including the opportunity to participate in community-service activities through its Service and Outreach Subcommittee (SOS). Recently, the SOS hosted a luncheon for residents of NIH’s Edmond J. Safra Family Lodge, which provides a temporary home for families and loved ones of Clinical Center patients.
National Academy of Sciences: In April 2014, Carolina Barillas-Mury (NIAID), Marius G. Clore (NIDDK), and Shiv I. Grewal (NCI) were elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors a scientist can receive. The awardees will present their work at a mini symposium on Monday, June 16, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., in Masur Auditorium (Building 10)
American Academy of Arts and Sciences: Donald Lee Court (NCI), Thomas A. Kunkel (NIEHS), and Shiv I. Grewal (NCI) were elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in April 2014. Other notable members of the 2014 class include actor Alfredo “Al” Pacino; New York Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director Alan Gilbert; and award-winning American author Adam Hochschild.
OTHER EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS: WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON LECTURE SERIES (WALS); LIPID MEDIATORS AND THE REGULATION OF INFLAMMATION AND DISEASE (MAY 30); HISTORY OF MEDICINE LECTURES (JUNE 17, JULY 15); NIH COMMON FUND 10-YEAR COMMEMORATION SYMPOSIUM (JUNE 19); NIH GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL FAIR (JULY 16); POSTDOC POSITIONS AT NIEHS; APPLY FOR BENCH-TO-BEDSIDE AWARDS; AND MORE
The NIH Bethesda campus was buzzing with excitement recently when the Dalai Lama visited the Clinical Center and gave the annual J. Edward Rall Cultural Lecture. He has been interacting with scientists since the 1980s and welcomed the opportunity to interact with NIHers and Clinical Center patients.